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John 1:4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 1. zoe (2222) (Eng.

, zoo, zoology) is used in the NT: of life as a principle, life in the absolute sense, life as God has it, that which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself, John 5:26, and which the Son manifested in the world, 1 John 1:2. From this life man has become alienated in consequence of the Fall, Eph. 4:18, and of this life men become partakers through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, John 3:15, Eternal life is the present actual possession of the believer because of his relationship with Christ, John 5:24; 1 John 3:14, This life is a term equivalent to the gospel, the faith, Christianity, Acts 5:20. Death came through sin, Rom. 5:12, which is rebellion against God. Sin thus involved the forfeiting of the life.
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William Edwy Vine, in his Vines Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words does have more to relate concerning zoe - life. But most of that, is not concerned with the substance of the life - zoe, it is to bolster what is a commonly accepted Evangelical perspective (some valid, some subject to debate), mostly defining our legal relation to life. My concern, right now is what is this life - that is light - that was possessed by this Word - the Eternal Christ. Being able to find and provide an exhaustive, all inclusive definition - I do not believe is possible. Because we are dealing with an infinite qualitative quantity that is the life of God, Himself. And as God is infinite, we, as finite, can not contain all that might define that life. But our relative infinitesimal being, such as it is, is the receptor, the container, the expresser - of that life. I have come to believe that to try and apply some qualitative, quantitative description of this life, apart from the actualization of this life, in the one being communicated too, is a near (if not actual) impossibility. How can you communicate the infinite, in finite categories. The best our language would be is parables (though not actually a parable). But still, we are capable of recognizing qualitative factors of this life as: righteousness, peace and joy, character traits of: love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence), diligence, virtue, knowledge (intelligence), godliness (piety), hope, humility, meekness, merciful, purity of motive. These are not the results of a manufacturing process. They are the result of a nurtured

life. A seed that is planted, germinates and is encouraged to grow. Not made to grow. Not held in expectation of a arbitrary, predetermined standard or benchmark of what qualifies as maturity, but allowed to develop to the potential God gives. Our religious systems have perverted this. And just as there are the competitive, survival of the fittest, social and economic Darwinian standards exalted in the world, the predatory animal nature of man is allowed to dominate our Church environment. We take it unto our own selves to make it happen. Politically, Economically, Socially and Religiously. Life will grow, given the proper environment. Our religious fertilizer (BS) is not mandatory. Our religion rewards us with social standing, recognition, possibly position. Seeking the Kingdom rewards us with Jesus, and ALL that may be His. Social standing, recognition and position, are not on that list. But you do what you want too.