Commentary on "Life"
Day 6: Thursday, April 23, 2009
Fullness of Life
This lesson returns to John 10:10 and the fullness of life. A topic which has already been covered in the introduction of this week's theme. It is implied that as we grow in our Christian life we will have increased "to the full".
It has already been pointed out that this verse is related to the parable of the sheepfold and includes much more than living our lives to the full in the way described in this lesson. Rather, it is about being more alive because we now have a physical body and soul that is joined with a living spirit. We are more alive because, as Christians, we are now indwelt by the Holy Spirit who brings life to our spirit. It is about being members of God's sheepfold. It is about a life that is full of assurance of salvation, safe in God's sheepfold. Then, and only then, can the working out of the fullness of life as described in this lesson occur.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (I Thess. 5:23 KJV).
The lesson author almost has it right when he states that a person who is living life to the full is one whose life "will, therefore, be eternal". A correction is needed here. A person who has "fullness of life" already has eternal life. When we have eternal fullness of life, we can live exciting lives, lives lived to the full.
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