Monday, 26th April, 2021
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses" (1 Timothy 6:12)
The Bible says God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that anyone who believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). That’s why Jesus came; to give eternal life to men so they could be in fellowship with God. The question to ask is, did He achieve His purpose? Emphatically, yes!
The Bible says, “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son” (1 John 5:11 NIV). He’s not about to give us eternal life; He’s done it! The next verse says, “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12 NIV). He’s referring to the life and nature of God; the divine essence.
That life is incorruptible; it’s neither subject to failure nor death! This is the life you have in Christ. Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you hath he quickened (made alive), who were dead in trespasses and sins.” You’re not dead in sins anymore. Why? You have eternal life now! Not many Christians know they have eternal life. So, John says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13 NIV). John wrote this to them because they lived as though they didn’t have the divine life.
Now, you can better understand why Paul, writing to Timothy, said, “…lay hold on eternal life….” The underlined portion is “epilambanomai” (Greek), and it means to take a hold of something without letting go. That’s how you should relate with eternal life. Don’t let it be a mere theoretical knowledge to you. Seize it; make it work for you.
Every so often, declare, “I have eternal life, in the Name of Jesus; therefore, I live above the elements of this world; I’m in dominion. Blessed be God!” If there’s been an issue with your health, don’t cry; rather, declare, and keep declaring, “I’m perfected in Christ Jesus; I refuse to accommodate any sickness, disease or pain in my body, because I have the life of God in me! I’ve taken hold of eternal life!” Soon enough, your physical body will comply, because it’s been impacted by the divine life in you.
"I’m perfected in Christ Jesus; I refuse to accommodate any sickness, disease or pain in my body, because I’ve taken hold of eternal life. I’m reigning through Christ over the elements of this world. Hallelujah!"
Ephesians 2:1-6; John 3:16
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Luke 22:1-38 & 1 Samuel 26-28
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN: Mark 5:21-34 & Leviticus 26