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The Word of Life
by Wayne Blank
"The Word of life; for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness"
John's Gospel account refers to the Logos (the actual Greek word that was written) of God, which is translated into English as the Word of God, as being the power of God that created life i.e. "all things were made by Him" and that Word of God was born as Jesus Christ i.e. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
John again refers to Christ, "the Word of life," in that way in his first epistle:
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full." (1 John 1:1-4 KJV)
Were such references to Jesus Christ merely the philosophy of the apostle John? No. Like all true servants of God, who teach the truth of God, John was teaching what he had been taught, not by man, but by the very Word of Life Himself, Jesus Christ, as recorded here in Christ's own words - the Word of God as spoken by the Word of God ("Word of God" is dual in meaning).
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself; And hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of man."
Fact Finder: Jesus Christ said that "for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." When will that happen?