zoe

When The Icing Melts...

I have my  Zoe  life to enjoy even in the darkest days that I experience in a fallen world. 

I have my Zoe life to enjoy even in the darkest days that I experience in a fallen world. 

There are two main Greek words used in the Bible for life. One is the word baios from which we get biography. It refers to life as man lives it. The other word is zoe which refers to life as God lives it! The dynamic of what the Bible teaches is that we have the potential to experience both of those at the same time, which is something the unbeliever cannot do. 

An unbeliever has baios life bestowed upon him by God, and he lives his life in this world. When we place our faith in Jesus, and He takes up residence within us, we now have the opportunity to experience and express the "zoe life”.  We experience life as God lives it, at the same time we experience “baios life". Amazing!

I want to illustrate it this way. Zoe life is like having cake. Cake is a wonderful and sweet thing to have. Cake can often come with icing, and cake and icing are really what I want to have most in this life. Icing is when baios life, is going very well. Icing is when the kids are happy and obedient, and my spouse is happy and content, and there is money in the bank, and I am feeling really good. That is cake and icing, and I really love icing with my cake.

The problem is that baios life, life in this fallen world, is all too often not a very good thing. Very often my kids are in trouble, and I am at odds with my spouse, and there are bills piling up, and there is no icing for me. BUT HERE IS THE KEY! I still have my cake, and will always have my cake. No one and no circumstance can ever take away my cake. I may prefer to have icing, and it may hurt to not have the icing, but I HAVE MY CAKE! I have my Zoe life to enjoy even in the darkest days that I experience in a fallen world. 

Let me put it another way. There may be tears of sorrow and grief cascading down my cheeks (no icing, fallen world baios life), but at the very same time because God lives in me, I experience peace, joy, and rest (cake; Zoe life).

Praise God for this wonderful mystery, now revealed, Christ in us, our hope of glory! (Col. 1)

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Triumph Through Tears

...we can be found in tears over a great loss, while at the same time experiencing triumph in those tears because God is meeting us in that moment with all that He is!

...we can be found in tears over a great loss, while at the same time experiencing triumph in those tears because God is meeting us in that moment with all that He is!

David was NOT bipolar, nor was he schizophrenic! I share that because a lot of people sincerely believe he was. He can be found in one Psalm living in awe, wonder, and joy at the love and care of God, and then in the very next Psalm claiming that God had deserted him and heralding that he longs to die! This diametrically opposed behavior continues throughout the Psalms, but I would hesitate greatly to say he was bipolar.

No, I believe he was the “total man” – after all, he was the man after God’s own heart.

Allow me to explain. There are two kinds of life given in the New Testament. There is "biaos", from which we get "biography". It is a word used for "life as man lives it!" I would define it as experiencing and expressing the life of man with the resources of man. Then, there is "zoe", meaning "life as God lives it", Life lived out of the resources of God.

My personal conviction is that David lived genuinely in both those lives and very often did so at the same time, just as we often do! The "biaos" life, though it can be good, can also be very hurtful, and full of loss and suffering because of the existence of sin and the enemy.

On the other hand, there is "Zoe" life made available to us at the moment of faith, where we can experience life as God lives it while at the same time experience life as man lives it in a fallen world.

In other words, we can be found in tears over a great loss, while at the same time experiencing triumph in those tears because God is meeting us in that moment with all that He is!

Oh, and by the way, David is not alone. The charge could also go against Paul, who was in such trouble that he despaired of life in II Cor 1, yet he could also say to the Philippians, "rejoice always, and again I say rejoice!"

And please don’t forget our Jesus, Who was experiencing such trouble he sweated blood in the garden, while at the same time experiencing the Father’s will and approval of Who He was and where He was going.

The world needs such real men, who do not offer plastic façades that everything is ALWAYS going great. The world needs men who will be honest about their pain, and their genuine experience of resurrection power.

I would describe the true Christian Life as the experience and
expression of the agony, and the ecstasy, simultaneously being lived out.

Cake and Icing

There are two main Greek words used in the Bible for life. One is the word “baios” from which we get biography. It refers to life as man lives it. The other word is “zoe” which refers to life as God lives it! The dynamic of what the Bible teaches is that we have the potential to experience both of those at the same time, which is something the unbeliever cannot do.

An unbeliever has “baios” life bestowed upon him by God, and he lives his life in this world. When we place our faith in Jesus, and He takes up residence within us, we now have the opportunity to experience and express the “zoe life” – life as God lives it, at the same time we experience “baios” life, as we ourselves as man live it. Amazing!

I want to illustrate it this way. “Zoe” life is like having cake. Cake is a wonderful thing to have. It is sweet and wonderful. Cake can often come with icing, and cake and icing are really what I want to have most in this life. Icing is when “baios” life, is going very well. Icing is when the kids are happy and obedient, and my spouse is happy and content, and there is money in the bank, and I am feeling really good. That is cake and icing, and I really love icing with my cake.

The problem, is that “baios” life, life in this fallen world, is all too often not a very good thing. Very often my kids are in trouble, and I am at odds with my spouse, and there are bills piling up, and there is no icing for me. BUT HERE IS THE KEY! I still have my cake, and will always have my cake. No one and no circumstance can ever take away my cake. I may prefer to have icing, and it may hurt to not have the icing, but I HAVE MY CAKE! I have my “Zoe” life to enjoy even in the darkest days that I experience in a fallen world.

Let me put it another way. There may be tears of sorrow and grief cascading down my cheeks (no icing, fallen world baios life), but at the very same time because God lives in me, I experience peace, joy, and rest (cake; Zoe life). Praise God for this wonderful mystery, now revealed, Christ in us, our hope of glory! (Col. 1)