Keeping His Word to Do not See Death

Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.

John 8:51

When a person reads what John 8:51 says, and his heart is one that puts everything in doubt, he can think that this is impossible. Jesus said, Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death. An unbeliever thinks that death is inevitable and that it would be useless to follow what this Bible verse says because certainly all will see death. But we must take into account that the author of the words written in John 8:51 is the author of life.

The words of Jesus are mentioned in the Bible, especially in the four Gospels, at the beginning of the book of Acts of the Apostles and Revelation. I recommend you look those books in your Bible and read what the Lord said. In many Bibles, Jesus’ words are written in red letters, so it is very easy to distinguish what He says from what others said or the narrative of who has written the book. Remember that, according to John 8:51, by keeping His word you will not see death.

You might ask how is it possible that I do not see death if I keep the word of Jesus? Let’s see what the Lord says in John 6:51: I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world. Jesus, living bread, bread of life, the manna from heaven, offers His own flesh as food to give us the opportunity to live forever. That’s the same as saying you will not see death.

Now it is time to stop and clarify something about “eating” the flesh of Jesus Christ. Eat a piece of bread in a religious ceremony and call the flesh or the body of Christ is not to keep the word of God written in John 6:51. We act in any way that assures us that we will live forever. Jesus stated in Luke 22:19 that eating bread in the holy supper is to remember His memory. That repeats Scripture in 1 Corinthians 11:24. In addition, the sacrifice of Jesus is unique and unrepeatable, which is testified in Hebrews 10:10-12.

In John 8:23-24 says the Lord: He said to them: And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.” Those words were addressed to the Jews two thousand years ago; but its effect is as current as the day they were spoken. Every man and every woman, regardless of race, national origin or religious belief is from below of this world and he or she is doomed to die in his or her sin unless he or she believes in Jesus Christ.

One of the best known verses in the Bible is John 14:6: Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. He alone leads us directly to eternal life with the Father; there is no possible way that prevents us from seeing eternal death. Again, the Lord reaffirmed in John 10:9: I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

There may be many doors, but only one leads to salvation. That door is the Lord Jesus Christ, keep His word, believe in everything He says because His word is true and abundant life. What are you waiting to take the step of entrusting your life to who gave His in exchange for your salvation? God bless you.

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Guardando Su Palabra para no Ver Muerte

De cierto, de cierto os digo, que el que guarda mi palabra, nunca verá muerte.

Juan 8:51

Cuando una persona lee lo que dice Juan 8:51, y su corazón es uno que todo lo pone en duda, podrá pensar que eso es imposible. Jesús dice: De cierto, de cierto os digo, que el que guarda mi palabra, nunca verá muerte. Un incrédulo pensaría que la muerte es inevitable y que sería inútil seguir lo que dice este versículo bíblico porque ciertamente todos veremos la muerte. Pero hay que tomar en cuenta que el autor de las palabras escritas en Juan 8:51 es el mismo autor de la vida.

Las palabras de Jesús están citadas en la Biblia, principalmente en los cuatro evangelios, al inicio del libro de los Hechos de los Apóstoles y en Apocalipsis. Te recomiendo que busques esos libros en tu Biblia y leas lo que dijo el Señor. En muchas biblias, las palabras de Jesús están escritas en letras rojas, de esta manera, es muy fácil de distinguir lo que Él dice de lo que otras personas dijeron o de la narración de quien haya escrito el libro. Recuerda que, de acuerdo a Juan 8:51, guardar Su palabra no te hará ver la muerte.

Te podrás preguntar ¿de qué manera será posible que yo no vea muerte si guardo la palabra de Jesús? Veamos lo que dice el Señor en Juan 6:51: Yo soy el pan vivo que descendió del cielo; si alguno comiere de este pan, vivirá para siempre; y el pan que yo daré es mi carne, la cual yo daré por la vida del mundo. Jesús, como pan vivo, pan de vida, el maná del cielo, ofrece Su propia carne como alimento para darnos la oportunidad de vivir para siempre. Eso es lo mismo que decir que no verá muerte.

Ahora bien, es preciso detenernos a aclarar algo con respecto a “comer” la carne de Jesucristo. Comer un pedazo de pan en una ceremonia religiosa y llamarle la carne o el cuerpo de Cristo no es guardar la palabra del Señor escrita en Juan 6:51. De ninguna manera ese acto nos garantiza que viviremos para siempre. Jesús estableció en Lucas 22:19 que comer el pan es la santa cena es para recordar Su memoria. Eso lo repite la Escritura en 1 Corintios 11:24. Además, el sacrificio de Jesús es único e irrepetible, lo cual está testificado en Hebreos 10:10-12.

En Juan 8:23-24 dice el Señor: Y les dijo: Vosotros sois de abajo, yo soy de arriba; vosotros sois de este mundo, yo no soy de este mundo. Por eso os dije que moriréis en vuestros pecados; porque si no creéis que yo soy, en vuestros pecados moriréis. Esas palabras fueron dirigidas a los judíos hace dos mil años; pero su vigencia es tan actual como el día que fueron pronunciadas. Cada hombre y cada mujer, sin importar su raza, origen nacional o creencia religiosa es de abajo, de este mundo y está condenado a morir en su pecado a menos que crea en Jesucristo.

Uno de los versículos más conocidos de la Biblia es Juan 14:6: Jesús le dijo: Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida; nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí. Solo Él nos conduce directamente hacia la vida eterna junto al Padre, no hay otra vía posible que nos evite ver la muerte eterna. Otra vez, el Señor lo reafirma en Juan 10:9: Yo soy la puerta; el que por mí entrare, será salvo; y entrará, y saldrá, y hallará pastos.

Podrán existir numerosas puertas, pero solo una nos conduce hacia la salvación. Esa puerta es el Señor Jesucristo, guardemos Su palabra, creamos en todo lo que Él dice porque Su palabra es verdad y es vida abundante. ¿Qué estás esperando para dar el paso de confiarle tu vida a quien dio la suya a cambio de tu salvación? Dios te bendiga.

We Will Have the Light of Life

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 8:12

Walking in the darkness is something that can cause us serious problems. The darkness prevents us from seeing objects that are around us and that would take us to stumble and even fall and get hit. In addition, in the darkness we lose the sense of direction and that could lead us to the wrong place. Many walk blind and disoriented for life even in daylight. In John 8:12, Jesus tells us that whoever follows Him will never walk in darkness because He is the light of the world and the light of life.

Since its first chapter, the Gospel of John identifies Jesus as the light. John 1:4-5 says: In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John the Baptist testifies about the glow of light of Jesus, of which says John 1:6-9: There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

In John 9:5 the concept that Jesus is the light of the world repeats itself: As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. Here the Lord emphasizes that He was the light of the world while he was in the world. Does this mean that Jesus is not the light of the world now? No way, because in Matthew 5:14 reveals the mystery: You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. As disciples and followers of Jesus Christ, we are now called to be the light of the world reflecting the light of life He is.

For us to be the light of the world, we must first receive Him who is the true light. When we reject Him, we miss the opportunity of eternal life and we carry condemnation. In John 3:19-21 we read: And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.

Jesus is the light and came to take out us from darkness, as Zechariah prophesied in Luke 1:79: To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. And Jesus himself affirms in John 12:46: I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. Every human being has lived a separate life from God by sin, which has plunged us into darkness. Only the light of Jesus can bring us out of darkness and lead us down the right path to God.

Jesus himself being the way that leads to the Father, He will lead us to God without stumbling. In John 11:9-10 we read:  Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” Let take advantage of the light, as John 12:35-36 tells us: Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them. God bless you.

Tendremos la Luz de la Vida

Otra vez Jesús les habló, diciendo: Yo soy la luz del mundo; el que me sigue, no andará en tinieblas, sino que tendrá la luz de la vida.

Juan 8:12

Caminar a oscuras es algo que nos puede causar serios problemas. La oscuridad nos impide ver los objetos que están alrededor de nosotros y eso nos llevaría a tropezar e incluso hasta caer y recibir golpes. Además, en la oscuridad perdemos el sentido de orientación y eso nos podría llevar al lugar equivocado. Muchos andan ciegos y desorientados por la vida aún a la luz del día. En Juan 8:12, Jesús nos dice que quien le sigue a Él nunca andará en tinieblas porque Él es la luz del mundo y la luz de la vida.

Desde su primer capítulo, el evangelio de Juan identifica a Jesús como la luz. Juan 1:4-5 dice lo siguiente: En él estaba la vida, y la vida era la luz de los hombres. La luz en las tinieblas resplandece, y las tinieblas no prevalecieron contra ella. Del resplandor de la luz de Jesús da testimonio Juan el Bautista, de lo cual dice Juan 1:6-9: Hubo un hombre enviado de Dios, el cual se llamaba Juan. Este vino por testimonio, para que diese testimonio de la luz, a fin de que todos creyesen por él. No era él la luz, sino para que diese testimonio de la luz.

En Juan 9:5 se repite el concepto de que Jesús es la luz del mundo: Entre tanto que estoy en el mundo, luz soy del mundo. Aquí el Señor destaca que Él era la luz del mundo mientras estuviera en el mundo. ¿Significa esto que ya Jesús no es la luz del mundo? De ninguna manera, porque en Mateo 5:14 nos revela el misterio: Vosotros sois la luz del mundo; una ciudad asentada sobre un monte no se puede esconder. Como discípulos y seguidores de Jesucristo, nosotros somos ahora los llamados a ser la luz del mundo reflejando la luz de la vida que es Él.

Para nosotros ser la luz del mundo, primero debemos recibirlo a Él quien es la luz verdadera. Cuando lo rechazamos perdemos la oportunidad de la vida eterna y acarreamos condenación. En Juan 3:19-21 leemos: Y esta es la condenación: que la luz vino al mundo, y los hombres amaron más las tinieblas que la luz, porque sus obras eran malas. Porque todo aquel que hace lo malo, aborrece la luz y no viene a la luz, para que sus obras no sean reprendidas. Mas el que practica la verdad viene a la luz, para que sea manifiesto que sus obras son hechas en Dios.

Jesús es la luz y vino para sacarnos de las tinieblas, tal como profetizó Zacarías en Lucas 1:79: Para dar luz a los que habitan en tinieblas y en sombra de muerte; para encaminar nuestros pies por camino de paz. Y lo reafirma el propio Jesús en Juan 12:46: Yo, la luz, he venido al mundo, para que todo aquel que cree en mí no permanezca en tinieblas. Cada ser humano ha vivido una vida separada de Dios por el pecado, el cual nos ha sumido en las tinieblas. Solo la luz de Jesús nos puede sacar de las tinieblas y llevarnos por el camino correcto hacia Dios.

Siendo Jesús mismo el camino que conduce al Padre, Él nos llevará sin tropezar hasta Dios. En Juan 11:9-10 leemos: Respondió Jesús: ¿No tiene el día doce horas? El que anda de día, no tropieza, porque ve la luz de este mundo; pero el que anda de noche, tropieza, porque no hay luz en él. Aprovechemos, pues la luz, como nos dice Juan 12:35-36: Entonces Jesús les dijo: Aún por un poco está la luz entre vosotros; andad entre tanto que tenéis luz, para que no os sorprendan las tinieblas; porque el que anda en tinieblas, no sabe a dónde va. Entre tanto que tenéis la luz, creed en la luz, para que seáis hijos de luz. Estas cosas habló Jesús, y se fue y se ocultó de ellos. Dios te bendiga.

 

Rivers of Living Water

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

John 7:38-39

Believing in Jesus brings many benefits. However, these benefits do not necessarily imply an earthly life of material abundance without problems. The great promises of Jesus to those who believe in Him are focused on eternity, but there are others we receive in this world. One is the promise in John 7:38: out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. The explanation of John 7:38 is in the next verse, i.e., John 7:39: But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Jesus promised that His disciples would receive the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:8 He said to them: But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. This promise was fulfilled in the disciples at Pentecost, but the Holy Spirit continued to be received by believers today. In Acts 2:4 says that the first believers in Jesus received the Holy Spirit: And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The rivers of living water ran inside the disciples gathered in the upper room of Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. The languages they spoke before many witnesses were the first outward manifestation of those rivers of living water. Another manifestation of the rivers of water of life is found in Acts 4:31: And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. Under the power of the Holy Spirit, the disciples were able to preach the gospel without fear but full of courage.

And the Holy Spirit empowers us to preach, as says 1 Peter 1:12: To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us[a] they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which angels desire to look into. Knowing this truth should be sufficient reason to preach the gospel to every creature as we have been commissioned. The Holy Spirit gives us power to witness and who gives conviction of sin that we hear preach.

Another tangible manifestation of the rivers of water of life is prophecy. In Acts 19:6 says: And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. In 2 Peter 1:21 again the intervention of the Holy Spirit in prophecy is emphasized:  for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God[a]spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

The gifts of the Spirit are those rivers of living water that run inside those who believe in Jesus. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 lists them: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healings, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, and the interpretation of tongues. If you have believed, then these rivers should flow from you. God bless you.

Ríos de Agua Viva

El que cree en mí, como dice la Escritura, de su interior correrán ríos de agua viva. Esto dijo del Espíritu que habían de recibir los que creyesen en él; pues aún no había venido el Espíritu Santo, porque Jesús no había sido aún glorificado.

Juan 7:38-39

Creer en Jesús trae consigo muchos beneficios. Sin embargo, esos beneficios  no necesariamente implican una vida terrenal de abundancias materiales y sin problemas. Las grandes promesas de Jesús a los que creen en Él están enfocadas hacia la eternidad, aunque también hay otras que recibiremos en este mundo. Una de ellas es la promesa contenida en Juan 7:38: de su interior correrán ríos de agua viva. La explicación de Juan 7:38 se encuentra en el siguiente versículo, es decir, Juan 7:39: Esto dijo del Espíritu que habían de recibir los que creyesen en él; pues aún no había venido el Espíritu Santo, porque Jesús no había sido aún glorificado.

Jesús prometió que Sus discípulos recibirían el Espíritu Santo. En Hechos 1:8 les dijo: pero recibiréis poder, cuando haya venido sobre vosotros el Espíritu Santo, y me seréis testigos en Jerusalén, en toda Judea, en Samaria, y hasta lo último de la tierra. Tal promesa se cumplió en los discípulos el día de Pentecostés, pero el Espíritu Santo continuó siendo recibido por los creyentes hasta hoy. En Hechos 2:4 se narra la primera vez que creyentes en Jesús recibieron el Espíritu Santo: Y fueron todos llenos del Espíritu Santo, y comenzaron a hablar en otras lenguas, según el Espíritu les daba que hablasen.

Los ríos de agua viva corrieron del interior de los discípulos reunidos en el aposento alto de Jerusalén el día de Pentecostés. La primera manifestación exterior de esos ríos de agua viva fueron las lenguas que hablaron ante numerosos testigos. Otra manifestación de los ríos de agua de vida la encontramos en Hechos 4:31: Cuando hubieron orado, el lugar en que estaban congregados tembló; y todos fueron llenos del Espíritu Santo, y hablaban con denuedo la palabra de Dios. Bajo el poder del Espíritu Santo, los discípulos fueron capaces de predicar el evangelio sin temor sino llenos de valentía.

Y es que el Espíritu Santo nos fortalece para predicar, tal como nos dice 1 Pedro 1:12: A éstos se les reveló que no para sí mismos, sino para nosotros, administraban las cosas que ahora os son anunciadas por los que os han predicado el evangelio por el Espíritu Santo enviado del cielo; cosas en las cuales anhelan mirar los ángeles. Conocer esta verdad debe ser motivo suficiente para predicar el evangelio a toda criatura como nos ha sido comisionado. El Espíritu Santo nos da el poder para testificar y es quien da convicción de pecado al que nos escucha predicar.

Otra manifestación tangible de los ríos de agua de vida es la profecía. En Hechos 19:6 dice: Y habiéndoles impuesto Pablo las manos, vino sobre ellos el Espíritu Santo; y hablaban en lenguas, y profetizaban. En 2 Pedro 1:21 otra vez se enfatiza la intervención del Espíritu Santo en la profecía: porque nunca la profecía fue traída por voluntad humana, sino que los santos hombres de Dios hablaron siendo inspirados por el Espíritu Santo.

Los dones del Espíritu son esos ríos de agua de vida que correrán del interior de los que han creído en Jesús. 1 Corintios 12:4-11 los enumera: palabra de sabiduría, palabra de ciencia, fe, sanidades, hacer milagros, profecía, discernimiento de espíritus, diversos géneros de lenguas e interpretación de lenguas. Si has creído, ya esos ríos deberían brotar de ti. Dios te bendiga.

We Will Be Never Thirsty

Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 4:13-14

Water is the most important chemical in the universe. This compound composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom is essential for the life of all beings that inhabit our planet. Neither plants nor animals nor humans could survive long without water. One of the main manifestations of the lack of water is thirst. Our body gives us the sign that we need water through thirst. In John 4:13-14, the Lord promises to give us water from a source that will remove our thirst forever.

If we take the argument, which says John 4:13-14 seems impossible that happen. How can you stop being thirsty? For human beings this is impossible because if we drink water, we calmed down when thirst; but after a while we will be thirsty. But it is necessary that we realize whose words said John 4:13-14, and that person is none other than the one whom John 1:1-3 calls the Word: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

Based on the writing at the beginning of the gospel of John, Jesus is God, therefore, He has all the attributes of divinity and His power allows Him to give us this water that will remove us forever thirst. In Revelation 21:6, the Lord Himself speaks saying: And He said to me, “It is done![a] I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. The water of eternal life that Jesus offers is free, it is not something for which we will pay another price than the approach Him with faith, believing in Him and our thirst will be quenched forever.

Given that this water Jesus offers us is able to take away our thirst forever and give us eternal life; its value must be incalculable. But where does this water come from? The answer is found in Revelation 22:1: And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. Water of life that comes from God Himself and, certainly, its value is incalculable; it cost the whole blood of the Lamb.

The best known verse of the Bible, John 3:16, gives us a light on what or who is the living water that removes thirst forever us: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. The source of water welling up to eternal life is Jesus Himself, because He and He alone is the source of salvation, the source of our justification by faith, which we receive for free.

Every human being has turned away from God and has built their own way to quench their thirst. It is written in Jeremiah 2:13: For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water. Let’s leave behind the broken cisterns and drink the water of life that gives us Jesus Christ. God bless you.