Life and Life More Abundantly
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Eternal life is life and life more abundantly—it is being alive in the realm where God lives (John 10:10). Life is walking with God in unending communion, enjoying his unlimited blessing, experiencing his unconditional love, and receiving his undeserved grace. The eternal life that Christ offers is entire salvation of the whole person including conversion, new birth, heart transformation, and emotional healing.
Abundant life is overflowing fullness, the unsurpassed quality of the life of Christ active in us. Paul uses the terms “all” and “every” to describe the abounding grace that provides abundant life (2 Cor. 9:8). As we abide in Christ, his life increases more and more enabling us to overcome sin, live the Christian life, and enter in the conscious, constant presence of Christ. The abundant life is the normal Christian life described in the New Testament.
Abounding life is just the fullness of life in Christ, made possible by His death and resurrection, and made actual by the indwelling and infilling of the Holy Spirit.
For, “The Christ, who dying did a work for us, now lives to do a work in us.” However, many believers never experience the joy and fulfillment that can now be their possession in Christ.
There can be a relationship without fellowship: there can be life without health: there can be privilege without enjoyment. One may war and not win, may serve and yet not succeed, may try and yet not triumph; and the difference throughout is just the difference between possession of eternal life and the experience of abounding life . . . .
All quotes from Graham Scroggie, “Abounding Life,” Daily Thoughts From Keswick: A Year’s Daily Readings, ed., Herbert F. Stevenson (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1980), 135.