Summary: Because our sins were nailed to the cross with Jesus Christ feeling the full weight of God’s wrath as He hung on Calvary there are three great truths that assure the believer that he or she does not have to fear coming before God in judgment seeing that
JOHN 5:24 "VERILY, VERILY, I SAY UNTO YOU, HE THAT HEARS MY WORD, AND BELIEVES ON HIM THAT SENT ME, HAS EVERLASTING LIFE, AND SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION; BUT IS PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE."
Because our sins were nailed to the cross with Jesus Christ feeling the full weight of God’s wrath as He hung on Calvary there are three great truths that assure the believer that he or she does not have to fear coming before God in judgment seeing that he or she has been judged already.
I. For the Believer Eternal Life is a Present Reality
A. " has everlasting life"
B. Has - to have in hand, own, possess
C. 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 abides on him."
D. A PREACHER A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE SERVICE WENT BACK TO THE DOOR TO GREAT THE PEOPLE. A LADY TROUBLED ABOUT HER SOUL CAME ALONG, AND HE REACHED OUT HIS HAND AND SAID TO HER, "WELL, HOW IS IT WITH YOU TONIGHT? ARE YOU SAVED?" SHE SAID, "OH, I DON’T KNOW, SIR; I HOPE SO." HE SAID, "WELL, LET ME SHOW YOU THIS VERSE, ’HE THAT BELIEVETH ON THE SON HATH EVERLASTING LIFE.’ DO YOU BELIEVE ON THE SON?" "OH, I DO, SIR, I DO BELIEVE ON HIM WITH ALL MY HEART." "WELL, THEN HAVE YOU EVERLASTING LIFE?" SHE REPLIED, "I HOPE SO. I HOPE I HAVE IT." THE MINISTER THEN ASKED HER TO READ THE VERSE AGAIN. SHE READ IT, "HE THAT BELIEVETH ON THE SON HATH EVERLASTING LIFE." "DO YOU BELIEVE ON THE SON? "I DO." "THEN DO YOU HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE?" "I HOPE SO, I CERTAINLY HOPE SO." "READ IT AGAIN PLEASE." SHE READ IT AGAIN -- "HE THAT BELIEVETH ON THE SON HATH EVERLASTING LIFE." DO YOU BELIEVE ON THE SON? AGAIN SHE REPLIED, "I DO!" "THEN DO YOU HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE?" SHE AGAIN REPLIED, "I HOPE SO." "WELL," THE MINISTER SAID, "I SEE WHAT THE TROUBLE IS." SHE ASKED, "WHAT IS THE TROUBLE?" "WHY, THE TROUBLE," THE MINISTER SAID, "IS THAT WHEN YOU WERE A GIRL THE SPELLED VERY DIFFERENTLY THAN THEY DID WHEN I WAS A BOY." SHE SAID, "WHAT DO YOU MEAN? I AM NOT THAT MUCH OLDER THAN YOU." HE REPLIED, "WHEN YOU WERE A GIRL H-A-T-H SPELLED "HOPE." WHEN I WAS A BOY H-A-T-H SPELLED "HATH!" "HE THAT BELIEVETH ON THE SON HATH EVERLASTING LIFE."
E. John 6:47 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life."
II. For the Believer Judgment is over and the Books have been Closed
A. "is passed from death unto life"
B. HORATIO SPAFFORD WROTE IN HIS SONG, "IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL" THESE WORDS "MY SIN, O THE BLISS OF THIS GLORIOUS THO’T, MY SIN NOT IN PART BUT THE WHOLE IS NAILED TO THE CROSS AND I BEAR IT NO MORE. PRAISE THE LORD, PRAISE THE LORD, O MY SOUL!"
C. II Corinthians 5:21 "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
D. IMAGINE A DESTITUTE MOTHER BEING ARRESTED FOR STEALING A BOTTLE OF MILK IN ORDER TO FEED HER HUNGRY CHILD. HER CRIME OF THEFT MAKES HER A LAW VIOLATOR. SHE IS SUBSEQUENTLY INDICTED AND TRIED IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. WHEN THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY PRESENTS HIS EVIDENCE IN COURT, THE JUDGE HAS NO ALTERNATIVE OTHER THAN TO FIND THE POOR WOMAN GUILTY AS CHARGED. BECAUSE OF THE MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES, THE JUDGE IMPOSES THE MINIMUM SENTENCE, A FIVE-DOLLAR FINE. HOWEVER, A WOMAN WHO CAN’T AFFORD TO BUY A BOTTLE OF MILK FOR HER STARVING BABY CAN’T EVEN PAY SUCH A SMALL FINE. THE JUDGE IS A KIND AND CARING MAN. BUT HOW SHALL HE MAINTAIN RESPECT FOR THE LAW AND SHOW MERCY TO THE WOMAN AT THE SAME TIME? HE RESOLVES THE DILEMMA BY REMOVING HIS JUDICIAL ROBE, TAKING FIVE DOLLARS FROM HIS WALLET, AND PAYING IT TO THE BAILIFF IN SATISFACTION OF THE JUDICIAL SENTENCE. THIS FREES THE WOMAN TO GO HOME TO HER BABY. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED WHEN JESUS WENT TO THE CROSS. WE HAVE BEEN INDICTED FOR OUR SINS AND FOUND GUILTY AS CHARGED. THE PENALTY IS DEATH (ROMANS 6:23), AND JESUS HAS PAID THE DEBT. (J.D. THOMAS, QUOTED IN "HOW DO I KNOW I’M SAVED?" BY NORMAN BALES, COPYRIGHT 1989, BY GOSPEL ADVOCATE)