What is salvation?

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life! John 3:16

Who? – God… 

How much? – SO…

What – loved…

Who? the world…

Action – that He gave…

This verse, John 3:16 describes the motivation, the heart that God has for each person in the world. When He saw you, when He saw me and everyone that has come before and all who are yet to come before the glorious return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, this describes how God thinks and feels towards us.

In this decision of love, in fact, God wanted us to know He doesn’t just love us, He “so” loved us. This describes the intense passion that motivated Him to make a way for you and me to come back into relationship with Him and have a better life, not just in eternity but moreover to start right now in your life on earth and on into eternity.

You may ask, “If God loves me and everyone else, why is there pain and suffering? Or you may ask, “Why have I experienced pain and suffering?” This question could be answered by volumes of books, however, let’s go back to the beginning and in our brief time together, look at how humanity started, where things went wrong and how God made a way to make things right again!

God wanted a family. He wanted children that He could love and bless, that would of their own free will, choose to love Him back. When Adam and Eve made a choice to disobey God by listening to Satan (Genesis 3), they opened the door to sin and destruction. God is holy and He knows how destructive sin is; He cannot tolerate sin in His presence. Satan hated mankind because he hated God. So if you are a parent who loves their kids, and someone wanted to hurt you, what would hurt you more? Hurting you or hurting your kids? Given that Satan really can’t hurt God, other than through hurting us, His children, Satan’s plan was to destroy the relationship between God and us, the children He created.

John 10:10 tells us – The thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that you might have life, and that more abundantly! 

So starting in the Garden of Eden when Satan tempted Adam and Eve to sin against God, we see Satan’s plan of destruction for mankind and it continues today. Each of us has inherited the sin nature, that thing inside of each of us that causes us to rebel, be selfish and want our own way. So God’s plan was to give us a new nature and make us new creations; however, He couldn’t just give it to us because He is a holy God. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) so He had to figure out a way to have our sin paid for so He could save us from the sin nature within us.

So He gave… His only begotten Son…

God’s giving cost Him. He didn’t send another animal or an angel, but He choose the most precious person to Him – His Son. That is how special you and I are to Him; He cared to send His very best for us. So He sent His perfect, sinless Son who came to this earth to pay the penalty for our sin and to take our place as our substitute on the cross.

…that whosoever believed in Jesus would not perish, but have everlasting life!

If we would receive Jesus, He would give us the right to once again be called the children of God. (John 1:12) He would pay the price for our sin to give us a brand new start, to be born again and (John 3:3) to have the Spirit of God come into us and make all things new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)



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