Eternal life (Jn 5:24-5:24)

“Truly!

Truly!

I say to you!

Anyone who hears

My word

And believes him

Who sent me,

Has eternal life.

He does not come

Under judgment.

But he has passed

From death

To life.”

ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ὁ τὸν λόγον μου ἀκούων καὶ πιστεύων τῷ πέμψαντί με ἔχει ζωὴν αἰώνιον, καὶ εἰς κρίσιν οὐκ ἔρχεται ἀλλὰ μεταβέβηκεν ἐκ τοῦ θανάτου εἰς τὴν ζωήν.

John uniquely indicated that Jesus continued with his theological monologue.  Jesus once again uttered a solemn pronouncement (ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν) that was also common among the synoptics.  Anyone who heard the word of the Son (ὅτι ὁ τὸν λόγον μου ἀκούων), Jesus, and believed (καὶ πιστεύων) in him, who sent the Son (τῷ πέμψαντί με), the Father, would have eternal life (ἔχει ζωὴν αἰώνιον).  They would not receive any judgment (καὶ εἰς κρίσιν οὐκ ἔρχεται).  But they have passed (ἀλλὰ μεταβέβηκεν) from death (ἐκ τοῦ θανάτου) to life (εἰς τὴν ζωήν).  In other words, this is realized eschatology.  The end times have come already in the presence of the Son, Jesus.  If they heard his word and believed the Father, they would have eternal life, and not receive any further judgment.  They have already passed from death and sin to eternal life.  They have been saved.  Do you believe that you are saved?

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