John 5:24 – 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.

What a powerful promise Jesus gave to those listening to His teaching. The disciples came to realize that only Jesus had the words of eternal life. “Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.’ Jesus answered them, ‘Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is a devil?’” It is God’s will that all would come to repentance (John 6:68). Judas’ heart was set against receiving the “words of eternal life.” His will was fully committed to his self-interests. Jesus carried the words of eternal life even for someone like Judas, but Judas would not hear.

In Christ, as a result of the cross, the penalty of sin has been addressed. Paul taught the Roman church that, “the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The biggest choice in this life is to choose between eternal “death” and eternal life.” Christ paid the penalty for sin, once and for all. We now must choose to trust and follow Him or continue on the path that leads to death and separation from God. “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh” (Hebrews 10:19-21). It took the blood of Jesus to deliver us from the penalty of sin, which is death and separation from the Eternal One. “If we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

God the Father has provided deliverance from sin’s penalty. Jesus freely offered His blood as the redemption price. The Holy Spirit applies the blood of Jesus to a repentant soul, giving us a right standing before God in our spirit. No longer will the penalty of sin affect us. “I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds” (Revelation 20:11-12).

If you are a believer in the redemptive work of God through Christ, rejoice that your name is written in the Book of Life. The penalty of sin was paid on your behalf. There is no second death in your future. The penalty for sin was paid, which is the starting point for an overcoming life through the Lord Jesus Christ.