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John 3:16

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." This verse is likely the most widely known and beloved passage in all of Scripture. Each phrase of this verse is rich with the precious truth of the gospel. Presently, let us consider each of these phrases carefully along with other passages of the New Testament in order to gain a fuller perspective on the Lord's words in John 3:16. In doing so, we will let the Scripture speak for itself.

"For God so loved the world..."

Romans 5:6-8 -- For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

1John 2:2 -- ...and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

1John 4:9 -- By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

"...that He gave His only begotten Son..."

John 1:1, 14 -- In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Romans 1:3-4 -- ...concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord...

Hebrews 5:8 -- Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.

"...that whoever believes in Him..."

Mark 16:16 -- "He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned."

John 3:18 -- "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

John 3:36 -- "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

"...shall not perish..."

2Peter 3:9 -- The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

Luke 13:3 -- "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."

John 8:24 -- "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."

"...but have eternal life."

John 17:3 -- "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."

Hebrews 5:9 -- And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation...

1John 5:13 -- These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

Stacey E. Durham



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