THE LOVE OF GOD - Brief Bible Study on John 3:16-21 - by Mike Winch
I meet many people whose
lives are broken and meaningless.
Many have never ever felt really loved, but have only known hatred, cruelty and abuse.
They feel they don't belong! Life just rushes by with no security or hope for the future.
Is your life like that? Here is good news:-
1. GOD TOOK THE INITIATIVE TO LOVE US
We did not deserve His love because of our sin, but "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only. Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal" (v.16). His Son died on the Cross to fully pay the penalty for our sin which is death !
2. HE CAME TO SAVE US, NOT CONDEMN US
Here is God's heart of love - "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (v.17).. We could never save ourselves - only the sinless Son of God could do that.
3. THE CALL TO BELIEVE AND TO BE SAVED
God has done it all for you through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ Now "the ball is in your court" ! "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in God's one and only Son." (v.18)
4. THE FINAL VERDICT ON YOUR LIFE
God's Son is returning to be
our Judge. What will be His verdict on your life?
Listen ! "This is the verdict: light has come into the world, but men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (v.19)
I trust that in the Judgement Day this will not be the verdict on your life ! I urge you to receive God's love so that the verdict on your life may be by what "has been done through God." (v.21). You can know God's love today, if you would seek Him. Only Jesus can save you.