Studies In The Book Of John
John 5:24 – “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.”
A. One has to hear the words of Christ to have any hope of eternity (Romans 10:14 and Romans 10:17).
1. Those who do not hear the words of Christ are not of God (John 8:43-47 and John 18:37; cf. I John 4:1-6).
2. We cannot stop at just hearing the words of our Lord (Luke 8:13, John 8:31, and John 14:24).
3. Some people are rebellious and do not want to listen to our Lord (II Kings 17:13-14 and Ezekiel 12:2).
B. Those who hear and believe will not come into condemnation, for they shall act upon that faith (Mark 16:15-16 and Acts 18:8; cf. Hebrews 11:7 and James 2:14-26).
1. Real faith causes obedience (Matthew 7:24-27).
2. While those who truly believe and obey will not come into condemnation, those who believe not are damned (Mark 16:15-16, II Thessalonians 2:12, Hebrews 3:18, and Jude 5).
John 5:25-27 – “(25) Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. (26) For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; (27) And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.”
A. Hearing the voice of Christ can raise the physically and spiritually dead (John 12:1 and Colossians 2:8-13).
1. When you are in sin, you are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1; 5).
2. To be alive unto God you have to become dead unto sin (Romans 6:1-13).
B. All authority has been given to Christ (Matthew 28:18 and Luke 10:22).
1. Jesus understood the significance of having the power given unto Him of the Father (John 17:1-3).
2. Christ will be the judge at the end of this world (Romans 14:10 and II Timothy 4:1).
John 5:28-29 – “(28) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
A. The dead will be raised at the end of this world (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
1. The resurrection of the dead will occur because of Christ (I Corinthians 15:22).
2. Jesus is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).
3. All that we live for surrounds the day in which the dead shall be raised (Philippians 3:20-21).
B. The separation of the good and evil will occur on the Judgment Day (Matthew 13:37-43 and Matthew 25:31-46).
1. Those who have done that which is good [according to God’s definition of good – Matthew 7:21-23] can look forward to eternal life (John 6:27, Romans 2:6-7, Romans 5:21, Romans 6:22, and I John 2:24-25).
2. Those who have done evil can expect everlasting punishment (Mark 9:44-48 and II Thessalonians 1:8-9).
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