Friday, March 5, 2021

God And Eternal Life

John 4:36 says, “Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvest the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper may be glad together.”

Theological Reflection

The author of the Gospel of John is said to be the disciple whom Jesus loved (John 13:23). Present in this wonderful Gospel is the witness/testimony of John, a man who lived and walked side by side with Jesus during his time on earth.

The reaper is getting paid, receiving wages.  The idea of getting paid represents gathering fruit for eternal life.  Its as though the one working (sower), and the one benefiting from the work are able to enjoy and rejoice together.

One sows and another reaps.  We reap what we did not labor for; others have labored and we have entered into their labor.  Psalms 126:5 says, “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.”

Jesus wanted his disciples to know that the harvest was present, and that they did not have to compete for their share of the harvest.  The harvest, or the wages were not material (grain, or money), but a harvest of eternal life.

We translate eternal life from the Hebrew “zoe agonies,” which literally means “life of the age”, but when used here in our text; it means, “life in the age to come.” (Daniel 12:2)

As we reap eternal life, through faith we enter the body of Christ, wherein we exist in a state of blessedness.  Eternal life, or life in the age to come is the very life that God has, God’s own kind of life, divine life.

“This is eternal life, that they know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent” (17:3). John does not state that knowing God precedes or is necessary for eternal life, but that knowing God is eternal life.

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus we are thankful, we are grateful, and we are humbled by the fellowship we have with you. Lord, it is food for our hearts and minds to know that our fellowship with you is incorruptible, and cannot be broken; not even by death.

Lord, we praise you! Lord we praise! Lord, we glorify, we magnify, and worship your holy name.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  You have been good to us, you have been good to us; we worship and praise your holy name.

Stephen Small

Stephen Small

Rev. Small realized God was present in his life as a child, and grew into an adult with a passion for knowing and understanding God, people and the difficulties of life. Rev. Small soon can to know Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit has he experienced the storms, trails, and tribulations of life as a Black man in America. Rev. Stephen C. Small survived numerous demonic assaults on his life, which gave meaning to God’s grace and mercy. Rev. Small reasoned that God’s presence in the world gives hope, meaning and purpose; it is the essence of learning, love and relationships. Rev. Small humbled himself and opened his heart and mind to listening, learning and obeying God. On sabbatical from a business career, Rev. Small earned a Biblical Studies degree, and Master of Divinity. Rev. Small’s faith and dedication to serving God is the reason he created Trueword Ministry; TWM’s website as an evangelism tool, designed to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to Africans, African Descendants and the entire human race.

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