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The Source of Eternal Life

John 5:39-40

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You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

John 5:39-40 NIV

In Jesus’ day, and throughout much of Jewish and Christian history, the Scriptures have had an important role. Many have devoted themselves to learning what they teach and striving to follow its commands. Unfortunately, many of them have understood that their eternal relationship with God was based on knowing and obeying the Scriptures.

There is no denying that the Scriptures are important. Most of what we know of God and his purposes in creation is through his self-revelation in the pages of the Bible. The study of the Scripture is important. And it is something that all believers should be committed to. But Jesus’ words in this passage are a warning to us that we should take seriously.

The Only Source of Eternal Life

Memorizing the Scriptures will not result in eternal life. Having correct beliefs about what the Scripture teaches will not produce eternal life. Neither will following all the commands found in the Scripture. As Jesus said, eternal life itself is not found in the Scripture.

Instead, the Scripture points us to Jesus, the true source of eternal life. Eternal life is only found in a personal relationship with him. Correct beliefs and actions are good and something we should strive for. But they should never be a substitute for a living and growing relationship with the triune God: Father, Son, and Spirit.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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