For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (3:16-18)
The pop-theology so popular today in the world, and creeping into our churches, wants us to believe that God is accepting of a multiple of avenues to Himself. “Good thoughts,” “Good actions,” “Sincerity,” and the right to believe what you want to believe has become the topic of sermons, books, and testimonies. The belief that Jesus isn’t God is foundational in some religions.
But let’s let God speak for Himself. Please read the book of John with me, and open your hearts up to what God would have you know. He won’t play games with you. In fact, God reveals Himself in such a powerful way in this Gospel.
Hear what Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well. She spoke of the coming Messiah. Jesus as clear as anything says: I who speak to you am he.
John 3:16 is a verse that is probably familiar to you, even if you have not accepted the fact that Jesus is the Savior. But I included the next two verses for a reason. What you believe about Jesus is the difference between heaven and hell. Read those verses again and know they apply to you.
Then keep reading with me as we get to know this amazing God through His precious Son.
Dearest Father, I thank you for this Gospel of John because it reveals You and your plan of salvation in such a dynamic way. God, there may be people who are questioning Your authority, or maybe even your existence. I pray that all of us reading through this book in the next few days will open our hearts and minds up to You and allow You to show us what You want us to know. Thank You for the privilege.