The present work is a companion volume to Marginalia,a concise guide to the Bible. Having set down in the first the divine Intent and its fulfilment in general terms I propose to show what it would mean to a believer. His realities as treated herein hold a range much more than his earthly circumstances would indicate. For a carnal mind what life holds is common to all more or less, being assured of his creature comforts and having enough towards his life annuities. All his glory at the end of it biting the dust is his lot. For a Christian worth his salt his abundant life goes beyond human condition. Life for a Christian is life hid in Christ. His reality takes in realities of heaven as well. Ep.2: 4-7 It is the Will of God which St Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians writes as ordained that we should walk.. (vs.10,8-9)” Realities of the earth for a Christian consequently hold different meaning in his daily walks as well as concerning his good works. Riches of his grace are consistent with divine Will in that he sent his ‘only begotten Son to the world’ so whosoever beleiveth in him should have everlasting life. This is what implied in the verse “…But grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (Jn.1:17).” The Immanuel Factor explains what Jesus Christ represents in the Will of God.
The Holy Spirit writes of the advent of the Son thus, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law (Gal.4:4)” How do we reckon time? Time and space make no sense to God. His omnipresence and eternal power would have time as conceived in his mind. The Immauel Factor consequently makes our time reconcile with Time in God’s calendar. Thus we are not carnal as others looking fearfully to that point death shall overtake us. Those who without Christ as their personal Saviour are already dead only that they are yet to know. We were also like them once but God for his great love towards us made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. How can we not witness abundant life if we have been adopted into the family of God?
Abundant life signifies a life testifying love of Christ. In our daily life walk with him in interaction with all we radiate the light of knowledge in word and in our actions. What light we have is the light drawn from the Father of lights. Jesus Christ testified his purpose for coming to the world as light that ‘lighteth every man that cometh to the world (Jn.1:8).’ So anyone who dare not walk as though he is in heavenly places need ask whether his light is kept under a bushel or on a candle stand?
The present work is divided in two books. In Heavenly realities we have the Word providing for our life and godliness while in the earthly realities grace and faith also free gift from above are to ensure we did not run in vain. Any one in Christ therefore walks in newness of life which shall have its practical application in every one of us. Our conversation is in heaven (Phili.3:20)and secondly “While we are at home in this body, we are absent from the Lord (2 Co.5:6)” ought to be set ‘before our frontlets between our eyes.’ We are yoked together with Christ in service; Evenas the Son of man did not abuse his position we shall serve in whatever state we are found so our abundant life flows out. Let us conduct our lives so our industry and daily walk with our Saviour Lord are a blessing to our families and the communities which may profit from our service. “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour” who is the Immanuel Factor, Alpha and Omega and our Redeemer Lord.