Zoe: Life as God has it
Bios: physical life
Psuche: soul life
Anastrophe: behavior of life
The first definition in Vine’s Expository Dictionary given for Zoe is: “life as a principle, life in the absolute sense, life as God has it, that which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself, and which the Son manifested in the world.” Let’s look at this definition, word by word, and ‘suck the honey out of the rock’!
- “of life as a principle,
Principle: code, rule, standard, belief, attitude, opinion
Now let’s take the first word: ‘code’.
Code: system, cipher, program, policy, set of laws.
DNA predetermines our human bodies and thereby many times our human lives especially if there happen to be any genetic deficiencies. Those genes are a set of laws that set up human government over our lives……Adam is still the human who made the decision that resulted in the world being influence by the Wicked One (Rom. 5:12).
In Christ, we receive a new DNA, set of laws, cipher! It is divine DNA (1 Peter 1:23):
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
…you have been regenerated—born again—not from a mortal origin (seed, sperm), but from one that is immortal by the ever living and lasting Word of God. AMP
Standard: normal, typical, ordinary, stock, criteria, flag.
Zoe is the flag on our flagship; it is the banner under which we march thru life; it is the stock item that is given to every person who is born again regardless of race, color, age, nationality; it is the everyday norm of the believer’s existence. Another interesting application of the word ‘stock’, is ‘the stock from which you come’, i.e. family lineage. With this application, God’s life is the life that we have received, so He is the ‘stock’ from which we have come……our new family lineage. It is the normal, typical ordinary kind of life that God and HIS FAMILY share. Just as we share ‘bios’ or biological life with the fleshly race, we all share zoe who are the heavenly race.
Affirmation of Faith: When I was born again, I was born of New Stock…..heavenly stock……I have a new family lineage now. My new family is a Royal Family, my Father God is King. I have the life that flows in my new family……zoe, eternal life……as I said the seas of this life, I will let THAT LIFE be the flag of my ship of life, I will let THAT LIFE be the standard under which I march into battle against the gates of hell. Not only have I been born of Heavenly Stock, but I have received zoe as the standard-issue life which is given to everyone born into THAT FAMILY. The “ordinary” kind of Life!