John 5:24 - Eternal Life or Judgment?
John 5:24 (NIV) I tell you the truth,
whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me
has eternal life and will not be condemned; he
has crossed over from death to life.
Jesus death and Resurrection release
us from judgment.
You may imagine a day of judgment where
youre standing outside the gates of heaven in a
really long line, and youre slowly moving
forward, one step at a time. As you get closer, you
start to sweat and wonder, Am I going to get
in? Am I going to make it? Is God going to use a
giant TV screen to show every foolish or wrong
thing Ive ever done? Will my every sin be
I have Good News for you; its the
promise of Jesus Christ. The Bible says in John 3:18
that those who believe in Jesus - his death and
Resurrection - will not be judged.
Heres the real picture: Youre
standing in line waiting for the judgment. Jesus sees
you and says, I know you. Weve been
friends for years. You put your trust in me one year
during Easter. Come with me. Get in the express
lane. You get the fast track. You get to bypass
the judgment. Is that good news? Oh, yeah!
I have a friend named Buddy who said
that, when he was a little kid, his Sunday school
teacher taught him that God was sitting in heaven,
writing down every bad thing that Buddy ever did.
She actually made the class sing a song every
week that went, My Lord is writing all the
time. Writing, writing, writing all the time.
Buddy said, It scared me. I just thought,
Im never going to make it to heaven. My list is
getting longer and longer.
Is that the way God treats us when we
come and put our faith in Christ? No! In fact,
God is erasing, erasing, erasing all the time.
Forgiving, forgiving, forgiving all the time. Hes
sitting in heaven, hitting the delete button.
Why? Because the Bible says God is
love (1 John 4:8 NIV) and love keeps no record
of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV). If you
put your trust in the love of Jesus Christ, your
sins are wiped out.
There is no condemnation for those who
belong to Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1 NLT). [Daily
Devotional by Rick Warren:
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 Bible Commentary]
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John 5:24 - Eternal Life Now.
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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