Commentary on John 3:36 — How to Believe in the Son to Gain Eternal Life

1. The Lord Jesus Didn’t Bestow the Way of Eternal Life Upon Man

The Lord Jesus said: “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life.”(John 3:36). “[T]he water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” Undeniably, these words of the Lord are truths. If we give it careful thought, we can understand their true meaning. Actually, the Lord said these words to testify to the fact that He is God Himself and has the way of eternal life. And only those who believe in Christ can attain life and God’s salvation. God reveals the mystery that Christ is the only way to eternal life, so that we can understand that only Christ can give man the way of eternal life and then can follow Christ. This is not to say that man can receive eternal life upon accepting the Lord Jesus’ way. We can understand this through the Lord Jesus’ words and work. The Lord Jesus said: “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47). “For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). Through these verses we can know that the Lord Jesus brought the way of repentance and did the work of redemption. At that time, the Lord Jesus taught man to confess his sins and repent, to love his enemies, to love others as himself, to forsake house, parents, brothers, and wife, to bear the cross to follow the Lord, and so forth. In addition, the Lord bestowed on man an abundance of grace, healed the sick and cast out demons, made five loaves and two fish enough to fill five thousand people, etc. Finally, He was crucified for the sake of redeeming mankind. As long as people practice according to the Lord’s words, they won’t be convicted and executed by the law, and so they are qualified to pray to God, enjoy His grace and blessings, and receive peace and joy from Him.

2. How Should We Believe in the Son So That We Can Obtain Eternal Life?

At this point, perhaps some people are confused: The Lord Jesus said plainly, “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life.” Is the Lord Jesus not the Son of man? Why is it that we cannot obtain eternal life just by believing in the Lord Jesus? With regards to this question, let’s look at several Bible verses. The Lord Jesus said: “Be you therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour when you think not” (Luke 12:40). “For as the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines to the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in His day. But first must He suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation” (Luke 17:24–25). The Lord Jesus told us that the Son of man will come in the last days and will suffer many things and be rejected. The words “the Son of man” mean that when the Lord returns He will be incarnated in the flesh. Only the incarnate God who appears among mankind can be called the Son of man. If it were the spiritual body of the resurrected Lord Jesus appearing to mankind, He couldn’t be called the Son of man. In addition, people would feel afraid at the sight of the spiritual body and no one would dare resist Him. If so, He wouldn’t suffer many things.

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Mary

Hey, I'm Mary. I’m pursuing to be a devout christian. May God bless us! May we all treat our life with God’s Words. Amen!