John 5:24 - Eternal Life Now.

John 5:24 - Eternal Life Now.

John 5:24 (KJV)  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.  

 Faith and life are 
 A present possession [NIV SB]

Hath everlasting life; This declaration is more than a promise 
of eternal life to come; it is an assurance that the believer now 
and here may begin to enjoy life that is eternal in quality, because 
he is united spiritually with His Lord, whose life He shares. "The 
Spirit of God, received into the heart by faith, is the beginning of 
the life eternal" (DA 388). [SDA Commentary] 

"Eternal life"--living forever with God--begins when you accept 
Jesus Christ as Savior. At that moment, new life begins in you (2 Cor. 
5:17). It is a completed transaction. You still will face physical 
death, but when Christ returns again, your body will be resurrected to 
live forever (1 Cor. 15).  [Life Application SB] 

Eternal life is more than endless. It has a unique quality and 
character all its own. Eternal life is God's own life, infused with His 
vitality and moral character, given to us through spiritual birth. Those 
with this life can have fellowship with God and with other believers, 
for we are linked to Him and one another by eternal bonds. [Victor 
Bible Reader's Companion] 

Yesterday two Jehovah's Witnesses appeared at our door with an 
"Awake" tract. My wife called out from the living room, "We're 
Christians. We don't want it." 
One of the two answered, "We're Christians too. We believe in 
Jesus Christ as our Saviour." 
That's good. As far as it goes. But the next question that needs 
to be answered is, "Which Jesus?" 
There are many Jesuses in vogue today. There's the "good man 
Jesus," who was misunderstood and killed, and whose teachings are still 
wonderful. There's the "liberation Jesus," who calls for the oppressed to 
take up weapons and kill their oppressors. There's the "Jewish rabbi 
Jesus," who never thought of himself as God and was later dubbed with a 
title he would have hated by his enthusiastic followers--especially 
Paul. There's the "a god" Jesus of several cults, who is either a sort 
of high angel, or a human being lifted to a higher spiritual plane. 
And then there is the God Jesus of John's Gospel, who is equal to 
God in nature, and who from the beginning was God and is God. 
Here in these verses, in Christ's own words as reported by John, 
is the Jesus of Scripture. He is: 
vv. 17-18:	the equal of God the Father
v. 18:	the Son, not identical with the Father, but unified with 
v. 19:	in total harmony with the Father in all His works, and 
submissive to His will 
v. 20	loved by the Father, with full knowledge of His plans and 
v. 21	empowered by the Father, and able to give life as the 
Father has and does 
v. 22	entrusted with authority to judge
v. 23	equal in honor with the Father
v. 24	determiner of human destiny: 
v. 24	the object of a faith that transfers from the realm of 
death to that of life 
v. 25	able to raise the dead
v. 26	one who like the Father is uncreated, having life in 
v. 27	as Son of man, God enfleshed
It does make a difference which Jesus we believe in. How 
wonderful it is to know that the Jesus we believe in is the eternal Son of 
God. One of the earliest creeds of the church, the Nicene Creed, puts 
it this way: 
I believe in... one LORD Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of 
God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of 
Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance 
with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for 
our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy 
Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and crucified also for us 
under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried, and the third day He 
rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and 
sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with 
glory to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have 
no end. 
This is the Jesus of the Bible. This is the Jesus in whom we 
believe! [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

The New Testament teaching is not that everyone has eternal 
life, but that those who come to God through Jesus Christ are given 
eternal life as a gift.  Many passages contain this teaching; it is not 
found in only one or two texts.  The new birth, being "born of the 
Spirit," is to have the life of God given to us.  Not all are born of the 
Spirit.  The Scripture rejects the idea that everybody has a spark of 
deity within.  In fact, the Bible says that man, in his natural 
condition, is "dead to god" and that rebirth, an action of the Holy Spirit, 
is required to plant the life of God.  That's what's meant by 
eternal life.  We don't begin eternal life when we die; we begin it 
while we still live.  Eternity begins with belief in Christ.  [Terry 
Fullam; Time with God devotional SB] 

But is passed from death unto life; Has changed his country, or 
place of abode. Death is the country where every Christless soul 
lives. The man who knows not God lives a dying life, or a living death; 
but he who believes in the Son of God passes over from the empire of 
death, to the empire of life. Reader! thou wast born in death: hast 
thou yet changed the place of thy natural residence? Remember that to 
live in sin is to live in death; and those who live and die thus 
shall die eternally. (Adam Clarke Commentary)