Among believers (and even many in the world), John 3:16 is perhaps the most well-known verse in all of Scripture. I can remember this being one of the first verses I committed to memory as a boy, and one of the first I taught to my children. The simple, yet profound truths of God, His beloved Son, and His Gospel for mankind are contained in it. But in our Christian experience it is quite easy to gloss over once marvelous truths–truths that once gripped our souls, yet perhaps now seem ordinary or mundane. God forbid!
We must ever guard against pride in thinking we fully understand and grasp a truth. There are unfathomable depths in even the “simplest” Scriptures, and we have the privilege as God’s dear children to learn more and more of the infinite God, or as Peter puts it, to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Pet. 3:18). Until being in glory with the Lord, the believer never should adopt the mindset that he or she has “arrived.” The Holy Spirit would ever have us grow in our knowledge and appreciation of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ..
FOR GOD (The greatest SOURCE)
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (Jam. 1:17).
SO LOVED (The greatest HEART)
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God!” (1 John 3:1).
THE WORLD (The greatest EXTENT)
“For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son…” (Rom. 5:10).
THAT HE GAVE (The greatest SACRIFICE)
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32).
HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON (The greatest GIFT)
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Cor. 9:15).
THAT WHOEVER (The greatest INVITATION)
“…Whoever desires, let him take of the water of life freely” (Rev. 22:17).
BELIEVES IN HIM (The greatest TERMS)
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31).
SHOULD NOT PERISH (The greatest DELIVERANCE)
“Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it” (Matt. 7:13).
BUT (The greatest DIFFERENCE)
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24).
HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE (The greatest PROMISE)
“He who has the Son HAS life; he does who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12).