For God so Loved the World
"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."
A False interpretation of this verse goes like this:
This verse is probably the best known verse in the Bible. It may also be the most misunderstood. God sent His Son Jesus into the world to providesalvation for all of mankind, but all mankind is not "automatically" saved.There must be an act of our faith on our part in believing in the Lord JesusChrist. We must make this verse personal. We need to look at it as directedto us, "For God so loved [your name], that he gave...". Jesus came into theworld to give his life for your sins. Have you applied this verse toyourself? Have you asked Jesus into your heart to be your Savior? If you'renot sure about this, please write or call for help.
A True interpretation of this verse is as follows:
John 3:16 speaks of the good news of the gospel. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should notperish but have eternal life."
Why is this message of God's love good news?
Because it tells of what God has done. The next verse,
John 3:17, says:
"For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that theworld through Him might be saved." God sent His Son to save the world, and He succeeded! By His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus Christ both paid for the sins of His people and provided His own righteousness as the basis of God's forgiveness and favor. As the angel said to Joseph,
"You shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins".(Matthew 1:21).
The good news is that God has actually accomplished the salvation of the world by the work of Jesus Christ.
Are you numbered among the world Jesus came to save?
Are you given to the Lord Jesus by the Father?
As the Lord Jesus says:
"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and he who comes to Me I will in no waycast out." (John 6:37).
Come to the One who really saves. Come as you are,helpless, hopeless, knowing you have no goodness or power in yourself. Ifyou do come to Him with this knowledge, you are assured that He has brought you.
His love really saves!