- 1. John 3:16 For God So Loved the World
2. MARTIN LUTHER CALLED JOHN 3:16 THE HEART OF THE BIBLETHE GOSPEL IN MINIATURE. 3. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only For God So Loved the World Son, that whoever believes in him should notperish but have eternal life (Jn 3:16, ESV). 4. THE GREATEST BEING IN THE UNIVERSE God 5. God is the One who created the heavens & the For God So Loved the World earth (Gn 1:1). Therefore, he is the greatest Being. There is none like God. He is greater than anything. The Scriptures affirm that there is none like God. There is no one like the LORD our God (Ex 8:10,ESV). To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God,be honor and glory forever and ever (1 Tim 1:17,ESV). 6. THE GREATEST POWER God so loved 7. Gods love stands behind all of his other actions. For God So Loved the World Many think of God as vengeful. It is true that God executes vengeance. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the livingGod (Heb 10:31, ESV). But, God also loves. The Scriptures affirm Gods love. God shows his love for us in that while we were stillsinners, Christ died for us (Rom 5:8, ESV). In this the love of God was made manifest amongus, that God sent his only Son into the world, so thatwe might live through him (1 Jn 4:9, ESV). God is love (1 Jn 4:16, ESV). 8. THE GREATEST NUMBER The World 9. God loves everyone in this world. For God So Loved the World God loves the vilest of sinners. God loves the most despicable people on earth. The Scriptures affirm Gods love for all. I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice (Jn 10:16, ESV). There is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him (Rom 10:12, ESV). God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tm 2:4, ESV). 10. GOD LOVES YOU. 11. THE GREATEST GIFT His Son 12. Gods love caused him to act. For God So Loved the World All true love is action. 1 Cor 13 describes love in action. Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth (1 Jn 3:18, ESV). Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her (Eph 5:25, ESV). God gave his only Son to die for mans sin. 13. THE GREATEST CONDITION Whoever believes in him 14. Faith is absolutely essential to salvation. For God So Loved the World I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins (Jn 8:24, ESV). Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved (Acts 16:31, ESV). 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 (Rom 10:9, ESV). Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God (1 Jn 5:1, ESV). 15. Faith is absolutely essential to salvation. For God So Loved the World But, proper faith always acts. Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead (Js 2:17, ESV). Heb 11:4-40 contains examples of people who acted because of their faith. 16. THE GREATEST TRAGEDY WHICH CAN BE AVERTED Should not perish 17. God doesnt wish that anyone should perish. For God So Loved the World The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as somecount slowness, but is patient toward you, notwishing that any should perish, but that all shouldreach repentance (2 Pet 3:9, ESV). The good news is that we dont need to perish! 18. We can perish in our sins right now. For God So Loved the World The prodigal son was perishing in his sins (Lk15:11-32). Those who live in sin have hard lives. The way of the treacherous is their ruin (Prov 13:15, ESV). Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery (Rom 3:15-16, ESV). Some perish in a particular sin. 19. We can also perish in eternity. For God So Loved the World In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Mt 8:12, ESV). In hell, their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched (Mk 9:48, ESV). 20. GREATEST BLESSING They might have eternal life. 21. We currently have eternal life. For God So Loved the World Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life (Jn 3:36, ESV). Eternal life in the present means that we have a meaningful life. I came that they may have life and have itabundantly (Jn 10:10, ESV). We have great peace in this life. 22. We currently have eternal life. For God So Loved the World We will have eternal life in heaven. Our home in heaven will be eternal. 23. We currently have eternal life. For God So Loved the World We will have eternal life in heaven. Our home in heaven will be eternal: the righteous [will go away] into eternal life (Mt 25:46, ESV). Heaven is a wonderful place to spend eternity. This is a home built by God. 24. We currently have eternal life. For God So Loved the World We will have eternal life in heaven. Our home in heaven will be eternal: the righteous [will go away] into eternal life (Mt 25:46, ESV). Heaven is a wonderful place to spend eternity. This is a home built by God: Heaven is the city thathas foundations, whose designer and builder is God(Heb 11:10, ESV). God will wipe away every tear from our eyes (Rev7:17). We will have the right to the tree of life (Re 22:14). 25. Gods love prompted him to act. For God So Loved the World If we love God, we will also act. If you love me, you will keep my commandments (Jn 14:15, ESV). Do you love God?