“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3.36
So often we read a verse and keep on going, thinking we know what it said. This verse has three (3) very clear, distinct statements. This verse does NOT say, “He who knows the historical Jesus might have some kind of life with God.” God is not stuttering here. Historical knowledge of a person or event is not the same as experiential knowledge.
I heard someone say once, “Kissing your wife on the phone is not a real kiss. There ain’t no smack in it.” Nothing beats experiencing the real thing. So many people around the world know something about the HISTORICAL Jesus, but they have never had a PERSONAL experience with Him.
Let’s examine these phrases one at a time: (1) He that believes on the Son has everlasting life. To believe on something or someone is to commit yourself so completely to it/them, knowing that if it is a wrong decision, you will suffer the consequences. This decision to believe on the Son for eternal life simply requires enough faith in God to know that He is stating truth.
(2) He that does not believe the Son shall not see life. The life of which John speaks here is ETERNAL LIFE. All of us have been created to live forever somewhere. That SOMEWHERE is based on what we have done with the person of Jesus Christ. Again, notice how emphatic this statement is: “shall not see life … ” That statement is an imperative statement. There is no room here for interpretation. It is either we accept the first statement and have eternal life or we reject the first statement and we suffer eternal damnation.
(3) The wrath of God abides on him. Any time I hear God’s wrath mentioned, I want to be as far away from that as I can. Jesus suffered the wrath of God against sin when He was on the cross. He took MY place so that I could spend eternity with Him. Anyone who rejects the cross and the One who died there WILL experience the wrath of God. That is not up for debate; it is simply a statement of truth. Where are you when it comes to accepting or rejecting Christ? I pray you have everlasting life because you have Jesus. Just my thoughts …