John 3:16 Deep Explanation
John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
Our anchor topic is the deep explanation of John 3:16, which is going to be our major text. This bible passage is almost the mostly read and common bible scripture by any believer of Jesus Christ. I remember how we were being told when I was very little to memorize this particular bible verse especially. This bible verse describes our existence on the earth and how much God cherishes us so much. We are going to break down the deep explanation of this bible verse in three major parts and it is as follows:
- GOD LOVES US SO MUCH. The first part of John 3:16 says For God so loved us! We can notice from that first part that the “love” was written in past tense which meant that God loved us before we were created, He loved us while we are still alive, He loved us even when we go astray against His commands, He loved us when we are right in the storm, He loved when things are fine and when things seems not fine, He loved us anytime and any day. What is the meaning of love? Love is a very strong feeling of affection towards one. God’s love towards mankind is immeasurable. God’s kind of love is unconditional; it is not because of what we have done for Him or what we didn’t do, His love towards us is infinite. God’s love can never be compared to person to person’s love, God’s love is greater than a mother’s love the bible also confirmed it in Isaiah 49 vs 15 “which says “Can a woman forget her suckling child that she should not have compassion on her child? Yea she may forget but I will not forget you. God can never forget us; this is to show that His love towards us is incomprehensible, no human mind can comprehend God’s kind of love. His love is not in giving and taking like humans do, His love towards is agape, which means selfless and sacrificial, Agape is the highest kind of love, because it is selfless, it doesn’t put Himself first, He put us first in all His taught.
- HE GAVE. You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. This is what God showed and demonstrated to us in the second part of our anchor text. John 3:16b He gave his only begotten son”. There is no one that can do this to any mankind on earth than God. No one can ever give or sacrifice the only child he or she has for a substitute, just to cleanse the whole world from sin by shedding his blood on the cross of Calvary. God had to give the only son/ child He has because of immeasurable love He has for mankind. He did this to show us how much He wants us to be called His own. It is possible for one to give grudgingly or forcefully without loving that is, I can give you something but it is not from my heart or not because I cherish and loves you, I just want to give probably to show I am rich at the moment or I am more than that particular item or gift, But there is no way I can profess to you that I love you and never give you any gift or anything, In all of this, I cannot give you what I will need the most , this is where God demonstrated His own kind of giving. He gave us His only child just to stand as a substitute, to wipe away sins, sicknesses, all bad things from our lives and to prepare a way for us to come to Him.
- WE HAVE TO BELIEVE HIM. God loved us, gave us and the last part of the bible scripture was “Whosoever believes in him shall not die but have everlasting life.” This is the last part of our anchor text of John 3:16. This last part gave us the choice to receive and believe in Him. He said whosoever believes in Him shall not die, God gave us the choice to believe in Him through His son, that is only when we can be saved from all the troubles on the earth and even live after life. To believe in God we have to confess Him as our Lord and personal savior, that is only one thing He requires from us, He is not asking us to sacrifice or give Him anything, all He wants us to do is to believe in Him. When we believe in Him, it means we are trusting Him with the totality of our lives and even beyond. We must believe in Him so that the devil will not take advantage of us. Jesus died so that we should live so all we have to do is just believe in Him. Believing in God is beyond admitting he exists, we have to come to him in faith through His son to save us, we can know and experience the assurance of eternal life by receiving Jesus Christ into our lives. The bible says in 1 Timothy 2 vs 5 “For there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus’ Jesus is our mediator, He is the one that keeps talking to God on our behalf, that is the reason why we must believe in Him and in His resurrection power. God’s love is unchanging towards us, as long as we believe in Him. To Believe in God also means to obey Him. We cannot say we believe in whom we cannot obey, to believe means we must obey all His commandments, we must love, we must not hate our fellow humans, we must forsake anything evil, we must forsake sin and anything that is not of God. As earlier said, believing is trusting God with our life, when we fully believe and trust Him with our lives, He will make our ways prosperous and we will have good success in life and we also get to enjoy eternal life with Him at the end of our life on earth.