John Lesson 4 Day 4

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John Lesson 4 Day 4

Study of John 3:16-21

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” John 3:16 AMPC

While we were still sinners, God loved us. His love for us is unconditional. (See Romans 5:8)

It’s interesting that John 3:16 was spoken to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. In John 3:7, Jesus told him “you must be born again,” even though he was born into the chosen race of Israel. Now Jesus says that God loves the world and sent the sent His only Son to save it.

“The Jews of that day rarely thought that God loved the world. Many of them thought that God only loved Israel. The universal offer of salvation and life in Jesus was revolutionary.” . . . “It is a distinctively Christian idea that God’s love is wide enough to embrace all mankind.” (Morris)

10. Those who do believe in Jesus

John 3:18 and John 3:36

  • don’t receive God’s judgment.
  • will not experience God’s rejection.
  • do not experience God’s condemnation.
  • have eternal life when they are born into the Kingdom of Heaven.

11. Those who do not believe in Jesus

John 3:16 — perish and will not have eternal life.

John 3:17-19 — are living under the death sentence (MSG)—judged—condemned.

John 3:36 — will never experience eternal life but remain under God’s angry judgment. (NLT)

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 — suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might (ESV)—eternal exile from the presence of the Master and his splendid power.(MSG)

12. Additional thoughts

The only difference between the saved and the lost is accepting or rejecting Jesus. “The lost aren’t condemned because of their individual sins. It’s because of the singular act of rejecting Jesus. All other sins pale in comparison to the one sin of rejecting God’s love and payment for our sins that was so clearly expressed through Jesus.” Andrew Wommack

God’s focus in John 3:16 is qualifying the ones he created for fellowship with him. He went to great lengths to made it possible for us. “Sin was like a barrier that blocked our access to God. Without the removal of that barrier, there could be no true fellowship with the Father.” (Andrew Wommack)

Intimacy with the Father is the true point of salvation in this life.


My answers to BSF study questions on John Lesson 4 Day 4 ~ Study of John 3:16-21