John 12.47-48 cont.
47 and if anyone should hear My words and not keep them, I do not judge him, for I did not come in order to judge the world, but that I might save the world.
48 The person who ignores Me and does not receive My words he has one who judges him; the word which I spoke will judge him on the last day.
Jesus clearly tells us that the ones who ignore His word will be judged by the very words that He has spoken.
Where do we find His words? It is in the pages of the Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Therefore, it is extremely important for us to get to know the words that Jesus has spoken to us, particularly in the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
I am so grateful that when I first received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour I was directed to complete a short Bible Study, which gave me a very firm foundation of the words of Jesus.
That teaching has stood me in good stead for over 50 years. (I have to say that I was not that literate when I did that Bible Study, but no doubt it aided my literacy. It also left me with a hunger for knowing and learning more of the words of Jesus.)
There are a number of reasons that God gives to us that tell us of the benefits of accepting the words of Jesus.
- We avoid judgement.
- His word makes us wise: Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise – Colossians 3.16 (NLT)
- His word helps us in our battle against sin: I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You – Psalm 119.11 (NLT).
- They give us the assurance of answered prayer: But if you stay joined to Me and My words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! – John 15.7 (NLT).
- His words keep us in fellowship with the Father and Jesus: What you heard from the beginning, let it remain in you; if you remain in what you heard from the beginning, you also will remain in the Son and the Father – 1 John 2.24.
There are many other benefits from knowing and accepting the words of Jesus.
In modern language it’s a ‘no brainer’.