What Does John 5:24 Mean?

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he 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)

Verse Thoughts

Jesus had just healed a man at the pool of Bethsaida, but He did this healing on the Sabbath. The Jews had so misinterpreted the Law of Moses about the Sabbath day that they considered the miracles that Jesus carried out on the Sabbath, violated their strict rules. When the man that had been healed obeyed Christ's instruction and picked up his bed to carry it home, it was construed as work, and they accused Jesus of violating their laws. But Jesus replied, "My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working."

This response infuriated the Jews, for they knew that Jesus was making Himself equal with Almighty God. For that reason, they "sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God."

Following this accusation, the Lord Jesus taught His disciples all about His unique relationship with God the Father. He explained the mutual love they have for each other. He explained that His whole life was to do the will of the Father and to carry it out in the power of the Spirit so as to please the Father, by only saying and doing the things that He heard from the Father.

Jesus finally summed up this important teaching that spelt out the clear message of His eternal deity before saying: "Truly, truly, I say to you, he 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."

Jesus had simply explained the gospel that we read in John chapter 3: "That whosoever believes on the Him will not perish but have everlasting life." He was just stating what the Philippian jailer would hear: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." He was simply saying what Paul would teach in Romans 8: "There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus."

Jesus laid out this truth very emphatically by starting what He said with the words verily, verily: "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life."

Faith comes by hearing and so the more we hear the gospel, the more it becomes a part of our being and the more we truly trust the Word of God. If we believe "that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures," then we have heard His Word, believed the Father Who sent Him, and "are given eternal life, and will not come under judgment but have passed from death to life."

My Prayer

Loving Father, keep me ever mindful of Your Word and the truth that is contained in the plain message of Scripture and the glorious gospel of grace. I praise and thank You that I have passed from death to life, by believing on Jesus. In His name I pray, AMEN.

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