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"For as the Father hath life [zoe] in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life [zoe] in himself" (John 5:26).

The Greek word translated "life" in our text today is zoe. It is pronounced zo-aye.

Reading through the King James Version, or any English translation, when you see the word "life," you might think it's always talking about the same thing, but it isn't. Three other Greek words in the New Testament are translated as "life."

Briefly, these words and their meanings are: "psuche," natural life, or human life; "bios," manner of life; and "anastrophe," behavior.

Zoe means eternal life or God's life. It is God's nature. It is life as God has it - that which the Father has in Himself - and that which the Incarnate Son has in Himself. It is called eternal life, everlasting life, and sometimes just life in the Word of God.

No matter what "manner of life" or "behavior" you have, it won't do you any good unless you have zoe! And that's what Jesus came to bring you!

Confession: For as the Father hath zoe in Himself, so hath He given to the Son to have zoe in Himself. Jesus said, "I am come that you might have zoe, and that you might have it more abundantly." I have zoe in myself. And I have it more abundantly!

Source: Faith Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin.
Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications

Author Biography

Kenneth E. Hagin
Web site: RHEMA
Rev. Hagin served in Christian ministry for nearly 70 years and was known as the "father of the modern faith movement." His teachings and books are filled with vivid stories that show God's power and truth working in his life and the lives of others.

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