Several meanings are clearly indicated: (1) Very frequently it refers to the vital principle itself, apart from its manifestations (Genesis 2:7). It is a transformation from death to life, becoming a present reality. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Hoare, Life in John's Gospels; E. White, Life and Christ; Salmond, The Christian Doctrine of Immortality; R.J. Knowling, Witness of the Epistles and The Testimony of Paul to Christ; commentaries on the various passages; McPherson, "The New Testament View of Life," The Expositor, I, set. v, 72; Massie, "Two New Testament Words Denoting Life," The Expositor, II, series iv, 380; Schrenk, Die Johannistische Anschauung yom Leben. The word hhai is usually translated as “life” in the English Translations. A choice, not a difficult one, must be made ( Deut 30:11 ), for God had set before them "life and prosperity, death and destruction blessings and curses. The life was represented as abiding in the blood and therefore the blood must not be eaten, or lightly shed upon the ground (Leviticus 17:15; Deuteronomy 12:23). On the other hand, the situation and quality of life may be diminished and even destroyed by chance, circumstances, and the conduct of unrighteous or negligent persons. (a) To those who exercise faith in Jesus it is a present experience and possession (John 4:10; 5:24,40). The way to the tree of life was henceforth guarded by the cherubim and the flame of a sword, so that men could not partake of it in their condition of sin. ; Laidlaw, Bible Doctrine of Man; Delitzsch, A System of Biblical Psychology; cornms. It gives conquering power over sin and death (Romans 5:17,18,21). Welcome to the Hebrew Lexicon. When Eve and Adam listened to the tempter and disobeyed the commandment, eating the fruit of the forbidden tree, they brought a curse upon themselves ( Gen 3:16-19 ), their descendants ( Rom 5:12-14 ; 1 Cor 15:21-22 ), and upon all creation ( Gen 3:17 ; Rom 8:19-22 ). Without a cultural understanding of the words in the Bible, much is missed or overlooked. But why study the Hebrew language? Daniel 12:2 asserts a resurrection of many of the dead, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Without the present bud, there can be no future flower. To overcome or be rid of sin was necessary to life. It is spelled with the Hebrew letters Chet (ח) and Yud (י). It is in Christ (Romans 6:11). Life is contingent upon the continuing, sustaining "breath" of God. Central and vital to life in paradise was access to the tree of life in the midst of the garden of Eden ( Gen 2:9 ). It is virtually fellowship with the Father and with the Son (1John 1:2,4). the period of one's existence, a lifetime; also to the means of sustaining life, such as wealth, etc. The Decalogue forbids murder or the taking of human life wrongfully (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17). It is "to know God and Jesus Christ whom He hath sent.". The fullest and richest teachings regarding life are found here. Thus, Jesus stands alone at the center of history as "the Author of Life" ( John 5:40 ; Acts 3:15 ). In the Other Books of the New Testament: The Epistle to the Hebrews speaks of our lifetime or periods of existence upon earth (2:15; 7:3), likewise of the power of an indissoluble life (7:16); James promises the crown of life to the faithful (1:12). חַי. When God ceases to breathe, life is no more, "How many are your works, O Lord! It is the end or reward of a sanctified life (Romans 6:22). G. R. Beasley-Murray, SJT27 (1974): 76-93; G. Bornkamm, Early Christian Experience; F. F. Bruce, SJT24 (1971): 457-72; R. Bultmann, G. von Rad, and G. Bertram, TDNT, 2:832-75; J. C. Coetzee, Neot 6 (1972): 48-66; C. H. Dodd, The Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel; A. J. Feldman, The Concept of Immortality in Judaism Historically Considered; G. E. Ladd, A Theology of the New Testament; J. Pedersen, Israel: Its Life and Culture; H. H. Rowley, The Faith of Israel; R. Schnackenburg, Christian Existence in the New Testament; V. Taylor, ExpT76 (1964-65): 76-79; H. W. Wolff, Anthropology of the Old Testament. To deprive man of the possibility of making himself immortal while sinful was a blessing to the race; immortality without holiness is a curse rather than a blessing. This relation is ethical, personal, binding the two together with ties which nothing can separate. (4) Generally it means the real life, the vital connection with the world and God, the sum total of man's highest interests. The life is mediated by Jesus Christ. Such a life Jesus says is satisfying to all who hunger and thirst for it (John 4:14; 6:35); it is the source of light to all (John 1:4; 8:12); it is indestructible (John 6:58; 11:26); it is like a well of water in the soul (John 4:14); it is procured by personally partaking of those qualities which belong to Jesus (John 6:53).