The word “life” in the Bible

This word generally refers to physical life.

Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. —Genesis 2:7 NASB

…Child, remember that during your life you received your good things… —Luke 16:25 NASB excerpt

However, it is also used figuratively.

  1. conduct or manner of life

    Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. —Romans 6:4 LSB

  2. immortality, eternal life, spiritual life, salvation

    …the power of an indestructible life. —Hebrews 7:16 LSB excerpt

    so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged… —John 3:15-18 LSB excerpt

  3. God and Christ are the absolute source and cause of all life (John 5:26; 5:39; 12:50)

    Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, —John 11:25 LSB

    In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. —John 1:4 LSB

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Article Version: October 24, 2021