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I’ve been thinking of one day planning and preaching an entire series of sermons just on John , and the other day as I was studying this verse, I recalled that it has been called the Gospel in a Nutshell; and as I worked through it I saw why. It’s a pair of adjectives that John uses over and over—eternal and everlasting.

He was transported by divine vision into the third heaven where he saw the angels worshipping and the Holy City being prepared.

He saw the events of the Tribulation unfold, and he toured the streets of gold.

I don’t think there is one; and that presents a real problem because it is the key word in our text today—LIFE. The dictionary I typically use is Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the Ninth Edition, and so as I prepared this message I turned to the word “life” to check out the definition.

As you would expect, there was a long string of definitions, but the first one set the tone for the others. It said: The quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body.

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God in His omniscient creative genius designed this universe with two types of matter—animate and inanimate, living and non-living; and He achieved perfect balance between the two. We can’t look up all fifty occurrences, of course, but we can look at some keys, starting with the first time this word occurs in the actual body of the book of John—John ff.

I can’t provide a good definition of this word, but we can study out its description and usage in the Gospel of John, because he uses this word life again and again and again. You say, “Well, how many themes does John have in His Gospel.” As we’ve looked at every verse up to this point in the prologue of John, I’ve used that same phrase, “This is one of the themes of the Gospel.” So you may be wondering how many themes John has? We find LIFE in John -16, 36 Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal LIFE.

I think one of the reasons John loved this phrase is because he knew more about it than most of us.

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