John 3:16 explained

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John 3:16 is one of the most widely quoted verses from the Bible and has been called the most famous Bible verse.

JOHN 3:16 16 “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.

Why is John 3:16 the most read verse in the Bible?

The bible verse summarizes the Gospel – the good news of the Bible – in one verse.

Who is “His only begotten Son”?

Jesus, who is God the Son.

What is the meaning of “so” in John 3:16?

ουτως (houtos), the original Greek word translated “so,” means “in this manner” and is actually the first word in this verse, a more literal translation of which would begin, “For in this manner God loved the world …”

What is meant by “gave”?

God the Father told Jesus to die on the cross to pay the death penalty due for our sins, and Jesus obeyed Him.

In what manner?

In the manner of what was described in the verse just before John 3:16 (see Bronze Snake).

What is meant by “the world”?

It does not mean the physical earth or plants or animals, but us human beings.

What is the meaning of “everlasting life”?

“Everlasting life” involves but does not equal everlasting existence, which takes place also in hell. “Everlasting life” in the Bible refers to a life that begins at salvation and lasts forever in heaven with God.

Who has “everlasting life”?

“Whoever believes in” (John 3:16) Jesus.

Believes what about Jesus?

That He is God the Son who loves God the Father and us so much that He came and paid the death penalty due for our sins, and that His substitutionary death cleared my path to heaven. To have everlasting life, we need to believe THAT about Jesus.

What is meant by “perish”?

It does not mean dying or ceasing to exist. It means languishing forever in the fire of hell.

Who will go to hell?

All sinners whose sins have not been paid for by Jesus (see below).

“What if I don’t feel like a sinner?”

According to the Bible, a sinner isn’t just a murderer or a rapist. It’s everyone who fails to meet God’s standard of perfect holiness. The Bible declares, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

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