He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
Eternal life is gained by believing in Jesus, and then repenting of our sinful lives. Who refuses to believe in the Son of God, he will not receive the forgiveness and mercy of the Father. Refusing to believe in Jesus is equivalent to rejecting grace and when we do that, we fall under the law that it always will find us guilty. As guilty of sin against a holy and righteous God, justice will be upon us applying ourselves the corresponding death sentence according to our iniquities.
The American preacher Paul Washer (1961- ) said: “The gospel is no salvation for everyone, but salvation for those who believe. For others it’s a death sentence.” The words of Washer can be clearly explained in the light of John 3:36. Whoever believes in Jesus Christ has salvation and eternal life. However, the rest of humanity who wants to remain without believing in the Son, as John 3:36 says, will not see life will be reached by the wrath of God’s judgment.
Keep in mind that believing in Jesus is the requirement to be touched by grace, be forgiven and receive everlasting life. And grace is the very essence of the gospel. Rejecting Christ’s grace is to reject and ignore the gospel. When rejecting the good news of salvation, we will rely on the works of the law, which not only leads to curse as Galatians 3:10 says, but we always will be found guilty and deserving of punishment for sin, which is the death penalty.
I think it should be something transcendental pay attention to what will happen to us after we leave this world. The English preacher Thomas Manton (1620-1677) said: “The main concern of a man should be at that place where lives longer; therefore eternity should be your concern.” We were not born to endure on Earth, but when our days on this planet conclude, that’s when eternity begins and there are only two available paths: life or death.
If we really liked as we lived in this world, I think it would be wise to ensure that we worry about life for eternity. Not surprisingly, the great English preacher Charles Spurgeon said: “Time is short. Eternity is long. It is reasonable to live this short life in light of eternity.” Eternity should be our highest priority. The Lord makes it very clear in Mark 8:36: For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
Not worth living this life focused on accumulating wealth or be satisfied with pleasure. Even it is not so important to seek to enjoy life and be happy. It is not true what many people out there say that the only thing we get to die is what we enjoy. Nor we take the riches or our loved ones, no feeling, no satisfaction, no achievements. What really we are taking with us is the visa to heaven or to hell. Everything else stays here in the hands of those others.
What you choose as your final destination, heaven or hell? Heaven means eternal life; hell is synonymous with perpetual death. Your decision should take while you breathe, no one can do for you and when you die, and have missed the opportunity to change his mind. Believing in Jesus is the difference between life and death. Make up your mind! God bless you.