He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life…
A young man went to hear Mr. Whitefield, who took the above passage for his text. "Mr. Whitefield," said the young man, "described the Sadducees' character; this did not touch me — I thought myself as good a Christian as any man in England. From this he went to that of the Pharisees. He described their exterior decency, but observed that the poison of hypocrisy rankled in their hearts. This rather shook me. At length, in the course of his sermon, he abruptly broke off, paused for a few moments, then burst into a flood of tears, lifted up his eyes and hands and exclaimed, 'My hearers! the wrath to come! the wrath to come!' These words sank into my heart, like lead in the waters. I wept, and when the sermon ended, retired alone. For days and weeks I could think of nothing else. Those awful words would follow me wherever I went. 'The wrath to come! the wrath to come!'" The result was that the young man soon after made a public profession of religion, and in a short time became an eminent preacher.
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.