"And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." (1 John 5:11 NIV)
There’s a legal union that we have with God that Jesus brought us into, but receiving eternal life brought us into a vital union with God. A simple illustration to explain and help you understand this is a marriage relationship between a man and a woman. Marriage between them is ratified on the basis of mutual consent and a duly signed contract as required by law.
Then, as man and wife, as a result of the marriage, they form a family, and now that they’re a family, they have a vital union. This is different from the “signed paper”; that paper documented the legal union.
The legal union only has authority; for example, if you had a problem and there was a question about inheritance, the courts will need the legality of that marriage to decide something about the inheritance; they’ll ask for the document of your marriage. They’re not going to be looking at something about your home per se; they’ll be more interested in something that can be tendered legally.
So, Jesus brought us into a legal union with Himself and with our heavenly Father. He also gave us something that brought us into a vital union with Himself and with our heavenly Father. So, we have both the legal and the vital. Eternal life brings us into a vital union with our heavenly Father.
One of the great benefits of our vital union with God (the result of eternal life) is that eternal life also gives us divine health, which is better than divine healing. There’s a place for healing, but something far better is divine health. It’s a great thing to be healed, but never being sick is far better. Is it possible never to be sick? Absolutely! But you need to understand and acknowledge this life that you received through the new birth. It’s part of what we read in our opening verse, 1 John 5:11 (NIV). The next verses say:
(1 John 5:12-13 NIV)
"Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of Godso that you may know that you have eternal life."
(2 Peter 1:3)
"...His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue"
You’ve got to know Him, for only then will you understand and enjoy all that belongs to you in Christ Jesus.
Precious Father, I thank You for giving me eternal life and bringing me into a vital union with You! I rejoice that I'm one spirit with You, and thus an associate of the God-kind. I walk in divine health, prosperity, success, and victory, in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Further Study: Philemon 1:6; 1 John 5:11-13; 1 Corinthians 6:17