“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes” (John 5:21).The tense of the Greek word for “raises,” in the above verse, is present active! It is not has raised or will raise at some point in the future (although this is true). This verse states that God is right now raising the dead, bringing them to life, causing them to move on.
In the beginning, God had warned, “In the day that you eat from [the tree] you will surely die” (Genesis 2:17). On that day, they should have died. But, we have a Savior who is, “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8).
“After the fall, Christ became Adam’s instructor. He acted in God’s stead toward humanity, saving the race from immediate death” (White, Signs of the Times, May 29, 1901).
“This was the position of the human race after man divorced himself from God by transgression. Then, he was no longer entitled to a breath of air, a ray of sunshine, or a particle of food. And the reason why man was not annihilated was because God so loved him that He made the gift of His dear Son . . .” (White, 1888 Materials, p. 814).
But this does not apply only to Adam and Eve. Have you sinned, dear reader? Then Christ has been saving you, too, every moment of your life, from “immediate death.” We should all be dead right now, but we serve a God who is “right now” raising you and causing you to live on. “As our Mediator, Christ works incessantly. Whether men receive or reject Him, He works earnestly for them. He grants them life and light, striving by His Spirit to win them from Satan’s service” (White, Review and Herald, March 12, 1901, par. 5).
God is giving you life, today, dear reader. Some theologians may ask, “Yes, but what type of life is it, eternal or temporary?” Listen carefully. God has given you life. Life! You determine, by your acceptance or rejection of this gift , whether it is eternal or temporary. Why don’t you take time this week to say, “Thank you,” and make His gift of life for keeps, eternal. Nothing would make Him happier than for you to decide to keep it forever.