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John 3:16

September 20, 2019

It surprised me how much is in this single verse. It was one of the earliest verses I learned as a child. We discussed this verse for the whole time of our Bible study today.

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

God – the Almighty Authority
So loved the world – the Mightiest Motive
That He gave His only begotten Son – the Greatest Gift
That whosoever – the Widest Welcome
Believes in Him – the Easiest Escape from hell
Should not perish – the Devine Deliverance
But have everlasting life – the Priceless Possession

This great sentence, which summarizes the whole gospel story, begins with God and ends with everlasting life. It begins with one who had no beginning. It ends with that which has no ending.

The redemptive work of God is summed up in 10 words, arranged in pairs.
God and the Son – author and finisher of salvation
loved and gave – 2-fold revelation of the benevolence of God
world and whosoever – all people universally
believeth and have – the trust and the transfer complete
perish and life – two eternal destinies: hell and heaven

Remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
God did not put out the fire. He put Jesus in there with them.
It’s not about God “putting out your fires.”
It’s about who is in there with you.

Our church Pastor said this in one of his sermons:
If you can trust a puzzle company to make sure every piece is in the box to complete the puzzle, than why can’t you trust God that every piece of your life is there for a reason?

Having Jesus in my heart has been a true blessing all these years. Has my faith made my life easier? Not always, but I do always have someone to talk to about my troubles. I truly feel sorry for those who refuse to believe in God or have decided they do not need Him in their lives. I hope and pray you will reconsider.  Connie

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