Gospel Wednesday: John Chapter 3

This week we're in John chapter 3.

“There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 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. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized. Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized. For John had not yet been thrown into prison. Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification. And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!” John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.””
John 3:1-36 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/jhn.3.1-36.nkjv

“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.”
John 3:16-17 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/jhn.3.16-17.nkjv




Footnotes. Starting with John 3:16

“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.”
John 3:16 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/jhn.3.16.nkjv

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/rom.5.8.nkjv

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,”
Ephesians 2:4 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/eph.2.4.nkjv

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace,”
II Thessalonians 2:16 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/2th.2.16.nkjv

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”
I John 4:9 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/1jn.4.9.nkjv

“and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,”
Revelation 1:5 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/rev.1.5.nkjv

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/isa.9.6.nkjv

Now John 3:17

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
John 3:17 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/jhn.3.17.nkjv

“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.””
Matthew 1:21 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/mat.1.21.nkjv

“For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them. ” And they went to another village.”
Luke 9:56 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/luk.9.56.nkjv

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.”
I John 4:14 NKJV
http://bible.com/114/1jn.4.14.nkjv

Oh, dear readers, don't you see from these Bible verses, John 3:16-17,and the footnotes, that God loves us. Jesus loves us! He (Jesus) is not here to condemn, but to save! He is the Savior!!!! Oh, obey the Gospel today! Do not delay!

God loved us so much that He gave His only Son, a member of the Godhead, the Trinty (God, Jesus, Holy Spirit) so that we could have everlasting life through faith in Jesus. 

But this is an obedient faith. Not faith only. A faith that obeys the Gospel. God gave His Son for us. Watched Him suffer and die upon a cruel cross breaking His heart. He gave His Son willingly so we could be forgiven. Jesus sacrificed Himself to a cross so we could be forgiven. God and Jesus did the hard part of the Gospel: Sacrifice. All we have to is comply with and obey the Gospel. Our part is easy compared to what Jesus sacrificed: His very life. 

Act in obedient faith today that you may obtain salvation. 

HEAR
14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?

17 So faith comes through hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Romans 10:14;17 ESV

2 BELIEVE
24 I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.
John 8:24 ESV
3 REPENT
The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent
Acts 17:30 ESV
CONFESS THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10 ESV
5 BE BAPTIZED
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 2:38 ESV

16 And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name. Acts 22:16 ESV
6 REMAIN FAITHFUL
10 Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10 ESV
11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. Revelation 3:11 ESV




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