So, most people know the famous verse of John 3:16, but I always wondered why the following verses were not included.
John 3:17-21 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
I have concluded, that the reason the rest is not quoted as much, is because it’s messy. It immediately puts the choice right in front of you. It clearly defines that salvation is through believing in Christ alone, if not you are already condemned.
I believe these verses put the gospel in perspective, though the gospel is meant as a gift for everyone, most people will pass it up simply because of the allegiance that is required.
This also shows why so many in our world today can’t stand the Word of God, and are against the church. They delight in their evil and fear the truth, so they will either ignore it, mock it, or try to change it to fit their own desires.
I know this to be true, because I was guilty of this in my own life. I had so many things that I have done wrong and I couldn’t think that a wretch like me deserved any sort of grace. I also would try to justify my sin by changing the gospel in my mind, that made it justified for me to do whatever I wanted. Unfortunately, I learned I can’t change the laws of God for my own agenda.
However, the amazing thing about God, is that no matter what you do or how far you run from Him, He will always be there with open arms, waiting for you to comeback.
So, as we approach the end will we have the courage to change our final choice before it’s too late?