Okay, well me and my best friend have been talking about this verse and she has one theory and I have another and we are just very confused, so hears the verse:
John 5:24 – I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over…
Jesus is speaking about those who were once spiritually dead but who upon hearing his words put faith in him and discontinue walking in their sinful course. They ‘pass over from death to life’ in that the condemnation of death is lifted from them, and they are given the hope of everlasting life because of their faith in God.
Read these scriptures and it will tell you if once saved always saved.
Jude 5, RS: “I desire to remind you, though you were once for all fully informed, that he who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.”
Matt. 24:13, RS: “He who endures to the end will be saved.” (So a person’s final salvation is not determined at the moment that he begins to put faith in Jesus.)
Phil. 2:12, RS: “As you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” (This was addressed to “the saints,” or holy ones, at Philippi, as stated in Philippians 1:1. Paul urged them not to be overly confident but to realize that their final salvation was not yet assured.)
Heb. 10:26, 27, RS: “If we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries.” (Thus the Bible does not go along with the idea that no matter what sins a person may commit after he is “saved” he will not lose his salvation. It encourages faithfulness. See also Hebrews 6:4-6, where it is shown that even a person anointed with holy spirit can lose his hope of salvation.)
I think it could mean if you believe in both the son and the father, I believe that Jesus chose you and not the other way round, this is a life long gift between you and your father that was made before you was born. your father knows everything about you and your birth was no accident despite you are going through now. It was him who choose your eye color, hair, height, and weight, he was there at your birth watching over you with great delight. I believe when you die you will go back where you came from and that is with Jesus and not hell.
Before the tribulation he will take the ones that it is too much for out of the world leaving the strong. and some of us will have died and some will be put to death, I read this chapter in the bible. I can not tell you if you will be spared from it but I can tell you that he will give you much much more strength.
Keep praying for the truth and get some christian books from the library and search the internet, the holy spirit will guide you.
This means that you are saved from going to hell. Now, when you read in 2 Thessalonians 2 you will see that there are ones who are spared the 7 years of tribulation. The only way to guarantee that is if you place Christ first in your life. Collosians 1:18 says that Jesus is to have the preeminence in every part of our lives. This means EVER PART of your life. Let Him judge your walk with Him now rather than waiting when things get really tough on the Christians. The message now shouldn’t be prosperity, faith healing, or even the grace message. The message now should be to Watch and Pray that you be accounted worthy to escape the things that are coming to this earth. The time is near and He is coming soon. Remember that salvation doesn’t guarantee you will escape those things. Only those who have prepared themselves and are walking uprightly with the Lord are going to be in the first fruit rapture. God Bless. 🙂
My friend, you are going to get a lot of answers with different thoughts on the Tribulation. The real answer is, no one is sure. Revelation is a hard book to understand, so let me start with some basics.
As a young Christian, I read Revelation and it scared the heck out of me! But as I grew older (and more mature in the faith), I’ve come to know these things.
1) God loves you. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
2) We must believe in Jesus Christ to be saved. (Romans 10:9 – 13)
3) Salvation is permanent. “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[d]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:28-30)
4) Jesus is always with you. “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
So, whether a Christian goes through the Tribulation or not, God is there. Personally, I think the Church will go through the Tribulation – in the history of God’s people, He always bring people ‘through’ trials and tribulations, He doesn’t prevent them. (Noah lived ‘through’ the flood in an ark.)
Hello young brother, I will try to be careful and not off the cuff on how I try and answer your question. First I believe that no one can believe in Jesus Christ or in the one who sent Him without God revealing this to that individual. I gathered this from the Gospel when Jesus answered his disciples on why he spoke in parables. He says, this is not word for word, “because they can be ever hearing and not hear and seeing but cannot see”. To some people out there, they can’t even mutter the word “Jesus is Lord”. I believe this to be true because in the bible it states that God cursed people and caused them to be deceived and believe a lie because they chose to follow there evil ways and not acknowledge and believe the Lord. I’m 37 years old and am a follower of Jesus Christ for over10 years now. I don’t claim to have it all figured out but I do strongly encourage any one I share with to seek God’s Word themselves and not to simply believe what I’m saying or what anyone for that matter, no matter if they are on t.v, the radio or well known. No where in the bible does it say we have to have a degree to read and/or speak the word.
Whoever hears Christ’s word, and believes God (the one who sent Christ) has eternal life. This is kind of like a spiritual resurrection. Because we are all dead in our trespasses. And God’s word makes us alive.
all of jesus teaching were under the old law ten comandments and people were save by beliving.jesus ushered in a new covenant at his death,and the new covenant is by grace,when we belive by faith in jesus finished work at the cross where he died to take away the sins of the whole world from the eyes of god,when we put our faith in this truth then jesus raises you to life,this is what salvation is all about life,we are all born into this world dead spiritualy and jesus is offering life to anyone thay will belive, read 1john5:11.13
Who are those ‘passing over from death to life’?
Jesus is speaking about those who were once spiritually dead but who upon hearing his words put faith in him and discontinue walking in their sinful course. They ‘pass over from death to life’ in that the condemnation of death is lifted from them, and they are given the hope of everlasting life because of their faith in God.—1 Pet. 4:3-6.
In the first century C.E., those who acted on Jesus’ words were rescued from the darkness of Satan’s world and came to life, as it were. They were declared righteous with a view to being joint heirs with him in his heavenly Kingdom. (Ephesians 1:1; 2:1, 4-7) Today, obeying Jesus’ words opens the way for many to be declared righteous with a view to surviving Armageddon and attaining perfect human life in the new world.—Revelation 21:1-4; compare James 2:21, 25.
You will be saved from Hell.
Theologians have debated whether or not the rapture will be before, during or at the end of the tribulation.
I would suggest that you concentrate on growing closer to God, so close that you are able to say what Paul said, that you are willing to suffer persecution for the sake of Christ. If you can say that, then it won’t matter to you when the rapture takes place because you will be intent on bringing the most glory to God as possible.
I wouldn’t worry a lot about it. Just do the best you can. Don’t worry about the 7 years, as most people know, you will always have some tribulation to deal with so just do the best you can always.