Eternal life (Jn 12:50-12:50)

“I know

That his commandment

Is eternal life.


What I speak,

I say

As the Father

Has told me.”

καὶ οἶδα ὅτι ἡ ἐντολὴ αὐτοῦ ζωὴ αἰώνιός ἐστιν. ἃ οὖν ἐγὼ λαλῶ, καθὼς εἴρηκέν μοι ὁ Πατήρ, οὕτως λαλῶ.

Then John uniquely indicated that Jesus said that he knew (καὶ οἶδα) that his commandment (ὅτι ἡ ἐντολὴ αὐτοῦ) was eternal life (ζωὴ αἰώνιός ἐστιν), using the first person singular again.  Therefore, when he spoke (ἃ οὖν ἐγὼ λαλῶ), he said as the Father (ὁ Πατήρ) had told him (καθὼς εἴρηκέν μοι).  That is the way he spoke (οὕτως λαλῶ).  This great commandment was about eternal life.  Thus, when Jesus spoke, he said what the Father wanted him to say.  He was not making up anything on his own.  He was relaying on the thoughts and words of his heavenly Father.  Do you let God inspire you?

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