In the OT a term generally meaning life on this earth. It frequently refers to one’s life span (Deut 4:9
; Jer 52:33
) and is often contrasted with death (Gen 47:19
). Life is God’s basic blessing (Deut 30:19
). Sometimes life means not only survival, but health and well-being (Prov 3:13-18
). In Deuteronomy and wisdom literature, life is associated with keeping the commandments of God (Deut 30:15-20
; Prov 4:4
). In the NT, “life” is often shorthand for “eternal life” (John 6:33
; John 6:51
; John 10:10
), which includes life after death. Receiving such life is costly (Matt 7:14
; Mark 9:42-48
) and closely associated with following Jesus (Mark 10:28-31
). In John’s Gospel, Jesus is the “bread of life,” the “light of life,” the “resurrection and the life,” and the “way, and the truth, and the life” (John 6:48
; John 8:12
; John 11:25
; John 14:6
). For Paul, baptism into Christ enables Christians to walk in newness of life (Rom 6:4
). “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” (Gal 2:20
). Eternal life begins in the present—Christians live in God by the Spirit—and will continue after death (Rom 6:13
; Gal 5:25
9But take care and watch yourselves closely, so as neither to forget the things that your eyes have seen nor to let them slip from your mind all the days of you ... View more
33So Jehoiachin put aside his prison clothes, and every day of his life he dined regularly at the king's table.
19Shall we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land in exchange for food. We with our land will become slaves to Pharaoh; just give us se ... View more
19I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descend ... View more
The True Wealth
13Happy are those who find wisdom,
and those who get understanding,14for her income is better than silver,
and her revenue better than gold.15Sh ... View more
15See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity.16If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, ... View more
4he taught me, and said to me,
“Let your heart hold fast my words;
keep my commandments, and live.
33For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my ... View more
10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
14For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Temptations to Sin
42“If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone wer ... View more
28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.”29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or ... View more
48I am the bread of life.
Jesus the Light of the World
12Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the ... View more
25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live,
6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk ... View more
20and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gav ... View more
13No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and prese ... View more
25If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.