ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Religion and Philosophy»
  • Christianity, the Bible & Jesus

For God so Loved the World - John 3:16

Updated on March 2, 2014
John 3:16
John 3:16 | Source

John 3:16 Commercial

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

John 3:16 probably is one of the most recognized Bible verse in the Bible. It can be seen anywhere from placards at sporting events to a Super Bowl TV commercial. It is one of the first verses kids learn in church. I learned it in at church when I was little. It is a verse that is full of hope. Do you ever stop and dwell on what it means? For those of us who have memorized it, it is easy to recite with little or no thought to it. For anyone who does not, it sums up the Bible in a single verse. Let us take each section and spend some time digging deeper into it.

John 3:16 - Max Lucado

Source

Recommended Resource

Have you memorized John 3:16?

See results

For God so Loved the World

If you ask most people to describe God, they would say that He is a God of love. Step back and think about it at a deeper level, God loves everyone in the world whether they are white, black, red, yellow, blue, purple, etc. God’s love is colorblind. Take it a step further; God loves Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and even atheists. Does God love liars, adulterers, fornicators, homosexuals, murders, etc.? God loves everyone. Does that mean everyone is going to Heaven? No, it does not. Aside from being a God of love, God is holy. His holiness cannot stand to look upon even one sin. What does God classify as sin? Any word, thought, or deed that is contrary to God’s will, things like: lying, lust, adultery, greed, murder, theft, using God’s name in vain, etc. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Who has sinned? Every one of us has sinned. The Bible also says in Romans 3:12, “All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” What is the penalty for sin? “For the wages of sin is (eternal) death” Romans 6:23. Eternal death is another term for spending eternity in Hell without end.

That He Gave His Only Son

Romans 5:8 says,But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. God sent Jesus to be born of a virgin. Why is this important? Because sin is passed down through the seed of a man, so Jesus was not born with a sin nature as you and I have. He lived a sinless life, in other words, Jesus was perfect. He was severely whipped and beaten to a bloody pulp. The soldiers mocked him and put a crown of thorns on his head. They spit at him and struck him with their fists. Then they nailed him to a cross and crucified him. He hung there and died for your sins and mine. He could have come off that cross anytime he wanted to, but stayed there for you and me out of love and mercy. Darkness filled the land from noon until 3PM. God the Father turned His face away and for the first time the Godhead was out of fellowship. Jesus laid down his life for us and died. A Roman soldier thrust a spear in his side and blood and water flowed. His body was taken down and placed in a tomb. Three days later, he rose to life again.

That Whoever Believes in Him

Remember that God is a God of love, but He also is a God of justice and holiness. God’s nature cannot allow one sin to go unpunished. Also, remember that the penalty of sin is eternal death (Romans 6:23). You may be thinking that you are a good person and hopefully your good deeds will outweigh your bad deeds. The Bible says that are good deeds are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Our good deeds cannot cancel our sins. One sin equals a death sentence. God is just and must carry out justice.

God hates religion. Jesus attacked the religious leaders consistently for their hypocrisy. God wants a relationship with us. He longs to spend time with us. He thinks about us all day and all nightlong. Were His thoughts for you counted they would outnumber the grains of sand on a beach. How much does God love you? Enough to leave his throne and come to Earth as a baby and to live among us for 33 years. He experienced everything that we do. He laid down his life and was crucified for you and me. He stands at the door of your heart knocking. I pray that you will hear his voice and open the door and turn to him.

Will Not Perish But Have Eternal Life

This does not mean we will not die physically because if time stands we will all die. At death, the believer will go to be with God for eternity. The unbeliever will be judged and sent to hell for eternity.

John Piper - What is Heaven Like

Heaven

If you are a believer, this world will be the only hell that you will ever know. Heaven is so much more awesome than we can possibly imagine. No more pain, tears, hurts, sin, death, hunger, thirst, or fatigue. We will be made perfect and sinless. Everything will be made new including your body. The streets will be paved with gold. We will be reunited with loved ones who died in Christ. The best part is that we will be there with God Himself forever.

John MacArthur Talks about Hell

Hell

On the other hand, those who are not in Christ will be judged according to their sins. This world will be the only heaven that you know if you do not know Christ as your Savior. Jesus spoke often of a literal hell. I hear people joke about wanting to go to hell because that is where the fun will be. Hell will be worse than we can imagine. It is ultimate loneliness. Hell is a place of eternal suffering with no relief or end.

We Must Choose Our Destination

We must choose whether we will spend eternity in Heaven or in Hell. The Bible says that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. It all comes down to this: Bow now or bow later, either way you will bow. I urge you to bow to Jesus to day and receive him as your Lord and Savior.

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father but by me.” John 14:6

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12


What Must We do to be Saved?

Repent of our sins, that is, confess your sins to God and admit that you are a Savior. Receive Jesus as your Savior. If you would like to do that, pray a prayer like this:

Lord Jesus, I am sorry for all of my sins. I now turn away from them. Please come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. Save me I pray. Thank you for loving me so much to die on the cross for my sins. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer and meant it in your heart you will be saved! The links to the right are additional resources.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior?

See results

© 2012 Eric Cramer

Questions/Comments:

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      do ur church friends have the same problems with reading comprehension as u? First of all, eternal has meaning today, not in the scriptures and of course God the Father is "eternal or whatever". What I'm saying is God the Father while the creator of all including His Son, gave all power to the Son for the ages of the past and to come. At the end of the ages (ur eternity) Christ turns the kingdom over to the Father. Christ rules for the ages of the ages (the churches redundency of forevers). Sing handels messiah with me:

      And He (Christ) will rein for the aions of the aions (not forever and "chuckle" forever). If He has to reign forever then He will never win. So much for ur eternal argument.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      So God the Father is not eternal?

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      Of the ages to come. Christ is that God. Not God the Father.

      Ur redundant mesh of church teaching is eternally suffering.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      The same word in Romans 16:26 is used to describe God as the "Eternal God" as the word to describe eternal suffering in hell.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      Christ is decribed as the God of today, yesterday and the ages to come. I think i already covered this with u.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      Then God is not eternal because the same Greek word is used to describe God that way.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      There are more and more bibles translating aion as eon or aionion as age lasting. They r dropping the word hell and using using gehenna, unseen for hades and sheol. I don't have a list but u can check that for urself. Again, its greek usages tell the whole story and it obviously cannot mean eternal.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      Again, are you God? Just because you say something does not prove anything. You have translation after translation that properly translates eternal and then you have the concordant, which is the only one that is different. Step back for a minute. If we were reviewing the actual manuscripts and all of them were the same, but one, which should we believe? Obviously, we would trust the ones that are alike as being accurate.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      Strongs gets their funding from the same source as babylon the great. The churches. The fact that u don't c the flaws in the translation after being shown everything ive shown u proves ur blindness. God will show u n time.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      I have answered your question over and over again. You do now accept the proper translation of aionion. Stong's Concordance defines it as eternal, unending. (www.http://biblehub.com/greek/166.htm) In Romans 16:26, it is used to describe God as the "ETERNAL" God.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      And now God is everywhere? Veven in hell?

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      U didnt answer my questions because you can't. Perhaps u don't realize that the LOF is God. Too much meat 4 u?

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      separated from God means that they cannot come to God. The Presence of God is everywhere.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      Wrong. Imortality is the only properly tranlated word that describes living forever. You cannot have multiple eternities, before the eternities or contrasting eternities. All of those would be pesent with that translation. Oh, and why does ur hell ( lake of fire) have brimstone in it? Also, u say the lost are separated from god? Gee, why does the scripture say they will be tormented in the presence of the Lamb. I await ur eternal answer (that wont last forever either).

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      Immortality is eternal life. The same words in the Bible to describe eternal life, describe eternal separation from God.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      Nope. But all will be given immortality after the kingdom age. Again, you don't pay attention to the words and their uses. That's y the world doesn't get it.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      So we will not have eternal life?

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      Are you kidding? One man? So the concordant publishing company is one man? U r an idiot. And again, if any those use the words hell or eternal, these so called scholars r lyers.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      You really need to get your facts straight. All of the translations are translated from the Greek by scholars who have spent their lives studying how to properly translated Greek to English. The Concordant was done by one man.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      Only when they were protecting stupid pagon doctrines. And btw, the concordant is the only modern bible translated directly from the greek.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      Again, all of the Bible translators must be idiots in your opinion. None of them know how to translate Greek into English???? Interesting. Why should I trust any verse then? Maybe they mistranslated the whole Bible.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      Once we clean out the horrible translation the meaning is clear to those who understand spiritual things. Again, u don't.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      Matthew 25:46 is clear.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      There is no argument. I know ur teachings r not of the Holy spirit. I have no argument with God concerning the truths i have been showing you.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      Once again, I will let Jesus' words in Matthew 25:46 speak for themselves. You are not arguing with me, but with Him.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      Thats funny coming from one who thinks Christ either can't or will not save all men. All of this evil is supposed to be taking place. Including mankind purposly using incorrect words to translate scripture in an attempt to subdue all people and keep them in line. Not God's will but more like His purpose in this age. That purpose is only for His chosen to know His truths at this time. Probably too much for you to understand right now.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      So God is not smart enough or powerful enough to provide a correct translation??? Interesting.

      Matthew 25:46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Context of the parable of the sheep and the goats. Again, not difficult to understand.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      It takes a spiritual "mind" to c where those purposeful mistakes are made and to c where the proper translations are. It takes the spiritual mind to know how to connect scripture with scripture. The hell, eternalor forever thing has no place in thenody of holy scripture. U r blind.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      The Bible is THE AUTHORITY, not an authority. It is the divinely inspired word of God. It does not take a "spiritual mine" to understand it, that is what the Holy Spirit is for. If all of the Bible translations mistranslate aionois, then when should we believe any of the Bible??? If all of the scholars who have translated and retranslated the Bible are wrong? Why should we believe any of it? It is a slippery slope that you are on. Is God not able to provide a correct English translation?

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      U gotta b kidding. Of course ur not. So u don't think it takes a spiritual mind to understand the "spiritual nature of the scriptures? The scripture u just cited uses spiritual language. U don't understand it either. Good luck with ur torture god. Sure it makes u feel proud to believe such crap.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      No the spiritual mind that you speak of it where heresy comes from. The Bible is the inspired word of God. It is God-breathed and useful for teaching and rebuking (2 Tim 3:16).

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      Of the corrupted bible of men. Which still has the truths of ultimate salvation of all. It just takes a spiritual mind to c it.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      No I am following Jesus of the Bible and Jesus spoke of hell. Matthew 25.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      ur following the church jesus. Trust me. If the real Christ showed up to ur church they would throw Him out on His ear.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      It is a doctrine spoken about by Jesus Christ. If you want to go your own way, go that way. I am following Christ and what the Bible actually says, not what you want it to say. Once again, the sheep and the goats (people on the right going to heaven, the people on the left to hell - Matthew 25). Every translation says the say thing.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      That john mcarthur is one sick man. I'll say it again. This horrific doctrine of the church is shameful. And granted, much of the church is ashamed of it. Those who aren't should be in my oppinion. I don't believe you should use a scripture about love as a title to this hub.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      No, hell which means to cover is a mistranslation for hades, sheol (hades of ot), gehenna and the pit two or three times. All the dead r now in sheol or hades. There is no thought in hades, ur dead. Gehenna was a physical location where they burned garbage and sometimes dead bodies of crimminals and such. The doctrine of eternal torment is based on the impropper translation of eternal which should be eonian. It is a doctrine coming from the most spiritually depraved minds in the world.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 2 years ago from Chicagoland

      Hell is called both in the Bible.

    • profile image

      Hell N0 2 years ago

      Wait, didn't u say at the top that hell is eternal death? Then later u call it a physical place. Well which is it? Man, hellers are so blind.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 5 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks! Hopefully people will choose Christ!

    • Cherry4 profile image

      Cherry Ann 5 years ago from New York

      Simply a wonderful hub full of grace, love and truth. Well written with clarity that even a child can understand that we must choose who we want to serve.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Amen, Brother, thank you so much for writing this powerful hub of His truths. Exactly, he came to save the whole world, not just us Christians. I am so thrilled with this excellent hub to glorify our God and LORD Jesus Christ. God bless you. Voted Way Up to the Heavens In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 5 years ago from Chicagoland

      I agree with you. I cannot imagine being able to scrafice one of my sons, especially for other people. God is so good and loving. I agree with your prayer that everyone comes to a place of repentance and accepts Jesus as their Savior.

    • Faithful Daughter profile image

      Evi Lopez 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      John 3:16 reveals itself in so many ways to a believer. To me Jesus is our redeemer, the One Who became a curse for us on the cross. The One Who was scourged, tortured, ridiculed, forsaken, and died for my sins. When I hear "For God so loved the world..." as a parent, I cannot imagine giving up my only begotten Son for humanity. I cannot fathom that kind of love from our Heavenly Father; it is unmatchable and immeasurable! Yes, I have stopped to reflect on this verse many, many times and each time it has brought me to tears… tears of conviction, repentance, awe, adoration, gratitude and thankfulness. I pray that everyone comes to that place of repentance and forgiveness, as many others and I have, and accept Jesus as Lord. Thanks for sharing this inspiring hub with your readers.

    • drmiddlebrook profile image

      Sallie B Middlebrook PhD 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      I enjoyed reading this Hub, and want to say "Thanks" for posting it. I would like to add that it is unfortunate that some who sin choose not to look at their sins as sin, so how can you repent of a sin, if you don't see it as a sin? Just something to think about.

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I not only know Jesus as my saviour, but also as my brother too.

    • ercramer36 profile image
      Author

      Eric Cramer 5 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks! I am just trying to spread the Gospel. I cannot wait for that day either. It will be awesome!

    • vector7 profile image

      vector7 5 years ago

      "We will be made perfect and sinless..."

      That day is my greatest dream, for when that day comes we can be with God.

      Absolutely perfect article. The Holy Spirit shines through your words.