Our popular Christianity is the product in part of the Dark Ages. It is not the Christianity of the Pauline Epistles. Consequently there is much said about sin, and Repentance for sin, but there is little said about Eternal Life. If it were possible for God to forgive a sinner his sins, it would do him no good, because he would go on sinning. The thing that the sinner must have is a New Nature. He must be recreated. This Recreation can only be accomplished by imparting to him a New Nature. 2 Peter 1:4: “We become partakers of the Divine Nature and escape the corruption that is in the world by lust.” That corruption is Spiritual Death. We only escape it by the New Birth, receiving this New Nature. John 3:16: “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have Eternal Life.” John 20:30-3 ; “Many other signs did Jesus in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written, that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God ; and that believing ye may have Life in His Name. ” John 1 :4 : “In Him was Life ; and that Life was the Light of men.” Jesus came to bring to man a New Nature, Eternal Life. Until man has this New Nature, he is living in the realm of Spiritual Death, and he is a subject of Satan. Eph 2:12 : “That ye were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the World.” He is alienated from the Life of God. He cannot come into God’s Presence. He cannot fellowship with God. His nature is enmity against God. His only hope lies in a New Creation. In John 5:24 Jesus said : “He that heareth my Word, and believeth Him that sent Me, hath Eternal Life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life .” The one who receives Eternal Life passes out of the realm of Death, Satan’s dominion and realm, into the realm of life.There is no judgment for the man who has passed out of Satan’s realm into God’s realm. He passes out of Death into Life. It is an actual Birth out of Satan’s Family into God’s Family.
It is mentioned in Col. 1 :13 : “Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His Love .” That is the New Birth. 2 Cor. 5:17, 18: “Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a New Creation: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new, but all these things are of God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ .” This is an actual transition of man from Satan’s Family into God’s Family. When he accepts Christ as Savior and confesses Him as Lord, God breathes into him Eternal Life. That drives out the Satanic Nature and makes him a New Creation.
With the New Creation there comes a New Mode of Life. 1 John 3 :14-15 : “We know that we have passed out of Death into Life, because we love the brethren .
The Two Kinds of Life