For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.—John 3:16 (KJV)
Most of us have heard this verse throughout our lives. Some have heard it preached in church, some at home, or in many other places…including seeing it on signs at sporting events. But have you ever taken notice of the power within this verse of scripture? It speaks of God, His Son (Jesus), the world (or those within it), believers in Him, and their quality—not length—of life.
When this verse is often heard, it gives the impression of God wanting everyone to go to heaven. But why is this? Is it not because this verse, or some variation of it, has been preached or taught that way? Many Christians have the opinion that the purpose of the sacrifice of Jesus was just so we can go to heaven as an eternal destination. However, when this verse is read, it talks about the love of God for everyone…and that love has a purpose!
I believe the Bible as a whole, teaches us about God’s love for us and His willingness to see us live a life of victory and not defeat. That victory includes both our natural and spiritual lives. In the spiritual, it is clear that God wanted us to come to Him and live with and for Him eternally, where He will be our God (Genesis 17:8).
This is important because God never intended to be separated from us. In the Garden, sin drove man from the presence of God and limited His power in our lives. Jesus was sent to “bridge” the gap…so to speak…to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He, through the shedding of His blood, redeemed (or bought), us back to God (Galatians 3:13). The scriptures teach also that, God loved us so much that, while we were still lost in sin…and would have stayed that way…Christ gave his life for us (Romans 5:8).
This sacrifice was given as a gift and aided in the life we live daily by faith in that sacrifice. Our belief in Jesus’ death and resurrection gives us power to be saved or delivered, by faith, from all of the ills brought upon this earth and humanity by the stain of sin. Strong statement, I know, but which would you rather believe…that all things are possible through faith in God (Matthew 19:26 & Luke 1:37), or some things are left to chance?
I don’t believe God left anything to chance—so why should we. The Bible teaches us that all things are held up “by the word of His power”—(Hebrews 1:3) and it also teaches that because we are “crucified with Christ”, he lives within us and this life we are living here on earth is lived by our faith in Jesus’ obedient sacrifice through the love of God (Galatians 2:20)!
What does this all mean? Simply, God loved us so much that He gave His all to cure us from the dreadful disease of sin! If He would provide for us the sin cure, then why wouldn’t He also with that provide the cure for everything else that ails us (sickness, poverty, lack, relationship trouble, etc.,)…love covers all!
Read Romans 8:32…
Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?—(New Living Translation)
He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?—(Amplified)
If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us?—(The Message)
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?—(King James Version)
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