]; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. This is stated all through the Scriptures. The reporter understood that Archie Fain was now a Christian, that somehow he had found Christ in prison; that Jesus had given him the gift of eternal life. When we’re going through trials we might not understand the moving hand of God, but later you will understand why. In his first letter, John has written of him, "This is the record, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Nicodemus believed and received the gift of eternal life. If Jesus gives you life you are on your way to heaven. But, Jesus also says, "it now is," i.e., it was already happening. How clearly those wonderful words define what our Lord is saying here. But more than this, he is the heir of all things, Lord of all lords, head of the church, firstborn of the new creation. They know how, but they cannot seem to make themselves do it; instead they stumble, falter, and fall. He alone has the right to give the gift of eternal life. But all physical life is also in his hands. Those two great facts underscore all of life, yet how easy it is to forget them. He is as certainly a man as was Adam or Moses or Paul; he is a man glorified, but his glorification did not de-humanize him. 24"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. (D)Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Those who have "done good" shall experience the resurrection of life. All through the time of his parole denial he was patient and did not complain. He who has the Son has life, but he who does not have the Son of God does not have life," (1 John 5:11-12). He has it, right then. You can cancel anytime during the trial period. Here is his description: Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" If he does not give you life then you remain exactly the way you were, on your way to hell, on your way to frustration, torment, hollowness -- all those negative things the Scripture means when it speaks of hell -- life without God, without blessing, without richness, without fullness. God is holding back, to give us that chance. People who never think about their accountability to God are spiritually dead. He is the way to God, the life of the believer, the hope of Israel, and the high priest of every true worshiper. New American Standard 1977 The lizard you may grasp with the hands, Yet it is in kings’ palaces. That is what this claim of Jesus states. Today he is a real man, of the race of mankind, bearing our lineaments and dimensions, a visible and audible man, whom any other man would recognize instantly as one of us. Click the button below to continue. Then, even the bodies of men and women will share in their final destiny. Then he said something that must have challenged the whole thought pattern of the leaders and the crowd that was listening to him. But that is not what the Bible is talking about when it speaks of "spiritual" or "eternal" life. Bible verses about hand of God. Why should Christians fear when we’re in God’s hands, the creator of the universe? If there is someone here who has not yet received life from Jesus, now is the time to do so. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. I have already drawn the spiritual parallel to that of a congregation on Sunday morning. If your very physical existence has come from him, and your spiritual destiny is in his hands, then he is the most important Person you will ever have to deal with. 27And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. In other words, because he has now become a man and understands how we live, how we feel and what we face, he has the right to pass judgment on whether we should have the gift of life or remain in death. Promised Joy Provision For The Body God's Indignation. Joshua 23:8-16 Hold tight to God, your God, just as you've done up to now. He claims he has power to give them life also. Last week a young man was released from San Quentin prison. or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? We decide which he is going to be by the reaction we have to truth. He does not point at people in a capricious way, and say, "You and you and you can have eternal life," and so on. But that is a lie! She went away so excited she could not contain herself, but soon brought the whole town out to hear this One who could give the gift of eternal life. By those words he is referring to his own giving to individuals of the gift of life. Because Jesus gives "to whom he will," that makes him also the arbiter of the destiny of human beings: He is the Judge of all men. During that time whoever hears his word and believes on him who sent him receives eternal life. There is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me," (John 5:28-30 RSV). Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, New American Standard Bible (NASB). RayStedman.org/permissions. We do not have to guess. You do not have to be like this for I am standing in front of you saying these words to you." And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all therein, saying, "To him who sits upon the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might for ever and ever!" The answer to that is given in one of the greatest verses in Scripture, Verse 24. If he gives you eternal life you will never die, you will never taste the emptiness and awful loneliness of death. In 1967 he murdered in cold blood a young football player and raped the two girls who were with him, in a terrible crime that shocked the whole community. NASB, MacArthur Study Bible, Large Print: Holy Bible, New American Standard Bible. Many people extract this verse from the context and make up their own ideas about what it means to "do good." He knows the pressures and the problems we face, therefore he knows clearly when we have reached the place where we are ready to give up depending on ourselves and are able to receive the gift of life. "I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just..." (John 5:30a RSV). If this claim of Jesus is, real it clearly makes him the most important Person in anybody's life. He is above all of this. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. There are many blind people present among us, people who cannot see where they are headed, who are stumbling on into disaster and they do not even know it. We have great difficulty today understanding how the words of Jesus sounded to those who heard him on that day. And he surely is not. Jesus got into trouble because, in the presence of human agony, God does not keep the Sabbath. There are paralyzed people here who want to do more than they are doing, but their wills seem to be in a grip they cannot break. Those who have obeyed his word, walked in fellowship with him and shared his life -- those are the ones who have "done good. In the last book of the Bible, which was also written by the Apostle John, there is a tremendous scene described in Chapter 5, where John takes us beyond the limits of earth and shows us the throne of God. Reflect on What You Learn. You will immediately have a fuller experience of life than you have ever had before. Beyond death lies the second death -- unless we have eternal life. That is where we begin our study this morning.
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