Friday, June 7, 2019

John 7-8~ Day 38~ Jesus makes it very clear and simple!

Whenever words are repeated, I perk up!  Boy, did Jesus repeat himself in today's reading!  He is making it quite clear that if one doesn't believe in Him....well......you die!....If you believe....you won't die.  It's very simple!

8:21-"I'm going away; you will look for me, and you will die in your sins."
8:24- "Therefore I told you that you will die in your sins.  For if you do not believe that I am he, you will die in your sin."
8:51- "Truly I tell you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death."

Works aren't involved and being a "good person" with good intensions has nothing to do with it.  Jesus is clear on that point and the writers of the letters that follow the gospel accounts make it clear as well.  (Acts 16:31, Rom. 10:9-17, 1 Thess 2:13, 1 Tim 4:10, Heb 10:9-17 and 1 Peter 1:9)  So if it's so clear, why do people still get confused?  Could it be the father of lies playing his(John 8:44) role?......Yup, I think so!

It's a belief in Jesus that is demonstrated by a changed life, a belief that, "keeps my (his) words" (vs. 51). this is the type of belief that results in eternal life.
Very simple, yet....belief is hard for those who are "slaves" to sin (8:34)......
All I can say is,
Thank you, Jesus, for my freedom from that slavery!!!! (8:36)

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