From the Heart!
The Gospel of John and the Promises Given By Jesus of Eternal Life
Have you ever feared the White Throne Judgment of Christ? Have you struggled with an anxiety of having hidden sin and past deeds paraded before you on that awesome and fearful day of judgement? Do you have reservations when certain scriptures are read that remind you of offences in your past or present for which the penalty under Law is death?
Have I got some good news for you from the apostle John. Jesus was an intimate acquaintance of John and the scriptures refer to John as the disciple Jesus loved. Perhaps it was the listening ear of John that made him a valued person. When I get to John in my bible reading I slow down and savor every word. So much of this chapter is Christ talking and teaching I can hardly wait for another study. I have pretended to be one of the lost Jews to whom so much of Christ’s message was addressed. This lost and blind nation of Israel, which God chose to live with and from whom he had to depart, are the heart of Christ’s earthly message.
Christ’s gift of salvation to the gentiles was fulfilled after his death by an unlikely Jewish zealot named Paul, who hated and
persecuted and punished followers of Christ. There are very few words needed to explain the scriptures below, as they are the very words of Jesus. My hope is that you pay attention to all the words of Jesus. Accept Him as your savior and receive his promise of eternal redemption. Remember this, the wages of sin is death; not just physical death but so much worse …ETERNAL DEATH.
John Chapter 5: 24“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life Notice this is present tence it is a guarantee to the faithful who continue in the love and protection of Christ NOW! and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. 25 I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead, …(spiritually dead)…, will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live …(listen, hear and repent and live)… 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man. 28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done good will rise to live…(Now is the time of salvation, repent now)… and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned…(Do not let yourself deny the saving grace of Jesus dying in sin is an eternal death)… . 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me. John Chapter 6 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away (If you fill a tug at the center of your being you are being called to repentance, Yield Now!). 38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” You will have “condemned yourself” if you deny Jesus as your personal Savior only you can make the choice for “eternal security”. It is was and always has been God’s “intention” for you. HOWEVER IT IS YOUR CHOICE! 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” As I said above it is was and always has been gods “intention” for you to serve him. But it is your Choice! 53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. IT IS WHAT CHRIST DID IN GIVING HIS LIFE AND SHEDDING HIS BLOOD THAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE FOR ALL WHO ACCEPT HIS SARIFICE FOR THEIR REDEMPTION.58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum. John Chapter -8 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 23 But he continued, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be,[a] you will indeed die in your sins.” 34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” …Meaning spiritual death or the second death… John Chapter -9 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Walking in the true faith and protection of Christ’s forgiveness blinds one to sinful desires and actions. John Chapter -11 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
John Chapter -14 15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” John Chapter -15 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other. John Chapter -17 John 17 New International Version 1984 (NIV1984) John 17 Jesus Prays for Himself 1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. Jesus Prays for His Disciples 6 “I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. 13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify[b] them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. Jesus Prays for All Believers 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. 25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”