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"...everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. "
(John:3:16)

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The New Birth

John 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
John 3:14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
John 3:15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
John 3:17 "Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
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[John 3:16] This precious and well-known verse speaks of the divine love which moved God to provide salvation for the world through His Son. There are two words used for "life" in the Greek N.T. Zoe, meaning "life" in its absolute sense, as God has given it, is used in this verse. It signifies spiritual life in John. This word is frequently used for "eternal life" with its special emphasis upon the quality of life and its endless duration through the ages to come. This life is available only through belief in God's Son. The biblical concept of "eternal life" is more than immortality, and it involves not only the soul but also the body. From creation man was made for never-ending life, not for death. The death and resurrection of Jesus provide the basis for and give the picture of the divinely appointed redemption-life (cf. Heb. 9:14, note). "Life" in its purest and noblest sense is inextricably joined to regeneration (cf. Titus 3:5, note). John uses the Greek adjective aionion ("eternal") only in the expression "eternal life" (vv. 15, 16, 36; 4:14, 36; 5:24, 39; 6:27, 40, 47, 54, 68; 10:28; 12:25, 50; 17:2, 3). As in rabbinic tradition, it has the meaning of "the life of the age to come" (cf. Dan. 12:2). To have eternal life means more than to live forever. The stress is more on the quality than on the quantity, though both are affirmed. Furthermore, John reveals it to be not only an eschatological and future possession but also a present reality (cf. 3:36; 5:24; 6:47; 1 John 5:13). This is the life Jesus offers to the world. The other word translated "life" (bios, Gk.) denotes "manner of life" (1 Tim. 2:2), "period or duration of life" (Luke 8:14), or "means of livelihood" (Mark 12:44).

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