“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” (John 5:24).
The question I have never been able to resolve is why so many confessing believers are characterized by a kind of clinical coldness, melancholia, and anxiety. The preoccupation with not “messing up” has filled their heart with fear and stolen away what is to be the joyful chase of eternal life. They are all effort and no victory. If the decree of God’s word is that you have passed from death into life, it’s time to start living.