Aug 12, 2019 1121
Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life (John 5:24, NIV).
Christ is no mere man only. He is God. The divinity of our Lord is our assurance of eternal life and our guarantee that he is sufficient for all our needs in this present time, as well as in the world to come. The Gospel of John has as its message the glorious truth that once we are united to Christ by living faith, our only limitation will be the welcome one of the will of God which is always good.
Despite our weakness and our sinfulness, all things – the failing of supply, of health, of strength, of apparent safety – work together for good. Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
But most of all, the Gospel is declaring that the spiritual ravages of our nature made by sin can be healed by our contact of faith with the living Christ. John is as aware of the simplicity of salvation by faith alone and therefore he uses various forms of the word “believe” approximately 100 times.
That salvation is free is the glorious good news told again and again. Sense can be made of the nonsense of life only as we believe the words of Christ. Listen again to some from the most beautiful book in the Bible.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24, NIV).
Throughout the Gospel of John, the word of the divine Christ works transformation. It raised Lazarus from the dead. That same word received and believed by you and me places us too on resurrection ground translated into the eternal kingdom of God.
– Des Ford (adapted from Eternal Life Now)
Eli’s Reflection: How does believing Jesus affect your daily life? How have you experienced transformation?