Verily, verily, I say unto you, 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. (John 5:24)
Here is an insight that has revolutionized and transformed many a life.
The duplication of verily or truly at the outset alerts us to expect something momentous. We will not be disappointed.
I say unto you. The I is the Lord Jesus; we know that from verse 19. What we must also know is that when He says something, it is absolutely and invariably true. He cannot lie. He cannot deceive. He cannot be deceived. Nothing can be more sure and dependable than what He says.
To whom is He speaking? I say unto you. The Eternal Son of God is speaking to you and to me. We never had anyone so illustrious speak to us before and never will. We ought to listen!
He that heareth my word. The He means anyone. It has the same force as whoever. To hear His word means not just to hear it with the ears, but to hear and believe, to hear and receive, to hear and obey.
and believeth on him that sent me. We know that it was God the Father who sent Him. But the important question is, Why did He send Him? I must believe that the Father sent His Son to die as my Substitute, to pay the penalty I deserved, to shed His blood for the remission of my sins.
And now comes the threefold promise. First, hath everlasting life. As soon as a person believes, he possesses eternal life. Its just as plain as that. Second, he shall not come into condemnation. This means he will never be consigned to hell because of his sins, because Christ has paid the debt, and God will not demand payment twice. Third, he is passed from death unto life. He passes from a condition in which he is spiritually dead as far as his relation to God is concerned, and is born again into a new life that will never end.
If you have truly heard His Word and if you have believed on the Father who sent Him, then the Lord Jesus Christ assures you that you are saved.
No wonder it is called Good News.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon