Firmly Held

How many times during your life time have your heard someone say to you, “Honestly” or “Really, I am telling you the truth!” If you read your Bible you find that Jesus has said the same thing to us. For example, one of his disciple records Jesus 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.” [John 5:24 NASB] Let’s look more closely at what Jesus is saying.

TRULY, or MOST ASSUREDLY – There is only one thing in this world that is truly trustworthy; Jesus’ words. They are not changeable but are a firm foundation. Jesus is the “amen” to all conversation. “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this …” [Revelation_3:14]Jesus is prefacing His promise with a declaration of His authority and character. Jesus never wore a mask. What the disciples heard and saw was the real deal. And God superintended that they were faithful in relaying on to us. When it comes to matters of salvation, God wants us to understand that attempting to bring our carnal and fall-twisted reasoning into the discussion is a ship wreck waiting to happen. When it comes to salvation, our reasoning can never reach a final conclusion with certainty. Just think about that for a minute. Outside of Jesus, there is no assurance of salvation because everything devised by man in religion is based on limited fatalities about the subject of eternity and our real condition before God. No matter how we craft our arguments in our minds, we can never be sure that we have reached a correct conclusion in all cases. There must be an independent outside source of validation who participated in the creation.

I SAY TO YOU – “I am going to relate to you in a systematic manner.” In other words, the One who is speaking to you now, you have been actively resisting, rejecting and seeking to eliminate from your life. We do not like what He says to us if we are running away or just plain ignoring Him.

HE WHO HEARS – Jesus is saying: ‘Listen to Me, listen to My followers who are around you, listen to what is being reported, and understand.’ Jesus wants us to understand that He is the sum and substance of what He says. Do not make the mistake of just listening with only the external ears that God gave you but also listen internally, with your soul. That is where life begins. It is only when we listen with the soul that we are enabled by the Holy Spirit to distinguish what is truth from Sovereign God and what are lies from the deceiving gods.

MY WORD – listen not only to My words but try to understand My thoughts; My ways “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.” [Psalm_103:7] If you only look for the bling and bang of what I as God do, then you will miss my intentions for you. There are two types of hearing: speculative and experiential. We can listen and speculate about the pros and cons of Jesus statement. Or we can choose to take them to heart, trust Jesus that He is telling us the truth and act on them as truth. The question is: how do we hear Jesus’ words? If we are looking to draw closer to God and discover for His ways, then our actions will be to yield in obedience through faith.

AND BELIEVES – The constant question before us is do I credit God with being faithful? Do I entrust my spiritual well-being to Jesus? The Christian life is composed of a life time of learning three things: to trust in, rely on, and adhere to the Lord Jesus.

HIM WHO SENT – Dispatched Me from where I was originally; My point of departure. Interestingly Jesus does not here say to believe Him but the One who sent Him. So when we reject the counsel and instructions of Jesus, we are then rejecting God.

ME, HAS – You will hold, you will have in your possession and you will have the condition of. I will have the right to claim hope by faith in His grace. This is a pledge not from a man but from God Himself.

ETERNAL – Perpetual [past, present and future] everlasting

LIFE – life as God intended it to be, full of His grace and peace that cannot be manufactured.

AND DOES NOT COME – Pass from; fall out of what God has promised us.

INTO JUDGMENT – Something ordained that is either for or against me. Implies justice enacted. Divine law adhered to. Accusation. Condemnation. Damnation. I will pass from condemnation of the original sin and all sins past, present and future. Not one of my sins will be held in accusation against me. It is not by my righteousness or my legal arguments but only by the righteousness of Christ that I have received by faith.

BUT HAS PASSED – to change places; depart from where I am at currently; to go toward; to be removed from [by divine decree].

OUT OF DEATH – moral death; all of the guilt from sins; out from under the penalty of death having missed the mark of perfection that the Law of God requires.

INTO LIFE – spiritual life; a life of covenant grace and justification by faith, made alive to a process of exchanging my sinful way of thinking and acting to a life that seeks to draw closer to God and live a life pleasing to Him. It is a life that has a security to it.

Trust in, rely on, and adhere to Jesus Christ. He is the only answer to your life.

 

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