LIFE AFTER DEATHIn the Bible there are two words that have been translated into the English word life. One is bios, which means biological life and the other is Zoe which is the life of God.The Bible teaches us that God is eternal having noMoreLIFE AFTER DEATHIn the Bible there are two words that have been translated into the English word life. One is bios, which means biological life and the other is Zoe which is the life of God.The Bible teaches us that God is eternal having no beginning and no end.
Therefore Zoe means eternal life, or the life of God, and a life that has no end.When the Bible talks about death, one of the main meanings is separation. Physical death is when the human spirit leaves the human body. Spiritual death is when the person is separated from the life of God.The Bible teaches that it is appointed for man once to die and then to face judgment.
This future judgment is part of what we could call life after death.The Bible says that man was created in the image of God. This is the main difference between men and animals. Being created in the image of God indicates that there is something more in man than is in any of the animals. Man also has a spirit. So when a person dies their spirit separates from their body and we call that physical death.
However the person continues to live spiritually since their spiritual existence is eternal. This is also what we call life after death.There was a time when there were no angels, no men, no planets, no galaxies, nothing except God, yet he filled the entire universe. The purpose of God existed before the creation of the universe and still exists today and will exist forever.FINDING YOU PURPOSETragically many people interpret Gods purpose as a reaction to the fall of man. Not to diminish the importance of salvation and redemption, but we must not think that Gods eternal purpose is to merely save man.
Salvation is not the final goal, but merely a course correction.Evangelism and missions are very important, but they are not eternal. God’s eternal purpose existed before mans fall and will continue to exist after the Lord returns. God is one yet He exists as three, so we say that he is triune. Knowing that we were created in Gods image, we understand that God the Fathers purpose is for man to enjoy the same kind of life that he enjoyed with the Son and the Spirit and that he have a body to express his divine life and words to the world thus, he created man in His image and likeness.To possess eternal life means to have the life of God.
We can say that eternal life is represented by the relationship of the three persons of the Trinity, which is also called the House of God. God would not enjoy this life in isolation- he decided to live among his creation. God wants us to be partakers of His nature. We receive His life and thus live the same life that He lives, a life devoted to each other, the life of his body the Church. The real life of the Church must be the life with which the triune God lives. In Genesis 1:26 we read that God created man in his own image to have dominion, thus we see that there is a close relationship between image and dominion.
God has included you in all of this!YOU ARE NOT ALONEMan sinned, lost the image of God and the authority attached to it. But, thank God, the image of the Lord is being restored in each of us individually.Our focus has often been solely on the appearance of Christ in us, we are born again- have fellowship with the Father and receive the blessings of redemption.
But to be in Christ is a corporate dynamic. We must abide in Him if we are to bear fruit. We abide in His Word and the fellowship of the Spirit, but abiding in Him also means abiding in the Body, the Church.Gods intention is to form a body that will become the full expression of Christ on earth (Eph.
1:22-23).The head without a body is incomplete and a body without the head is useless. The body expresses the intent of the head. The head gives an order and the body executes it.