Monday, October 06, 2008

Saved Through Him

October 6: John 2-4

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
John 3:16-21

13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”
John 4:13-15

Saved Through Him

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

Early on in Jesus' ministry He makes His purpose clear; He was here to save a people for Himself. Would everyone flock to Him? As an explanation, this passage gives three contrasts: condemnation and no condemnation, light and darkness, and thirst and no thirst.

Christ did not come to this earth to condemn it, but knowing the heart of man, He knew some would willingly choose condemnation!

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

When light came into this world, why did not everyone run to this glorious light? Sadly, people loved the darkness which hid their evil deeds.

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.

Surely, people would choose to drink everlasting water which would become a spring of water welling up in them to eternal life, would they not?

What about today; it has been 2000 years since Christ walked as a man upon this earth. In all of this time, surely we have seen the condemnation, the darkness, and the thirst, and have made better choices, have we not?

The Bible tells us that the path to destruction is wide, but the road to eternal life is narrow. So few are truly saved through Him, and yet the offer is still there. Christ did not come to this earth to condemn it, but He came to give His life to save a people who had no ability to save themselves. Saved through Him: it is the only way!

God Bless You,
Linda

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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