The gospel of St John seems to have a recurrent theme in raising awareness to the ‘Spirit life’ that Christians ought to live. The purpose of this gospel, as stated by John himself, is to show that Jesus of Nazareth was Christ, the Son of God, and that believers in him might have eternal life. It’s a higher life, a fuller life, a more fulfilling life. Jesus in John 10:10 puts it this way ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’.
It’s amazing that God has counted us worthy to live not as mere mortals but as one called in the likeness of God Himself. John 5:20-26 ‘For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life,even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself’.
The higher life is creative, timeless and dominated by peace from Jesus the prince of peace. The higher life is a life that gives life and liberty. The higher life is limitless and unstoppable by the forces of this world. The higher life sees as God sees and loves as God loves with a passion. The higher life is a life of greater works. The higher life is life eternal, and therefore the higher life is the life of God!