For God So Loved the
George D. Walker (dec)
I suppose that John 3:16 is read and reread, quoted, and
requoted more than all the other scriptures in the Bible,
yet, it is the least understood of all scriptures. The Text
says; 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.
I don't believe that any of us could have knowledge
concerning this verse without having some knowledge of the
first 15 verses in this third chapter of John. We as
Primitive Baptists have always believed that ye must be born
again. We find in the first 7 verses that this doctrine is
plainly taught. Verse 3 says; except a man be born again, he
cannot see the Kingdom of God. I want to purpose a question;
is it possible to believe in the name of Jesus Christ if you
have not been born again?
In verse 5 it says; except a man be born of water and of the
spirit he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. In verse 6
he points out that being born again is not of the flesh.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is
born of the spirit is spirit. That is, the spirit only comes
by the spirit, or the breeze or the breath of God gives
Then in verse 7 Christ says; the wind bloweth where it
listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not
tell whence it cometh, or whither it goeth; so is everyone
that is born of the spirit. So then, if the spirit is like
the wind that blows, and we cannot tell when it comes, or
where it goes, it stands to reason that we do not act in
order to get it. Christ was making a statement of fact, that
ye must be born again, and that this new birth comes only
from God, through the breath or spirit of God.
When a person is born again he possesses everlasting life;
that is, from that day forward his soul, or his spirit will
live forever. It will never die, our bodies will die, go
back to the earth from which it came, but the spirit and
soul will leave the body, ascend back to Christ and abide
until Christ comes again to redeem the bodies from the
earth. Then the spirit and soul will be reunited with the
body to live with Christ forever.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son. Can you think of anything greater than the love that
God had and has for his people? That he loved you so much
that he sent his only begotten Son to suffer, to bleed, and
to die upon that cruel tree of the cross. The just for the
unjust. The Apostle Paul says; when we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life. The word believeth comes from a Greek word
meaning as to have faith. In Galatians chapter 5, verse 21
tells us that faith is the fruit of the spirit. Therefore,
if a person is not born again, he cannot believe by faith,
because he does not possess the spirit. He does not possess
faith, and then if he does not possess faith he cannot
Do you realize that the faith that we have is not in
ourselves, but in him, that is in Christ Jesus. Then Christ
says; should not perish. He is telling us that our faith is
in Christ, and due to that we will never perish, or that we
will never be fully destroyed, but have everlasting life.
The words have, from the Greek means to possess. This is
telling us that we possess everlasting life, or eternal
life, or we will live forever.
The message of John 3:16 is not a condition placed upon man
to get born again, but rather a revelation to a believer
that he possesses eternal life. Life always precedes action.
This is the message of grace that comforts the sinner. This
is the work of God. The Holy Spirit applies this to the
There was a question asked in John 6:28; what shall we do,
that we might work the works of God? I wonder how much
thought was given to that question before it was asked? If
we would think about that for a moment, surely we would say
that we couldn't work the works of God. In verse 29 Jesus
answered them and said; this is the work of God that ye
believe on him whom he hath sent.
If you believe that Jesus is the Christ, that he is the
anointed one of God, that he was crucified for you, that he
died for you, that he was buried for you, and that he arose
again the third day for you, it is because God has performed
a work. God by his grace has had a divine influence upon
your heart, and it is reflecting in your life. That life in
you is eternal, it is everlasting, it is forever, and you
shall never perish.