Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 1, 2019

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”

Today’s devotion comes from John 11:16-27.  Here is a link to this Scripture  –  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+11&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.  Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”  Jesus *said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha *said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life;  he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  She *said to Him, “Yes, Lord;  I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”  John 11:21-27.

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There are two senses of fulfillment to the Scripture (“he who believes in Me will live even if he dies”).  First, there was fulfillment of it when Jesus literally raised Lazarus’ natural (earthly) body from the dead.  This was unexpected by Martha.  Second, there will be fulfillment of it by those believers who, although their earthly body may die and remain dead, their spiritual body will live.  “it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body….”  1 Corinthians 15:44.  See also 1 Corinthians 15:12-55.  This was expected by Martha who said to Jesus:  “I know that he (Lazarus) will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Verse 24.

There is fulfillment to the Scripture (“everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die”) by the fact that every believer has eternal life in the present tense.  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”  John 5:24.


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