For God so Loved the World - John 3:16
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“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
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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
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
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.
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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.
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© 2012 Eric Cramer