Jn 6:24

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. [1]

Three elements: Jesus, hearing his word, and believing in the Father.  While Jesus continually identifies Himself with the Father, [Jn 10:30; 14:8; 17:21] He always defers to the Father.  It is the Father in whom we must believe.  It is the Father whose words He speaks: I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.[Jn 12:49]

And the promise is two-fold: A person who hears Jesus and believes (a) has eternal life and (b) avoids condemnation but passes directly from death to life, passing Go(d) and collecting eternal rewards.

Is this an example of the Hebraic poetic pension for repetition of the same thought in different words or is there something more here?  Even the Psalmic repetitions throw light on one another.

Eternal life is evidenced by coming, hearing and believing; these constitute eternal life.  These acts are the recognition and acceptance of repentance and salvation, the “be it done unto me according to Your word…not my will but Yours be done.” [Lk 1:38; 22:42]

Condemnation, on the other hand, is the result of recognition and rejection of repentance and salvation.  It is the result of a conscious, a “known with” full awareness, act of the will.  It is not an imposition of an external judgment, but the inevitable result of an internal decision.  We condemn, we act “with harm” against, ourselves.

By the conscious act of choosing to hear and believe, the condemnation which we had incurred through the choice, the willed act, of our first parents, and which we had continued to choose in each sin we committed, by rejecting those decisions, i.e. repenting, “being sorry again,” Jesus looks around and asks Has no one condemned you including yourself? Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin any more.” [Jn 8:10-11] We dodged the bullet, we were dead and now live; we have resurrected…mini-wise in anticipation of the general resurrection, we have passed from death to life.  Amen.  Alleluia!!!

[1] Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

“He was in the beginning with God.” Jn 1:2

6/26/13

“He was in the beginning with God.” Jn 1:2  An innocuous repetition or a new revelation?..The Spirit does not waste words. “He” has two referents: the stated, the Word, and the implied, Jesus, the Christ. The purpose of this sentence, then, is to bring the reader/listener to the realization that the Word to which John was referring in the first, seemingly repetitive sentence but really is a three layer revelation: The Word existed from the Beginning, was therefore with God, and was not only with Him, but in the mystery of the Trinity, was one in BEING, was God, plus the realization that this Word was not only God but simultaneously Jesus, the Christ. This “seemingly” totally human person was also and most importantly totally Divine, was the Word, was God, was with God in the beginning.

Why did the Son of God become Jesus: to do, to be what neither God nor Man could do separately: Be totally and completely obedient to the Father. This required complete knowledge of the Father’s will, not filtered, not discerned, not “through a glass, darkly,” but immediate, continuous, fully comprehended. It also required complete submission to that will: absolute acceptance with perfect understanding of the implications, consequences, ramifications and all possible, probable and implied outcomes of such commitment. Only God could completely comprehend God’s will for only God could completely encompass the mind of God.

Only man could be completely submissive to God’s will for only man is a creature totally dependent on God, yet totally free. The Son is not totally dependent on God, but is God. “I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me.” Jn 6:38 “My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to finish his work.” Jn 4:34

And what is that will: “And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it [on] the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him [on] the last day.” Jn 6: 39-40. Luke puts it more graphically: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” Lk 12:49 Amen. Alleluia!!!