Tag Archives: Obedience

Whoever Hears My Word And Believes Him Who Sent Me Has Eternal Life…

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.

John 5:24 – Scripture of the Day (January 21, 2014)

To pass “from death to life.”  To not “come into judgment,” which means to not come into what the Greek calls krisis, condemnation.  To have the “eternal life” that is God’s free gift rather than the second death of hell which we deserve because of our sin (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 21:8)!  What a high, undeserved honor!  What a wonderful thing it will be to hear those sweet words from the King of kings:  “Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master” (Matt. 25:21).  Do you want those wonderful words to be said to you?  I know I do…

Look very carefully at what the Master says in today’s Scripture of the Day.  These blessings of eternal life and the passing over of judgment from death to life come to “whoever” does two things:  the one who “hears my word and believes him who sent me.”

The Psalmist wrote that the “blessed” man “who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers” is one whose “delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Ps. 1:1-2).  The apostle wrote that Christians are to long for “the pure milk of the Word” like a newborn longs for milk (1 Pet. 2:2), and that we are to diligently grow in “knowledge” if we are to have that “entrance into the eternal kingdom” provided for us (2 Pet. 1:5-11; 3:18).  The faith which pleases God (Heb. 11:6) and saves us (John 5:24; 3:16) comes from hearing “the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17).  Friend, how well do you hear God’s Word?  How often do you meditate upon it?  Day and night…or once a week for a couple of minutes?  Have you ever read the entire Bible?  If not, why?  If you want to escape the judgment of God and walk into an eternal life of bliss, take Jesus’ promise to heart.  Hear his Word.

Not only that, but believe in the God who sent Jesus.  This faith consists more of a belief in the existence of God, but also that he “rewards those who seek him” (Heb. 11:6).  It must be stronger than the faith of demons, for they too believe in God (James 2:19).  No, this belief in God consists of such a strong spiritual, mental, and intellectual conviction and trust that it prompts unhesitating obedience (James 2:14-26).  It was this kind of faith that prompted Noah to obey God in building an ark (Heb. 11:7), Abraham to obey God by moving his family to places unknown and being willing to sacrifice his son (Heb. 11:8-10, 17-19), and Moses to give up “the fleeting pleasures of sin” in Egypt in order to serve God by leading Israel out of slavery through the Red Sea (Heb. 11:24-29).  It is this faith that will prompt you and me to obey the will of our God as revealed in his Word, no matter what the cost.

Do you want eternal life?  Hear, believe, and obey…

For God Did Not Send His Son Into The World To Condemn The World…

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

John 3:17 – Scripture Of The Day (January 8, 2014)

Praise God that this is true!  Two thousand years ago, God out of his great love for us all gave his only begotten Son, as the famous verse preceding this one states.  He gave Jesus to be lifted up on that cross just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so that whoever believes in Jesus will be saved and have eternal life just as the Israelites who looked upon that serpent were saved from death by snake bite (John 3:14-16; cf. Num. 21:1-9).  Believing in Jesus means to actively obey him (James 2:14-26), for the ones who obey him are the ones whom he will save (Heb. 5:9).

Yes, God sent Christ to the world to save the world rather than condemning it as it deserved…but sadly, the majority of the world will reject that gift (Matt. 7:13-14).  As Jesus went on to say, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (John 3:18-21).  Most people will not believe in Jesus…and what is very sad is that many of them will be those who thought they did believe in Jesus but who truly didn’t because they didn’t truly obey him (Matt. 7:21-27; cf. 2 Tim. 4:3-4).  Therefore, they won’t be ready when Jesus comes again…and this time he won’t come to save (1 Thess. 5:1-3; 2 Thess. 1:7-9).

And This Is Eternal Life…

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

John 17:3 – Scripture Of The Day (January 6, 2014)

It is a very popular notion among religious folk who have been influenced by our post-modernistic, we’re-all-okay, everyone’s-right-and nobody’s-wrong society to try to take faith in Jesus Christ out of the salvation equation.  Take this article by Fox News commentator Bernard Goldberg.  He seems to offer a snarky criticism of the Roman Catholic Pope’s recent pronouncement that people who don’t believe in Jesus will go to heaven anyway…while at the same time joining the Pope in questioning the notion that only believers in Jesus will be saved…and then ends the article by denying that he’s an atheist and thus implying that he believes in God.  Confusing, I know…

The truth is much simpler.  Do you want eternal life?  Know that there is only one true God, and know his Son, Jesus Christ.  Those who will be condemned for eternity are those who do NOT know God and do not obey his Son’s gospel (2 Thess. 1:8-9).  What does it mean to know God?  Keep his commandments (1 John 2:3-5).  What does it mean to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ?  Believe in him (Mark 16:16), repent of your sins (Acts 17:30), be immersed via water into him and his body, the church (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; John 3:3-5; Gal. 3:26-27; 1 Cor. 12:13; Col. 1:18), and hold fast to his Word (1 Cor. 15:1-2).