“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” John 5.24
The depth of this verse is so easy to miss if we simply gloss over it, just because we have read it before. Jesus is the One speaking. That gives profound significance to that which follows. Salvation in this verse is clearly a two-step process: (1) hear the word that Jesus is speaking, and (2) believe on the One Who sent Him. You can’t help but notice, when reading John’s gospel, there was a lot of “unbelief” among the religious leaders who seemed to encounter Jesus on a regular basis. Jesus’ words were and are simple – “hear” and “believe.” How many of the things that Jesus said are you struggling with from the standpoint of “believing” them? He only needs to say something ONCE for it to be true.
Now notice the result of those two steps of “hearing” and “believing.” The one believing receives everlasting life. Don’t gloss over that term. God takes our spirit and redeems it to give it everlasting life, not everlasting condemnation. The very next statement says, “shall not come into condemnation.” Do you realize the “shift” in position when we are no longer “condemned” but we not have “passed from death unto life”?
The words of Jesus ALWAYS ring with truth. Those of us who have heard and believed need to take the challenge of sharing with those who do not know what we know about “everlasting life.” Let’s find a way to do it today! Just My Thoughts …