A Bible verse 'popped' into my mind this morning. I was surprised to discover it was John 3: 14. "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the son of man be lifted up." I looked up in my concordance where reference to this remark originated (Numbers 21:8 & 9) Because of disobedience to God, fiery serpents infested those who had been freed from bondage, and many were bitten and died. So in answer to Moses prayer God had instructed Moses to make a serpent of brass and raise it on a pole and whoever might be bitten by a serpent had but to look upon the brass serpent and that person would live. I have mentioned this before, but I had failed to connect this verse to John 3: 16.
Should we see that God is the "I" within us, and should we choose to walk in that consciousness, (as the Father) we are told in John 3:16 that we too need never die! The 'serpent' being this 'person' our parents created when they named us at our birth! So long as we function as this 'serpent', as the person we believe ourselves to be, we will die! Should we choose to function AS the Father, we have the assurance of Life eternal.