A Short Study of John 3:16
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.”
This verse is probably the best known verse in the Bible. It may also be the most misunderstood.
A False interpretation of this verse goes like this:
God sent His Son Jesus into the world to provide salvation 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 Jesus Christ. We must make this verse personal. We need to look at it as directed to us, “For God so loved [your name], that he gave…”. Jesus came into the world to give his life for your sins. Have you applied this verse to yourself? Have you asked Jesus into your heart to be your Saviour? If you’re not 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 not perish 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 the world 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 favour. 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 giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast 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. If you do come to Him with this knowledge, you are assured that He has brought you.
His love really saves!