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Summary: The gift of salvation is free and available but many people still don’t want it.

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The Greatest Gift left at the altar

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

I. He that heareth my word

The ‘heareth’ is not a simple physical hearing that is taking place. You must hear with your innermost self and believe; to receive in a proper manner; to suffer it to make its proper impression on the mind; to obey.

Another example of the word used the same way:

John 8:47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

II. On him that sent me.

On the Father, who, in the plan of redemption, is represented as sending his Son to save men.

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Faith in God, who sent his Son, is here represented as being connected with everlasting life; but there can be no faith in him who sent his Son, without faith also in him who is sent. You can’t believe in God the Father only, omitting belief that Jesus is God the Son. This is certainly one of our core doctrines.

III. Hath everlasting life.

The greatest gift in the world. This world that is corrupted by sin will pass away and a new place awaits us. God never intended for His people to live this way. Man’s sin has not only separated him from God but corrupted God’s creation.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

IV. Shall not come into condemnation

Man is condemned to judgment. He that believeth not will still meet Jesus but it will be at the second judgment where only death awaits.

John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

This promise is sure; it is made by the Son of God, and there is no one that can pluck them out of his hand,

John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

V. But is passed from death unto life

Has passed over from a state of spiritual death to the life of the Christian. The word translated is passed would be better expressed by has passed. It implies that he has done it voluntarily; that none compelled him; and that the passage is made unto everlasting life. Because Christ is the author of this life in the soul, he is called the life

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week this gift is lying on the altar waiting for you to pick it up. The most precious, most important gift in your life and sadly, many people will not take the time or make the effort to accept it.


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