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Viewpoint from Allan Jeavons 15/06/2018

AL JEAVONSAllan Jeavons
Elder, New Wine Christian Fellowship, Martham

 

as published in the Yarmouth Mercury

 

Life:  what’s it about?  Where’s my life going?  I’ll get my life together … one day
 
We may have said this about ourselves and we have certainly heard it from others, but what is Life?
 
Bearing in mind that the Eskimos have 50 words for 'snow' whilst we have only one, let me point you to the New Testament  where there are three different words for life —Bios, Psyche and Zoe — each is translated for us into English as “life” but each has a very different meaning
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  1. Bios, in Luke 8:14: “…anxieties and riches and pleasure of this life.” Bios refers to the life of the physical body and it’s where we get the word biology

  2. Psyche, in  "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…”

  3. Psyche refers to the psychological life of the human soul, that is, the mind, emotion and will. It is where we get the word psychology 

It’s all about Zoe


When Jesus said in John 10:10 “… but I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect  — life in its fullness until you overflow!”  
That is “ZOE” the eternal life that comes through God
 
 
Dove rightWhen Jesus said in John 3:16 (ANIV) "For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” That is ZOE
 
John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life.”  That is ZOE
 
Receiving eternal life is the most miraculous incident in life.  We call it the new birth. Some call it "getting religion," but that's not what it is

It is God imparting His very nature, substance, and being to our human spirits

What God wants is that we human beings would take in His eternal life. By our taking in His life, He becomes our real life and we can express Him through our living
 


 

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Feedback:
Derek Mill (Guest) 15/06/2018 20:33
This is fantastic! I knew there were different words for love but hadn't really thought about life. Thanks Allan, great to hear this put so clearly. Wonderful stuff; here's to Life - Zoe.