December 18, 1988
John 3:16 is perhaps the most recognized verse in the Bible—but its familiarity has the potential to distract from its significance. Directing our attention to the perfect Giver and our status as imperfect recipients, Alistair Begg highlights the great truth expressed in this single verse. Because of God’s great love for all people, He gave the perfect gift of Jesus Christ so that we might accept this gift and place our faith in Him.
16“For God so loved the world,9 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
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