Eternal Life in Christ Jesus – Priceless


The investor’s manual would tell you that the Return on Investment (ROI) for any investment is computed by determining the difference between what was gained and the cost of the investment, over the investment itself. Mathematically, it can be represented as ROI = (Gain – Investment)/Investment. In layman’s terms, this means that the value of an investment is the profit over price, i.e., what you gained over what you paid. We often make this determination when it comes to getting the best value for the price we pay for the things we buy for ourselves. Not only do we give it considerable thought before purchasing an item of value, but we also take ardent care of the item, carefully protecting it and cherishing it once we have bought it, if it is something that we determine as valuable.

On the spiritual front, when it comes to eternal life that is given to all who believe in the Son of God, in Jesus Christ, is it possible for us to put a value on it? Things we don’t value, we often don’t give it much thought and if we don’t value eternal life, then we wont cherish it. So what is the value of eternal life?

If Value = Profit/Price; then the value of Eternal life which is profit to all who believe in Jesus Christ will be equal to Eternal Life divided by what we paid for it. Since Jesus paid it all for us, we pay nothing for eternal life. Mathematically, this would mean that Value = Eternal life/Nothing or Zero which amounts to a value that cannot be defined, for anything divided by zero is undefined. In other words, the value of eternal life cannot be defined, but even the whole world is lesser in value than what one gains when they accept and believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (Mark 8:36).

The songwriter aptly put it in the song, “Here I am to worship”, “I will never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that Cross“. If MasterCard was to make a commercial about Eternal Life, they would probably resort to something like “Eternal Life in Christ Jesus – Priceless” and they would not be incorrect.

Mark 8:34-37 (KJV)
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And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
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For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
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For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul
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Transitive Relationship


In Mathematics, there is this principle called transitive relations, which notes that when one element is in relation to a second element and the second is in relation to a third element, then it is implied that the first element is in relation to the third element, as the relation “less than or equal to.” In layman’s terms, this principle simply states that if A<=B and B<=C, then A<=C. Of course, during my college days, jokes such as the following used to abound in the campus when learning this principle. If the Mathematics Professor loves his daughter and His student loves the Professor, then does it not mean that the student loves the Professor’s daughter, by virtue of transitive relations. Levity aside, I was reminded of this principle when reading the Bible.

It is believed that the etymology of the word ‘transitive’ is from Late Latin transitivus; from Latin transitus, which literally means “that may pass over (to another person)“. The scripture avers that “And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s” (1 Corinthians 3:23). Transitively, God has passed over to us, because of Jesus Christ, the passover Agnus Dei, the Lamb of God. Jesus Christ has made a transitive relationship with God possibly and no wonder He affirmed, no man comes to God, the Father, but by Him (and Him alone). There is no other way, for Jesus is the ONLY way. What a wonder it is to realize that we are in a relationship with God the Father when we believe in the name of Jesus. And you and I are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.

John 14:5-7 (KJV)
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Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
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Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
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If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.