"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life." John 5:24, NKJV
Did you know you have already passed from death to life? This verse thrills my soul! Jesus plainly tells us that if we hear His Word and believe in Him, we have already passed from death to life! Do you know what this means?
Listen to the Amplified Bible, "I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life."
We will not come into judgment, because Jesus took the judgment we deserved and we have already passed from death into life. Did you hear that? "…Passed from death into life…." This is a present tense reality… not just a future reality.
If I were to ask most Christians, "When will you pass from death to life?” They would say, "After I die…" but that is NOT correct! We have already passed and we have eternal life now! The minute you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you received eternal life and you passed from death to life. You have eternal life now!
How should that change your world? In every way! You are free to live!
Eternal life is not just a quantity of timelessness in which to live – it's a quality of life. Eternal life, everlasting life is the God-kind of life––Jesus also called it "abundant life." We are present-tense possessors of eternal life right now!
It means that you (the real you––your spirit man––the person who lives behind your eyeballs) will never die. You've already taken a pass on death! Yes, your body will die, but the real you––the person who lives in your body will never taste death––ever! You will only know life everlasting––only and eternally. Now, that is something to shout about! You are free to live! To live in God's goodness, mercy, blessings, righteousness, kindness, power, favor, grace and everything else that eternal life includes!
Say This: "Jesus, thank You for giving me eternal life now! Thank You that I – the real me, the spirit me – will never die but I have already passed from death to life. I will not come under judgment because You took the judgment I deserved and You gave me the eternal life I didn't deserve. Thank You so much. I will walk today as a person who truly understands that. In Jesus' Name. Amen."
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