People take many trips over the course of their lives. The passage that stood out for Day 162 was John 5:24 because it describes the infinitely most important trip anyone can ever take, and that is passing from death to life. For Day 162, the passage that stood out was John 5:24 (ESV), which reads:
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
Another translation of John 5:24 (NCV) reads:
24 “I tell you the truth, whoever hears what I say and believes in the One who sent me has eternal life. That person will not be judged guilty but has already left death and entered life.
John 5:24-30 is the block of text that comprises the context helps better understand John 5:24. Verses 24-30 (ESV) read:
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. 25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. 30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.
Breaking the text into phrases, i.e., the study tool of “phrasing” per Bill Mounce’s book Greek for the Rest of Us, is a very helpful way to better appreciate the flow of a text. By “phrasing” John 5:24-30, I appreciated the multiple contrasts contained in the text.
The contrasts I see in the block of text are: (1) death vs. life (v. 24), (2) judgment vs. eternal life (vv.24), (3) good vs. evil (v.29), and (4) resurrection of life vs. resurrection of judgment (v. 29). These contrasts are significant because they define eternities spent either in heaven or in hell. This is the greatest contrast that there can ever be. Verse 24b highlights the joy for a saved person because he or she “does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”
Verse 24b teaches that a saved person does not come into judgment at the Great White Throne Judgment (see Revelation 20:11-15). Here, the Greek verb erchomai, which the ESV translates as “does … come”, is in the present tense which means:
present — The verb tense where the writer portrays an action in process or a state of being with no assessment of the action’s completion.
Heiser, M. S., & Setterholm, V. M. (2013; 2013). Glossary of Morpho-Syntactic Database Terminology. Lexham Press.
Verse 24b also teaches that the saved person “has passed from” a destiny of an eternity in hell to an eternity in heaven. The ESV translates the Greek verb metabainō as “has passed” is in the perfect tense which means:
perfect — The verb tense used by the writer to describe a completed verbal action that occurred in the past but which produced a state of being or a result that exists in the present (in relation to the writer). The emphasis of the perfect is not the past action so much as it is as such but the present “state of affairs” resulting from the past action.
Heiser et al.
One takeaway for me is that the contrast revealed in the phrase of “does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” establishes the finality or security of one’s salvation. A saved person is not on the road to judgment that leads to hell, but securely rests in the fact that he or she has already taken the most important trip of passing from death to life. A believer can rest assured he or she will not be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment and that their greatest trip ever is forever.
If you are reading this post and are not a Christian, you have not taken the most important trip of your life. Unless God intervenes, your eternal destination is hell. But, your destiny can change. Today can be the day of your salvation when you pass from death to life. Please see my blog (https://stevebelsheim.com/2020/04/20/for-god-so-loves-you-2/) for a description of how you can be saved.
The Professor Grant Horner Bible Reading System is a great 500 day Bible reading plan. The following link presents a description of the plan ( https://sohmer.net/media/professor_grant_horners_bible_reading_system.pdf). My goal is to briefly share my thoughts on the passage that stands out the most for me each day.
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