Eternal Life In Christ
God, this glorious head of all principalities and powers, has life eternal dwelling essentially in Himself; as God-Man, and the head of the church, He has everlasting life given Him by the Father for all His people. This we learned from His Own; gracious mouth. The words are these:
“As the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.”
“As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.”
Indissoluble union to Jesus is the ground on which we partake of eternal life. Being chosen in Him, made one with Him, and immutably fixed in Him, by an eternal act of the divine mind, we are made partakers of His life and of all His fulness. Our title to life, spiritual and eternal, is indisputable. It was freely granted, and made absolutely certain in that covenant which is ordered in all things and sure. These ancient counsels, and these acts of grace; Oh! how glorious! how precious! The eternal God freely gives eternal life, by an eternal act of His own will, in an eternal testament, to be enjoyed by all the objects of His eternal love, through an eternal union with Jehovah Jesus, and all this is confirmed by His oath: “Wherein God willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath.” (Hebrews 6:17)
This has, at once, raised our title to everlasting life, far above every idea of human merit, and placed it infinitely beyond the influence of the caprice of mortals, and the fictitious power of chance.