Thursday, October 29, 2009

For God so loved...

No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
(John 3:13-18)

(Italics and bolding mine)


4 comments:

Jonathan said...

As John Piper said and my friend Matty pointed out...God used the worst evil ever imaginable to do the greatest good, namely crucifying His Son for His for the salvation of mankind. By that, evil committed suicide, and death was put to death.

Steve Martin said...

"God so loved the world..."

Some tell me that God doesn't love everyone.

That verse (and many others) would seem to clear up the question.

The cross would seem to clear up the question if it were not for our strident unbelief.

Nohm said...

Steve,

Due to our "strident unbelief", we have to first answer the "does God even exist?" question before we can get to the "does God love everyone?" question.

BathTub said...

Where did Elijah go to then?