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Day 64: My Top 10 – No. 3

Posted by undergroundchurch on August 1, 2011

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Top ten Scriptures for me. Number 3.

John 3:16

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Some scriptures are quoted so often, that the risk of losing sight of the true meaning of the passage increases exponentially.  John 3:16 is chief among those Scriptures.

Jesus is having a conversation with a Pharisee and teacher of the law in the Jewish religious community.  You can hear in the man’s voice the sincerity and Jesus answers his questions very clearly.

Starting with the concept of being “born again”, Jesus walks the teacher through the most concise description of the plan of God recorded in Scripture.

  1. Unless you are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God
  2. Being born again is a spiritual birth that occurs after your are physically born.  It is a birth by choice unlike physical birth, the one being born chooses to be born again.
  3. I (Jesus) am from heaven
  4. I (Jesus) must be lifted up like the snake on a pole in the desert
  5. If you believe in me (Jesus), you will have eternal life
  6. God loves the whole world
  7. God gave Jesus and Jesus is the Son of God
  8. So that if you believe in him you will not die, but have everlasting life
  9. I (Jesus) did not come this time to condemn the world, but to save it
  10. Everyone that rejects stands condemned by their own choice

It isn’t politically correct, but then again, God has never been correct in the eyes of the world.  Jesus is an absolute truth that intervened in our world bringing hope to the hopeless and life to a dead world, and we all must be born again.


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