Just because a person is breathing does not mean he/she is alive.
John 5:25 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
Take a moment to read our Text for Today once more. Having done so, we need to realize that the reference to “the dead” in this verse has nothing to do with physical death. That will be addressed in John 5:28. “The dead” to which this verse refers are those who are spiritually dead; that is, any person who is NOT BORN AGAIN. Note closely the time frame referenced by the Lord. “The hour is coming, and now is.” Jesus is referring to a work in which He was actively engaged, as well as the work in which you and I should be actively engaged. The work in which Jesus was actively engaged was in bringing covenant truth to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Those were the people of Israel who, having covenant, knew NOThow to walk in it, or knowing, chose NOT to walk in it. That is the hour that “now is.”
But following His death, burial, resurrection, ascending, and enthroning, the New Covenant would be fully vested, not just for the lost sheep of the house of Israel, but to “whosever will,” and that included the Gentile, too. That was the hour of which Jesus said it “is coming.” That was the “hour” that began on the day of Pentecost when the church became a vested entity in the earth, and that same “hour” continues into the very seconds in which you and I live, and will continue until the coming of Jesus for His church.
The work of revealing the kingdom TO those in darkness, bringing TO them the message of reconciliation, and exercising our faith IN God’s promise to bring life to those who will hear, is today our primary work as sons and daughters of God. Just as Father gave Adam and Eve a primary command to “be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth,” so we have a primary command to do the same thing by going into all the world and preaching the Gospel to every creature. We speak, giving voice to the Word of God, Father is responsible to make sure our speaking is heard, and when our speaking gives voice to God’s Word, those who “hear shall live.” That’s the Lord’s promise, and He will not fail to hasten His Word to perform it.
Manna for Today – John 5:19-29; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 10:6-17; Matthew 11:5; 13:9 & 43; Mark 4:9 & 23; Mark 7:16; Luke 8:8; Luke 14:35