Great news! I’ve busted into the New Testament! It is so sweet to be reading the NT having read the entire OT…to actually SEE the prophecies come to life in Jesus…to see how much of the OT is quoted in the NT. Amazing.

I’m in John 5 and I came across verses 23-24 and there is so much in them — amazing stuff.

24Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
25″Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

There are some really sweet promises and assurances in here:

  • whoever hears my word and believes in him who sent me HAS eternal life” — as in it is IMMEDIATE.  Think about it…our earthly bodies will pass away, but that verse is assuring us that we already have eternal life now…an assurance that we will be immediately in the presence of Jesus upon these old tentative bodies finally calling it quits – ASSURANCE.
  • He does not come into judgment” — If we believe…we will not face judgment for our sins – why not?  Because Jesus already did.  He took all our sins on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins, there is nothing left to be judged if we believe in the perfect sacrifice of Jesus.  — we are fully JUSTIFIED
  • has passed from death to life” – in case you didn’t get it the first time…the work is done, we have eternal life, starting now.  “has passed”  — as in already happened! More ASSURANCE!
  • an hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live” — the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation – in our natural state we are ‘spiritually dead’  and when we hear the words and work of Jesus, the Spirit opens our hearts to the message and we believe – we LIVE, we are REGENERATED!  New life.  And just to confirm, Jesus himself indicates that he is the one who brings life “…is NOW here”

That’s a nice way to start a Thursday morning, eh?

-M

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2 thoughts on “Assurance, justification, regeneration…oh my!

  1. jumpin the gun agin… I was just caught (before I read further in your post) that is says “…and believes him who sent me has eternal life.” What it doesn’t say is believes what others say about… or what I’ve heard all my life about… or what I read today about… It does say (and I am a literal sorta guy) and believes Him who sent me. Does this mean that the God who sent Jesus Christ interrupts my world to save me and take me out of this world and make me a citizen of a totally new and eternal kingdom? Does this happen by word of mouth or by the sovereign grace of Almighty God to call me out of the grave… “Tim… be made alive in Christ!” and so I come.

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