The Heart and Truth of God

If you are a follower, a believer in Jesus, if this doesn’t bring joy, relief and grace into your mind and soul nothing will:

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life, and does not come under judgment, but has passed from death to life.” -Jesus in John 5.24 NRSV

“Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” -NAS

“I assure you and most solemnly say to you, the person who hears My word [the one who heeds My message], and believes and trusts in Him who sent Me, has (possesses now) eternal life [that is, eternal life actually begins—the believer is transformed], and does not come into judgment and condemnation, but has passed [over] from death into life.” -AMP

I have met and interacted with so many people who are tormented, fearful, full of anxiety over God’s attitude and heart towards them due to “not measuring up” as though that’s even possible in our human nature, old nature, we -do- have capacity to sin and of course miss the mark plenty whether we’re even conscious of it.

Paul and others are clear- we are NOT saved by works, by our efforts. While he and more New Testament writers discuss living a life worthy of our calling he is not saying we must earn God’s mercy and grace nor continually beat ourselves up to somehow gain His acceptance!

If you struggle with this please meditate on the verse I’ve quoted above, and there are more that essentially say the same right through God’s Word.

Eternal life is a gift from and by Jesus Christ, not a matter of us literally deserving it and certainly not by our own actions nor in our strength.

Consider you’re hearing this from an old holiness preacher, oh yes, LIVE WHAT YOU SAY YOU BELIEVE but take care you don’t walk the planet cowering in fear- Jesus also said “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” -Luke 12.32

As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

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