The Love And The Judgment Of John 3:16
Text: Romans 5:6-15
6 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.”
The love of God was demonstrated upon humanity when we were yet in our sins Romans 5:8. The redemption plan of humanity was contracted the very moment man fell from the grace of God in the garden of Eden, hence the seed of the woman was promised by God as the one that will bruised the head of Satan, which eventually came to manifestation when the fullness of time was come Galatians 4:4. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” Genesis 3:15. Jesus Christ, who is the promised seed of the woman has come to saved us from our sins Matthew 1:21.
In order to be saved in the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross, you have a part to play and the part for you is to look unto Jesus on the cross. The bible says that as many that lifted up their eyes to the brazen serpent were healed of their bites Number 21:9. Jesus went to the cross for you and if you refused to look on HIM on the cross where HE had been lifted, you may not be saved John 3:14-15. Again the bible said “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2. So, you look to Jesus for your own salvation.
Therefore, as John 3:16 said ‘whosoever’ gives a formidable situation that the grace of God that came through Jesus Christ for our salvation is premised on individual commitment to this cause. It is not a forced will on individual by God but a free will offering for sin for those who will accepts it in its entirety and wholeheartedness 1 John 4:9. John 3: 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Now, the offering for sin is LOVE 1 Peter 4:8 but, the rejection of this love will usher in judgment on those who rejects its free will offering thereby bringing upon themselves condemnation, as stated in John 3:18 “He that believeth on him is not condemned: BUT HE THAT BELIEVETH NOT IS CONDEMNED ALREADY, BECAUSE HE HATH NOT BELIEVED IN THE NAME OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD.” This further outlined the miserable state of the unbelievers who refused to believe in Christ Jesus that, they are already condemned while still living. Think about walking corpses.
To avoid the fury judgment of God, we must therefore align ourselves with the LORD Jesus Christ, the offering for our redemption, who is the only saviour of the whole world. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED” John 3:17. Jesus Christ HIMSELF make this clear to us during HIS earthly ministry when HE declared that “NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME” John 14:6. It further gives you an idea that, refusing to believe on Jesus Christ as your LORD and saviour is an invitation to be judged by God, who spared not HIS only begotten Son but delivered Him up for your redemption. Romans 8:32 “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
To demonstrate that Jesus Christ remains the only way to eternity with God, the Apostle Peter in Acts 4:12 declared “NEITHER IS THERE SALVATION IN ANY OTHER (outside Jesus): FOR THERE IS NONE OTHER NAME (except Jesus name) UNDER HEAVEN GIVEN AMONG MEN, WHEREBY WE MUST BE SAVED.” In Philippians 2:9-11, it was further proven that only Jesus name that every knees bows to and every tongues confessed to because HE is highly exalted far above principalities and powers in heavenly places. HE is the only authority for the now and in the future for us the believers in Christ hallelujah! Ephesians 1:19 “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.”
In examining John 3:16, we can confidently say that without believing in Jesus Christ, judgment abides with us as Jesus who is the only escape from this judgment has been pushed aside. May the LORD give us understanding today in Jesus name. Amen. To avoid the wrath (judgment) of God coming upon the children of disobedience Ephesians 5:6, you must believe on the LORD Jesus Christ and you shall be saved Acts 16:31.
Remember, the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that we’ve been redeemed from our iniquity through Jesus Christ that gave HIMSELF for us, thereby purified us into a peculiar people of HIS, who are now zealous for good works. Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
In conclusion, if you neglect this great salvation that God offered through Jesus Christ, you will never be able to escape the impending judgment of God. Hebrews 2:1 “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE, IF WE NEGLECT SO GREAT SALVATION; WHICH AT THE FIRST BEGAN TO BE SPOKEN BY THE LORD, AND WAS CONFIRMED UNTO US BY THEM THAT HEARD HIM; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?”
God is love 1 John 4:8, no doubt about that but HIS love will not overlook your disobedience when you fail to believe on Jesus Christ, whom HE sent to be the propitiation (atonement) for our sins 1 John 4:10. Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Do you want to be saved? Believe and start calling on the name of Jesus Christ now.