Have you ever wondered why Jesus sometimes says, “He who has ears, let him hear.”?
Could it be that the Creator knows that we often hear things but don’t really pay attention? And He said that thousands of years ago before the distractions we deal with were even thought about.
How many times has someone shared information with you that you later asked for because you hadn’t tuned in fully to hear what they said? Yeah, it’s lots for me, too.
As Jesus walked the earth, fully God and fully man, He always pointed people to the Father. He declared Himself the only way to the Father, and said He obeyed the Father. He constantly invited people to do the same.
Here in John 5:24, Jesus plainly says that those who listen to His message and believe in God will have eternal life with no condemnation.
The Amplified Version that uses more than one English word to translate the thoughts behind the Greek and Aramaic explains this way:
𝘐 𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶, 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘮𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘐 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘴 -𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘔𝘺 𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘨𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘏𝘪𝘮 𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘔𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 (𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘸) 𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘫𝘶𝘥𝘨𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘫𝘶𝘥𝘨𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵, 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘮𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘺 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦.
Open to His words, listens to His message. Not just letting the words pass over as though insignificant.
Believes is more than brain work! It includes trust that causes one to cling to and rely on the One in whom you believe.
Has = possesses now. Not later. Not after death. We who are believers are walking around with eternal life within us. It’s a part of us as surely as our skin is.
And the bonus? No judgment that leads to death. No facing the flames of hell, no eternal separation from God. No. We who possess eternal life have already dealt with that and come out on top. All because of Jesus.
Oh, Believer, hear this message today! If you have believed Jesus’ message and believed in God to the point of trusting, relying, and leaning on Him, your place with Him in eternity is settled. Not merely a reservation, but a settled reality. LIFE! All yours.
you don’t feel like it is.
And when you feel/sense/hear condemnation, know to your core that it is not coming from your Heavenly Father. It’s not. He doesn’t love you one day and condemn you the next.
Your enemy, however, wants to keep you from being confident in that truth. Time to kick him in the teeth, don’t you think?
Tell that rotten one that you have believed Jesus’ message and trust, rely, and lean on Almighty God and are free from condemnation. At every turn resist him and watch him flee.
Let’s listen to God today. Really listen to what He says to us. Then we can walk a little taller, step a little lighter, and enjoy the confidence of our God and King.
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