The Gospel in One Verse

I heard someone talking about John 3:16 the other day, and wanted to share a few brief points from it. These are not theological in nature, but just some interesting quirks specifically to the English NIV translation… it’s more interesting than I’ve just made it sound!

John 3:16 is arguably one of the most well known verses in the Bible, and the New International Version renders it as follows:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV #Bible #Jesus #Gospel #Christianity

Did you know this is the Gospel in one verse? It sets out the fact that God was not content to let the world be destroyed as a consequence of sin, but instead gave His Only Son to save it.

If you write the verse out acrostically, you can read it as:

For:

  • God so loved the world, that He gave His
  • One and only
  • Son, that whoever believes in Him will not
  • Perish, but have
  • Eternal
  • Life

It’s a bit clunky perhaps, but a nice little nugget none the less!

You can also break this verse into three parts.

  1. For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only
  2. Son
  3. That whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life

Section 1 is all about God and section 3 is all about us. What bridges the gap between us and God is section 2 – namely, Jesus Christ the Son of God.

Sin has separated us from God. We were born as sinners, and our thoughts, words and actions confirmed this. Our sin cannot co-exist with God’s holiness. God is on one side of the divide and we are on the other. We cannot hope to cross the gap as will never be able to meet His perfect standards. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ however, who gave us the precious gift of His very own Son to live and die for us. He paid the penalty for our sin once and for all, and by accepting this gift, we can go free and have complete access to God. We are made holiness because of Christ’s holiness.

If you know the Lord Jesus, then praise God this weekend for that fact. If you do not, and you yearn for your sin to be washed away, then waste no time and ask God to forgive you and accept His Son into your life. For more information about how to do that, do get in touch with me and I’d be glad to help you.

12 thoughts on “The Gospel in One Verse

  1. I never thought about this verse in such a way! Jesus Christ bridging the gap between humanity and God is certainly the bible summed up in one verse! Thanks for sharing. God bless

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