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Zoe Genuine-Life in other New Testament writings
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Matthew records in his Gospel some verses about zoe from Jesus: But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to zoe, and there are few who find it (a). And whoever has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal zoe (b). And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal zoe (c). Luke adds in his gospel: Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s zoe does not consist in the abundance of his possessions (d). <Notes> a) Matthew 7:14, b) 19:29; Mk 10:30, c) 25:46, d) Luke 12:15.
Peter was commanded to preach this: Go and stand in the temple courts and proclaim to the people all the prophetic-rhema words of this zoe (a). Peter also said of this: His divine power has bestowed on us everything necessary for zoe and godliness through the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of the One who called us by His own glory and excellence (b). <Notes> a) Acts 5:20, b) 2 Peter 1:3.
In Romans, Paul adds concerning this: For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, since we have been reconciled, will we be saved/delivered/made whole by his zoe? (a). For if, by the transgression of the one man, death reigned through the one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in zoe through the One, Jesus Christ! Consequently, just as condemnation for all people came through one transgression [of Adam], so too through the one righteous act [of Jesus] came righteousness leading to zoe for all people (b). So that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace will reign through righteousness to eternal zoe through Jesus Christ our Lord (c). Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new zoe (d). But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification/holiness, and the end is eternal zoe. For the wages/payoff of sin is death, but the grace-gift of God is eternal zoe in Christ Jesus our Lord (e). For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is zoe and peace (f). But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is your zoe because of righteousness (g). For the law/principle of the zoe-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the Law of sin and death (h). <Notes> a) Romans 5:10, b) 5:17-18, c) 5:21, d) 6:4, e) 6:22-23, f) 8:6, g) 8:10, h) 8:22.
Paul adds elsewhere concerning this: For you have died and your zoe is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ appears, who is the zoe of you, then you too will be revealed in glory with him (a). Hope of eternal zoe, which God, who does not lie, promised before the ages began (b). And so, since we have been justified by His grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal zoe (c). Because the person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal zoe from the Spirit (d). By holding on to the logos message of zoe so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain (e). He (Jesus) has broken the power of death and brought zoe and immortality to light through the gospel (f). To Timothy, he said: Compete well for the faith and lay hold of that eternal zoe you were called for and made your good confession for in the presence of many witnesses (g). For we groan while we are in this tent, since we are weighed down, because we do not want to be unclothed, but clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by zoe (h). <Notes> a) Colossians 3:3-4, b) Titus 1:2, c) Titus 3:7, d) Galatians 6:8, e) Philippians 2:16, f) 2 Timothy 1:10, g) 1 Timothy 6:12, h) 2 Corinthians 5:4.
Jude says: Maintain yourselves in the love of God, while anticipating the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that brings eternal zoe (a). James adds: Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of zoe that God has promised to those who love Him (b). <Notes> a) Jude 1:21, b) James 1:12.