The Gospel of John – No Condemnation

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“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life. “And I assure you that the time is coming, indeed it’s here now, when the dead will hear my voice—the voice of the Son of God. And those who listen will live.” John 5:24-25

To give life and to judge are related, for to have life is to escape condemnation. “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) The great events of the last days are already taking place. With the coming of Jesus, we entered the last days. The judge they were expecting has come, before the final end of this age; the life of the age to come is already available. All of this is accomplished, Jesus says, in the one who hears my word and believes him who sent me. Those who recognize Jesus as the unique Son receive his words as having come from God and, accordingly, believe the Father who sent him. To know God is to have eternal life. Until we receive life from the Son, we are dead, under God’s wrath. “And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” (John 3:36) If we hear the voice of Jesus and listen, we will live. The greater one is here that can speak to the dry bones and they will have life. (Ezekiel 37)

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