Originally posted by twhitehead
Just as a matter of interest. What do you mean when you use the word "life"? I realize that you are not talking about the biological concept.
I am not criticizing, just trying to understand the meaning of your post.
In the Greek New Testament there are three words which are translated our English life
Bios - which means the physical life.
Psuche - which means the soul or soul-life.
Zoe - which means the eternal and divine life. This is God Himself as the uncreated Person.
Here are some passages that illustrates the difference between psuche and zoe:
"I have come that they may have life [zoe] and have it abundantly" (John 10:10).
Jesus comes that we may have abundantly God Himself as our life.
" ... and I lay down My life [psuche] for the sheep." (John 10:14)
Jesus lays down His soul life, the life of His soul for His sheep.
"For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life [psuche] that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself ..." (John 10:17,18)
Again Jesus came to lay down His soul-life, His life as a human soul and to take it again in resurrection.
"In Him was life [zoe] and the life was the light of men" (John 1:4)
In Christ is the divine life of God. This life is the light of men.
"I am the resurrection and the life ..." (John 11:25)
Christ is the resurrection and the eternal divine life of God.
"Jesus said to him, I am the way and the reality and the life [zoe]; no one comes to teh Father except through me. (John 14:6)
Again Jesus says that He is the divine life.
"For whoever wants to save his life [soul-life - psuche] shall lose it: but whoever loses his soul-life [psuche for My sake shall find it.
For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul-life [psuche]?" Matt. 16:25,26)
If we seek to save our own soul we will lose it. If for the sake of Christ we lose our soul, we will find it.
The Recovery Version of the Bible www.recoveryversion.org is helpful in that it usually translated psuche as "soul-life"
so that we can appreciate the difference in Greek word usage.
There are many many more passages to illustrate this. This is the important point:
Behind all life and lives that are created there is a Uncreated Life of a Person Who always was. He is the Divine uncreated One Whom the Bible calls the Father
. Christ the Son is the human bios and soul within Whom dwelt this uncreated and Divine Being in a perfectly united, mingled, and blended way.
He laid down that human soul life which can be put to death. In His divine life He resurrected again the bios and soul to be the Author and Originator of salvation imparting this life into His believers:
"the last Adam became a life [zoe] giving Spirit" (1 Cor. 15:45)
In His resurrection Christ became the new head of a new race of people. Unlike the first Adam the last Adam, "the second Man", became a God imparting Spirit. The life giving Spirit is the Holy Spirit which dispenses God Himself into people.
Christ became a God imparting, God giving, God conveying, and divine life imparting Spirit.