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Again, in John vi. 40, 47, he makes the same declaration in the following clear-cut sentences:
" And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life. . . .
" Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life."
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life."1
" I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
" And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."3
Other passages might be quoted to the same effect, but these must suffice.
The question now is, Did Jesus mean just what he said ; or were these idle words, having no significance taken in their literal sense ? Jesus was not in the habit of uttering idle words, or of making statements that did not contain the elements of eternal truth. If these are exceptions, they are the only ones recorded in his history. I hold that they are not exceptions, but that they are authoritative statements of a literal scientific truth.
I have already shown that in formulating the doctrine of faith as the essential condition prerequisite to successful healing, he gave utterance to a scientific principle which it has taken nineteen hundred years for the world to understand and appreciate. It is equally true that, in formulating the proposition that belief is the essential prerequisite to the attainment of immortality, he gave words to a scientific principle of far greater importance than the other.
I am aware that one portion of the Christian Church believes that by the words " eternal life " Jesus meant that reward in heaven which is promised to the just, and that by
John v. 24.
2 John xi. 25, 26.