Apprehended by Faith

epoxy glue

Have you ever thought of your faith as a rugged trapper living in Alaska? There is a fascinating footnote in the 1599 Geneva Study Bible (yes, there was a study Bible back then). The footnote is in reference to John 5:24. Here’s the footnote:

The Father is not worshipped except by his Son’s word apprehended by faith, which is the only way that leads to eternal life.

Geneva Study Bible

Anyone can hear the words of Jesus without receiving eternal life. Only when Christ’s words are seized by our faith do we acquire eternal life. It’s like epoxy glue; it requires two parts. Bonding ourselves to God’s eternal life requires the grace of Christ’s message and our faith in God.

““I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”

John 5:24

By Taktoa – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, accessed on July 7, 2022


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