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John 3:35-36 - Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son...

NIV The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him.
KJV The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 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 abideth on him.
NASB The Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand. "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
John 3:35-36


This is one of the clearest verses in all the Bible on how a person can be saved. It is simply by believing in the Son. As we read this verse, we should realize that God is speaking. He is making a promise that can never be broken. He says, clearly and distinctly, that anyone who believes in His Son has everlasting life. To accept this promise is not a leap in the dark. It is simply believing what could not possibly be false. Those who do not obey the Son of God shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on them already. From this verse we learn that our eternal destiny depends on what we do with the Son of God. If we receive Him, God gives us eternal life as a free gift. If we reject Him, we will never enjoy everlasting life, and not only so, but God's wrath already hangs over us, ready to fall at any moment.

Notice that there is nothing in this verse about keeping the law, obeying the Golden Rule, going to church, doing the best we can, or working our way to heaven.

MacDonald, W., & Farstad, A. (1997, c1995). Believer's Bible Commentary : Old and New Testaments (Jn 3:36). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.


Lois said...

I must note here that although this passage states we must believe, believing entails doing what Jesus says if we believe on Him. We cannot believe that he is Jesus, the Son of God, and continue living a life of sinful ways. Other passages go on to further explain how to show our belief in Jesus by doing what He says to do.

Lois said...

I feel a note should be made to this comment. Jesus has said if we believe on Him, we will do his commands. If we believe, we will follow other passages in God's Word to let us know what those commands are. We simply cannot believe and continue to live our sinful ways.

Anonymous said...

i love how the gift of eternal life is free... no matter how much we do not deserve it GOd loves us so much that he offered his son to die on the cross to be the payment for all the sin in our lives all wa have to do is believe I LOVE IT!!!! thank you Jesus