The next verse

Sure.  Not everyone knows it.  But whether it was in church, Sunday School, Bible club, or . . . on a sign in the end zone during a football game, there are many, many, many people who have heard -- and perhaps read -- and maybe memorized John 3:16.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

I wonder how often folks remember the next verse.

God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

  • God's desire is that the whole world would be saved. 
  • If that doesn't happen, does that mean God fails?
  • And if God never fails, then doesn't that have to happen?
  • And what if someone doesn't believe?  The next next verse has some thoughts:
Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

How can God want the whole world to be saved, and never fail, and then fail because the ones who don't believe are condemned?

God gets what God wants.  And God wants the world to be saved.

Now what are you thinking?

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