Part seven in a series of nine posts on John 3:16.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him…
Yesterday we focused on the invitation of the Gospel to whoever believes in him. Tonight, whoever believes in him.
John is saying is that the most important part of our belief, trust, and faith is its object. Salvation is not ours merely because we have “faith” (as the world says, you just gotta have faith). Rather, the Bible is clear that who we believe in is crucial. J. Gresham Machen writes in his book, What is Faith?:
Redemption was accomplished, according to the New Testament, by an event in the external world, at a definite time in the world’s history, when the Lord Jesus died upon the cross and rose again. It is Christ, therefore, very naturally, who is ordinarily represented as the object of faith. In the case of our relation to Jesus, we are committing to him the most precious thing that we possess – our own immortal souls. It is a stupendous act of trust. And it can be justified only by an appeal to facts.
We find these facts in the Bible, which makes the case that Jesus is the Son of God, the only one that can rescue us from hell, and deliver to us an eternity of enjoying him in the new heavens and the new earth. Join us tomorrow at Calvary Community Church, where we will hear Jesus explain this further to a Samaritan woman he meets at a well. In a seemingly topsy turvey conversation, he makes this abundant point clear – he is the only satisfaction for the parched souls of a lost world. Nothing else, and no one else, will satisfy.