Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Yet Shall He Live

              Reading John 11:21-25 quoted below, I began to wonder, “How many readers really understand verse twenty-five.

John 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

My thoughts were on the comprehension of “though he were dead…  When I first accepted Jesus as my Saviour, I was not aware that prior to my accepting Jesus I was a “dead man walking.”  Sounds like something out of a horror story, yet, spiritually I was dead.  My life, in terms of God, was a blasphemy toward Him and His Son.  (To some I was a good man and yet to others not so good.)  When I was saved, I realized that spiritually I really had been dead.  I worked, I earned a living, yet, by God I was not even seen.
              Jesus tells us in this set of scriptures, “he that believeth in me… yet shall he live.  The real question isn’t, “Are you dead?”  It is, “Do you believe?”  A person who doesn’t know or acknowledge God doesn’t know about spiritual death.  He lives, he plays and he dies.  That is all that he really knows.  However, a person who has acknowledged God, by attending a Bible Church, reading his (or someone else’s) Bible may understand, but yet not believe and not have spiritual life.  Only those who have accepted Jesus, (from their heart, not their head,) have the spiritual life in which Jesus is speaking. 
              Reader, “Where do you stand in terms of spiritual life and death?”  With spiritual life, we have a promised eternal, everlasting life with Jesus and His Father our God in Heaven.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

“So what do we have if we fail to accept Christ Jesus, and have no spiritual life?” 

John 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

To understand the implications, we must know the definition of “abideth.  The Webster 1828 Dictionary defines it as:  To continue permanently or in the same state; to be firm and immovable.  So, when we put it together we can see that God’s wrath abides permanently.  A person who has never accepted Jesus will also live eternally with the wrath of God, Hell, forever and for ever.
              God tells us in John 3:16 that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish.  Again spiritually, the believer who believes will never perish.  God loves you dearly.  He does not love ANY of your sins.  All He asks of you is that you believe that Jesus is His Son, and He (God) has raised Him, (Jesus) from the grave.

Romans 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Reader, if you haven’t claimed Him, do it now with a sincere heart.  Remove the abiding wrath of God.  Claim Him today and live.          

John 11:21-25  Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.  (22)  But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.  (23)  Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.  (24)  Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.  (25)  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Bro. John R. E Chastain

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