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One of the most well known verses in the bible isn't really known even to a small degree by most. Let's read it and discuss it.
It's John 3:16:
"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."
Now, let's take a section at a time:
"For God..."
The Creator of all that is, who spoke into existence what he wanted and it came into being (Genesis 1; Isaiah 44:24, Colossians 1:16,17).Then to top his creation off, he made man (Gen. 1:26-28).
"...so loved..."
We make light of the word 'love' today, but God didn't when this was written and he doesn't now. Love is an action word, it's not just speaking, it is doing. In John 15:13, we read these words:
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
When God became a man in the man Christ Jesus, he daily laid his life down for us. He put his wants and desires aside continually as he went about doing all manner of good and being a servant to us, his creation (John 1:3, Mark 10:45). But if that doesn't blow your mind and make you stop to think, he did even more. He became the sin offering on the cross for the whole world so that we might become the righteousness of God in him (II Cor.5:21) by accepting him into our lives through his finished work on the cross of Golgotha ('place of a skull') and his resurrection from the dead.
"...the world..."
That's you and me and everyone else who ever lived on this planet or ever will live on it. He made of Himself, a one-time offering that never needs to be repeated. He finished it, just believe him and receive him and he'll make you a new creature. (II Cor.5:17). Also reading I Tim.2:4:
"Who (God) will have all men saved, and come into the knowledge of the truth."
"...that he gave..."
Earlier we were talking about love being an action word. Here is one aspect of it and that is giving. Giving of yourself for others, and that is what God did in Jesus (Romans 5:8, 8:32).
"...his only begotten Son..."
He's unique, one of a kind; a member of the Godhead; God in human flesh (John 1:1, 1:14; Isaiah 9:6, Hebrews 1:8).
"...that whosoever..."
Just as we saw in the section of this verse, 'the world', you're included here too. So if you see your need of a Saviour and Lord, he's the one that you are looking for and that brings us to the next part of this verse.
"...believeth in him..."
Believing in your heart is receiving him (John 1:12), not just a head knowledge that doesn't save (James 2:19). It's clinging to, trusting him as your Lord and Saviour.
"...should not perish..."
This has to do with losing your sense of well-being in the lake of fire for all eternity (Revelation 20:10-15).
"...but have everlasting life."
This is life in the fullest sense of the word and you will live it throughout all eternity (John 10:10; Romans 6:23; I John 5:11- 13).
Now let's re-read this verse but in a different way by using the comments that were made:
For the Creator of all that is so loved in a deep and lasting way everybody on this planet that he gave, which was a showing forth of his love, his one of a kind, unique only begotten Son that anyone who believes in him with their heart (their total being) should not lose their sense of well-being in the lake of fire forever but have life in the absolute highest form possible for all eternity.
Packs a punch, doesn't it? Praise God!
Now if you realize that you are a sinner and that he died for your sins, but death couldn't hold him, then ask him to forgive you and come into your life. Just pray a simple prayer, something like this:
If you prayed this prayer and meant it with all that is in you, then you are now a child of God. Please get in touch with the person on this pamphlet. I would love to hear from you and help you in any way that I can in your new life. Praise his holy name!
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Nor of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8,9)
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)

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