John 3:16 – What it Means and Why it Matters

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. -John 3:16

This seems to be possibly the most famous Bible verse ever. Wrongfully so too, because it is a message that can be muddled and twist the very foundations upon which the Bible stands. Let’s look  at the first words:

“For God so loved the world…” 

Can you see how this statement can be misconstrued? Not yet? Well, let’s dive deeper. Firstly, God is not saying he loves the world in that verse, rather that He loves the people “OF” the world.

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.

The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. -John 2:15-17


As you can see, God clearly discourages loving this world because it is full of all sorts of Evil; the lusts, rage, theft, ect. What God is trying to say with that statement is that He loves both you and me (our Souls), not the inanimate objects, and certainly not any foul thing from the body. How can a Man who gave up the entire world when offered it by Satan, love it so…

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4:8-9


..And God declined because He knew that his kingdom is in Heaven and this world serves only as his footstool. -Isaiah 66:1

Now let’s look at the second line:

“that he gave his only Son…

The Bible teaches us that we are all sons and daughters of God. He created us the same way he created the Holy Spirit, which is in Jesus Christ. We must remember that Jesus Christ is truely his only Begotten Son, meaning he was brought forth through reproduction directly because of Gods actions; and is the only one who can ever claim this. But it doesn’t change the fact that we are all God’s children.

Let’s look at the rest of it, as this part is mainly what inspired me to write this blog:

“that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Does this mean that believing Jesus Christ is God, just believing in Him is enough? The answer is a resounding NO! For certainly every demon and even Satan himself have proof that Christ is God. Do you think they will be saved come judgement day? They believe in God, don’t they? In fact they have more proof of God than you or I. No, what that verse is really trying to say is that if you choose to believe in him, it might inspire you to try to live your life as best as possible and follow the words of the Bible.

So this is a message to all those out there who think they can do whatever they want because they “just” believe, or even that they are going to believe because they have nothing to lose by choosing to; and yet don’t try to build that relationship with God. You are doing it wrong!

I would like to wish the blessings of God upon all of my readers. This is my first blog post! If you would like to hear more about what I have to say, feel free to follow me on Twitter. @WordOfGodWrite

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