John 5:24 Crossing over from death to life
Joh 5:24 [NIV] "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
I would like your thoughts on the implications of this verse. Jesus is speaking to Jewish leaders who are none to happy about him doing work on the Sabbath, and calling God his Father.
As I read this, it seems Jesus is saying that with faith one crosses over from death to eternal life. This suggests that prior to being born again, we are spiritually dead. Before one is born again, one is not really dead, one simply does not exist. Is there a difference? Does this mean that when one is saved one becomes spiritually alive? Are there other verses that could edify this? Verses that talk about spiritual death, or non-existence, prior to being saved?
To preserve the government we must also preserve morals. Morality rests on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall. When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nullity and constitutions are waste paper. Daniel Webster, 4th of July, 1800, Oration at Hanover, N.H.