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Gospel in a nutshell | John 5:24

24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

John 5:24 (NASB)

Gospel in a nutshell

Today we’re going to “camp out” on this verse. It presents the gospel in a nutshell. In the preceding passage we studied yesterday, Jesus talked of the judgment to come. Today Jesus tells us the good news, that those who believe don’t have to suffer that judgment. We know the end of the story (which we’ll see later in this gospel) – that Jesus will die for our sins and take upon Himself the judgment due us. It’s not just a “simple” statement. It is the tip of an iceberg of truth and life-changing teaching. At the same time, it is simple enough that children can understand and believe.

Digging deeper

The help understand this better, the Amplified version adds some explanation: “the person who hears My word [the one who heeds My message], and believes and trusts in Him who sent Me, has (possesses now) eternal life [that is, eternal life actually begins–the believer is transformed], and does not come into judgment and condemnation, but has passed [over] from death into life.” 

“Hear Jesus’ word” goes well beyond hearing like a child hearing their mom tell them to not play in the street. It’s understanding and obeying such that our behavior is changed. The kid listens and believes what their mom says is true then decides to not play in the street but stay by their mom.

Likewise, “Believe the Father” involves trust and reliance. In fact, it is exclusive. We believe only in the Father’s way, Jesus. We give up all other ways of salvation and forgiveness we’ve tried. Each of us take a stand, repent and  make a declaration in faith.

Results

No judgment, no condemnation (Romans 8:1) for those who believe. We were dead spiritually and headed for eternal separation from God. But He completely changed the course of our life! We are guaranteed eternal life – and it has already started!

By the way

Why does Jesus need to say “Truly, truly”? He is the way, the truth and the life. All he says is true. Why? Because it stresses the message. It’s like saying, “Pay close attention.” The Amplified version says, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you,”.

<- Reflection ->
  • Jesus is asking you, personally, right now, the most important question in life – Have you listened to Jesus’ words and believed in the Father who sent Jesus? 
  • For those who have believed, seek to more deeply understand this truth. Remind yourself of it again. Ask questions and dig. After that, you’ll be like me – Doug. 🙂
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