22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
Over and over in the Gospel of John we see promises of eternal life tied to Jesus Christ. Here we see that the Father has given judgment to the Son. The Father wants the Son to receive the same honor that men have given to the Father. Thus, when people dishonor Jesus Christ they are also dishonoring God the Father. So if a religious system, such as Jehovah Witness, Mormonism, and Islam, to name a few, do not honor Jesus Christ as God, is that system really honoring God the Father? We cannot look to their efforts but we must look to God’s prescription. God does not want honor apart from the Son. The two are equal and one so to leave one of them out of the honor and worship is to leave both out.
As you know, this teaching goes against political and religious correctness. Universalism is the name of the religious game. “God is going to receive all people eventually; who they worshipped in this life doesn’t ultimately matter.” It seemed to matter to Jesus.
Then Jesus ties eternal life to believing His teaching and believing in the Father who sent Him. Whenever we come across an authoritative statement of truth we must analyze the source of the statement. In this case the source is Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ told even one lie or stretched the truth even one time He could not have been the spotless Lamb to take away the sin of the world. If the source of this statement of eternal life tied to Jesus and God is reliable then we have to believe the statement. We don’t need to reinterpret it nor find some obscure teaching to get around it. No, we just need to accept the teachings of Jesus as clear.
Therefore, to whom are you looking for eternal life? Are you concerned for people you know who are relying on some other way to heaven? Look to Jesus yourself. Submit to the will of the Father and accept the Son as Savior and Lord. Study your salvation so you can explain it to others who are in great need of God’s gospel. Jesus promised that those who believe in Him and honor the Father will not come into judgment (for their sin) but have passed from death to life. This is good teaching.
I am thankful to God for how He brought us together yesterday. He brought in two visitor families who said they would be back. Pray with us for God to bring new people into our church for His glory.
I really enjoyed preaching through Isaiah 55. This has been a rich study of God’s desire to satisfy us, lead us by His word to accomplish His purpose, and then to rejoice in God’s ability to bring fruitfulness out of a once thorny and thistle-filled field. There are no excuses for not being fruitful for the Lord. When He comes in He cleans out the thistles and He replaces them with fruit bearing trees and grassy meadows. It is a wonderful passage to gain understanding of. Last night we had our sermon discussion time and as always, it was a rich time of reviewing the word of God.
Do pray for our students in school. As I mentioned yesterday, the LGBT influence is very strong. Last week they pushed the “day of silence” when students, in support of homosexuality, rebel against all instruction and refuse to speak all day. This day is a disruption of education and becomes a bullying against kids who refuse to participate. Our children are made susceptible to this madness. Pray for them with fervor that they will see the failure of sin and understand the reason behind God’s righteous ways.
Have a great day in the Lord,