“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4).
The New Testament tells us we have eternal life (John 3:16; 1 John 5:11-12, 20). Christ is this life. Eternal life is not an unending thing we possess ourselves. Life is a Person who gave Himself for us and to us.
The opening verses of John give us a precious perspective of who Jesus is as Life. This Life was in the beginning with God; He was, is, and always will be, God. Our Life is uncreated and is the source of all other creation. The Life we have in Him existed before sin, before the fall, before the slightest taint of any kind. It is pristine, virgin, pure.
Redemption happened. Man needed it. God’s love demanded it. Christ, the Life, accomplished it. Redemption is certainly part of being in Him. But the aspect John presents is without respect to redemption. In Christ we have a Life without a past, without baggage, without any trace of the fall or failures. We are new creations, created in Christ as if we never existed outside of Him (Eph. 2:10; 2 Cor. 5:17). In Him we share a Life that was with God in the beginning. This Life was, is, and always will be, God. Not less than Him, not separate from Him but God Himself having made His dwelling in humanity (Rev. 21:3). Everything has been made new (Rev. 21:5).