He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life…
Faith in Jesus is the only way of salvation, and if I will not walk in that way, there is no other. Our Lord's teaching leaves us no room to hope for the salvation of unbelievers. "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved"; but what of those who do not believe? May they not be sincerely mistaken? May they not be very good people after all, and be saved in their own way? Our Lord's reply is sharp, clear, and decisive, "He that believeth not shall be damned." He hath nothing else for them but that. Christ is too great and too honest to court popularity, as many do nowadays, by an affectation that right and wrong are much the same. The wicked charity of this age sickens us with its deceptive cant, as it whines out, "It will little matter what you believe; nothing nowadays is of very great consequence; believe what you like, and it shall be all right in the long run." Nay, but according to the gospel of Jesus you must believe the truth, and' have faith in the power of the truth, for a lie will not regenerate you, a lie will not fit you to see the face of God, a lie will not conduct you to heaven, but only that truth which hath the stamp and seal of God and of His Holy Spirit.
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.