September 23, 2018
"Because 1 live, you will live also." (John 14:19)
There is a great difference between the first three gospels and that of John. John was the beloved friend of Jesus. He understood the Master better than the others. John 13-17 is considered by many to be the inmost sanctuary of the New Testament. The other gospel writers spoke of repentance and the pardon of sin as the first great gift of the New Testament. But they said little of the new life that the new covenant was to bring, with the new heart in which the law had been put as a living power. John recorded what Christ taught about His life really becoming ours and our being united with Him just as He was with the Father. The other gospel writers spoke of Christ as the Shepherd seeking and saving the lost; John spoke of Him as the Shepherd who so gives His life for the sheep that His very life becomes theirs. "I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly" (John 10:10).
And so in John 14 Christ said, "Because 1 live, you will live also." The disciples were to receive from Him, not the life He then had, but the resurrection life in the power of its victory over death and of His exaltation to the right hand of God. He would from then on always dwell in them; a new, heavenly, eternal life-the life of Jesus Himself-would fill them. And this promise is to all who will accept it in faith.
Unfortunately, so many people are content with the beginnings of the Christian life but never desire to have it in its fullness-the more abundant life. They do not believe in it; they are not ready for the sacrifice implied in being wholly filled with the life of Jesus. Child of God, the message comes again to you: "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God" (Luke 18:27). Take time and let Christ's wonderful promise possess your heart. Be content with nothing less than a full salvation, Christ living in you, and you living in Christ. Be assured that it is meant for everyone who will take time to listen to Christ's promises and will believe that the almighty power of God will work in him the mighty wonder of His grace -- Christ dwelling in the heart by faith.
Adapted from GOD'S BEST SECRETS by Andrew Murray