Now, let us take a closer look at Luke 22: 24. The would-be Apostles were arguing about which of them would be the greatest in His Kingdom. This type of behavior was not unusual, because they had not received the gift of The Holy Spirit (John 7:32-39); However after Christ resurrection from the dead by the power “dunamis” of The Holy Spirit (Rom. 1:4; Rom. 8:11; 1st Cor. 6:14; 1st Cor. 15:42-43), he appeared to them and said:
John 20: 21 “So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” What I am about to say might not be any denominations take on this so please bear with me. Genesis 2: 7, taken from The Greek Septuagint (LXX) it reads as follows:
Genesis 2: 7 “And God formed the man dust of the earth, and breathed upon his face the breath of life, and the man became a living soul”.
Here is that same verse from another Greek translation called the Apostolic Bible Polyglot w/Strong’s Numbers. When you see a 1, 2, or 3 in front of a word, it means to reverse the order of those words:
Gen 2:7 And G2532 God shaped G4111 G3588 G2316 the G3588 man, G444 [2dust G5522 1taking] G2983 from G575 the G3588 earth. G1093 And G2532 he breathed G1720 into G1519 G3588 his face G4383 G1473 breath G4157 of life, G2222 and G2532 [2became G1096 G3588 1man] G444 aG1519 [2soul G5590 1living]. G2198 ( I want you to see those numbers so that you can grab a Strong’s Concordance and look them up).
In John 20: 22 he breathed on them]
The very same Greek verb (here only in N.T.) is used by the Septuagint (LXX). in Gen. 2:7 of breathing life into Adam. This Gospel of the new Creation looks back at its close, as at its beginning (John 1:1), to the first Creation. (Cambridge Bible)
Also, in Gen. 2:7 the words “of life” is synonymous to same Greek word (Zoe) found throughout the entire NT for “Eternal Life”, “Everlasting Life” and “Life Eternal”. The question “what does it mean” now comes into play.
The first occurrence of “Eternal Life” is in Matthew 19:16, a rich young ruler approached The LORD. It is interesting to note that the knowledge of eternal life was not a foreign concept to the Jews (Deut. 6:1-9). Every newborn baby boy, according to Jewish Law to this day receives the sign of The Abrahamic Blood Covenant when he is eight days old, which is circumcision (Gen. 17:1-12). However, having the knowledge of a thing does not necessarily grant understanding. So he asked Jesus “Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing (Eph. 2:8-9) shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
The Greek word ‘eternal’ is ‘aiōnios’, which means> “1) without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be.” This seems simple enough to understand. Much like a wedding ring, it has no beginning nor an end. However, the next Greek word ‘life’ transcends all human understanding (Prov. 3:5-6). It certainly has nothing to do with any of our man-made ideas concerning religion. Religion is exactly what this young man had in mind, “what good thing shall I do?” My personal favorite is verse 17; Jesus responds with “So He (Jesus) said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Just two more things here and I will stop, for now. Our LORD Jesus Christ was a good man was He not. He was The Son of Man; He was Yeshua Hamashiach, the Anointed One. Still, He said out of His own mouth “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” Now of course in learning How to Study Your Bible, we will sometimes see what writers call sub-text. In John 17 Jesus is making a declaration of His deity. There is a lot of revelation knowledge in those 15 words, but I only want to make this one observation. If Jesus said, in essence, said “don’t call me good”, how dare any of us to think ourselves to be good. No one is good according to the Prophet Isaiah and the Christ (Isa. 64:6-8). So spit those words out of your mouth forever. You are not a good person; please…it sickens me deeply when I hear Christians talk like that. We of all people should know better. However, it is the responsibility of the Teachers to teach these things. On the other hand, we should boldly declare this verse every day, because it has nothing to do with anything you or I have done: 2nd Cor. 2: 21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”.
The second thing is the definition of the word ‘life’, particularly in connection to ‘eternal’ or ‘everlasting’. It is the Greek word ‘Zoe’; it means 2a) “of the absolute fullness of life, both essential and ethical, which belongs to God, and through him both to the hypostatic “logos” and to Christ in whom the “logos” put on human nature.”
Remember in Genesis 2: 7, how God breath (G2222) Zoe, the same Greek work into the face of Adam. That is the self-same breath of life Christ breathed upon His disciples in John 20: 22, which now dwells in you if you believe (Rom. 10:9-10). He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. At that very moment they became the second, third, fourth, fifth, and so on Born Again men on this planet. Christ Jesus was and is still the first: Romans 8:29; Col. 1:15; 1:18; Heb. 12:23; Rev. 1:5.
He is our Big Brother bless His Holy Name, and we praise and magnify Him forever. To be continued…