“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
John 3:16 is one of the most well known verses in the New Testament. It is a favorite verse of children, and is often quoted to dying people. It has also become part of our popular culture. The phrase John 3:16 has been printed on T-shirts and billboards; it has been displayed on signs and banners at sporting events; and has been used as the title of several songs.
John 3:16 has been called the “Gospel in a nutshell,” because it condenses God’s entire plan of salvation from the beginning of time and throughout Scripture, into a tiny “nutshell” of a verse.
Think of it as the Gospel in miniature. It contains 25 words that summarize some of the most central doctrines, or principles, of the Christian faith – God loves … God gives … God’s Son … we believe … and … we live.
Now, I want to ask you a few questions:
What if this great verse were not true? What if God had not loved the world? What if God had not given His only begotten Son? What if God’s offer of salvation was not to the whosoevers? And, what if God’s offer of salvation was not based on faith alone?