What does the New Testament mean when it says “life”?
For instance, when the Lord Jesus said in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life and may have it abundantly,” what did He mean? Did He mean He would help us to have a better human life, that He would enrich our life, or improve our life?
We have all heard someone say, ‘I’ve been blessed by God,’ usually in relation to success, health, family, wealth, or a job. We’ve even heard athletes say this after winning a big game. We all want to be under God’s blessing.
The common understanding of what it means to be blessed by God is that He gives us good things. In this respect, we can say that God’s blessing is on everyone, believers and unbelievers alike. Matthew 5:45 says that the Father who is in the heavens causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and unjust.
But does God’s blessing pertain only to material things? Though these are included, thinking of God’s blessing as mainly material things greatly limits our understanding of what is in God’s heart for us as believers. So what is the fuller meaning of being blessed by God?
In 2 Corinthians 13:5, the apostle Paul asks the Corinthian believers a good question: ‘Or do you not realise about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?’ We might consider this phrase, ‘Jesus Christ is in you’ surprising, or perhaps we just read over it without thinking too much about its significance. But what does this phrase mean? And what is its importance in our Christian lives today?