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.
Everlasting life must be the most wonderful gift that can be given. Can anyone imagine that? What a blessing it is for one to know that, no matter what happens, they will never die. Only God can offer the gift of eternal life, and that offering has come at His expense, He paid for it. You see, when God created mankind He created him in His own image. This means that man was sinless, perfect, and righteous in the eyes of God, at that time. Soon man sinned against God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). This sin left man in a sad situation. Since he had disobeyed the commandments of God, mankind had become sinful, imperfect, and unrighteous, in the eyes of God.
Mankind’s sinful nature left him unable to please God. God is perfect. He has never sinned, and cannot stand the sight, sound, or smell of sin. God loves the sinner, but He hates the sin. Because of God’s intolerance for sin, and man’s sin nature, a barrier or veil now separated God from man. This veil prevented man from approaching God and from having fellowship with Him. It also kept man from being able to live eternally. Sinful man has passed this sin nature, and separation from God, along to every human who has ever been born (Romans 5:12). Being born with this sinful nature is not one’s own fault. It is, however, a fact.
Here are the facts concerning John 3:16. The facts consist of the why, what, and who.
In this verse the apostle John, through inspiration of the Holy Ghost, said, “For God so loved the World…” This could be the most amazing fact of this verse and of one’s life. Even though man sinned against God, God still loves man. The “why” of this beloved verse is because God so loved the World. The little word “so” has a gigantic meaning in this context, as it tells of the magnitude of God’s love. God loves mankind more than we can ever imagine.
• If a painter could ever create an image as beautiful as God’s love, human eyes could never transpose the beauty of that image to the brain.
• If a writer could take pen and paper and attempt to define God’s love, there would never be sufficient space to depict the depth thereof.
• If a check were written which was as valuable as God’s love, all of the banks in the entire World would never be rich enough to cash it.
Why, because God loved the World so very, very much.
So, if God loved mankind this much, and if God could never accept man in his sinful condition, what would He do? With man in his sinful state and God loving, and caring for man as He did, something had to be done. What would it be? Man could do nothing. He was powerless to change himself; he was totally unrighteous to God, and becoming anything else was beyond his control. What could be done? The “what” of John 3:16 is found in the answer to this question; the verse states”…that He gave His only begotten Son…” God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost make up what is called the Trinity. God, as He exists in the Trinity of the Godhead, has always been and always will be. He is the Alpha and the Omega; the Beginning and the End. As God loved the World, so sent He His Son; mankind will never, in his finite mind, comprehend God’s love or His miraculous Gift. Because man was sinful, and could not redeem himself from his sin, he could never remove the veil of separation which existed between sinful man and righteous God. So, God gave His Son as an offering for man’s redemption. Redemption for man’s sinful nature could only be provided through a sinless, perfect, and righteous sacrifice. The only One who met this condition was God, and more specifically God the Son. What God required of sinful man, only God could provide, and that is just what He did.
What would God be willing to do? He gave the Best that He had, His Son – a part of Himself — to pay for man’s worst, his sin.
To whom does this verse apply? Whosoever will, “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” There are numerous passages throughout the King James Bible which address exactly who is entitled to God’s love and God’s Gift. These passages contain such words as all, whosoever, as many as, and the whole world and serve to explain the “who” of John 3:16; “who” means everyone who believes in the Son. Whosoever believeth in Him, the “Him” of this phrase is Jesus Christ.
The Son of God came down from Heaven and was manifested in the form of a man. This man was born in a stable and laid in a manger; He lived as a sinless child and grew into manhood. As a man, Jesus preached salvation, by grace, through faith; performed miracles, healed the sick, restored sight to the blind and made the lame to walk. He was more than just a man; Jesus was the God-man. Jesus was also a Gift, given to man, as redemption for their sin. He lived on Earth for approximately thirty-three years; He then laid down His life. He was crucified on a cross, on Golgatha’s Hill, just outside the city of Jerusalem. His body was laid in a borrowed tomb and the tomb was sealed with a stone. Jesus came forth, bodily, from the tomb on the third day, walked the earth forty-days, was seen by over five-hundred people and then ascended back into Heaven. Jesus now sits at the right hand of God, making intercession for His own. One day soon, the trumpet of God will sound and Jesus will return to gather “whosoever believeth” unto Himself, for all eternity.
“Whosoever believeth in Him”, the “who” is anyone who will. Color, nationality, nor social standing factor into this equation; eternal life is offered, freely to all. All who will believe in Jesus, that is. The word “believeth” used here, is taken from the Greek word pisteuo (pist-yoo’-o). This word provides a Biblical understanding of what is meant by believing in Jesus. It is to put one’s trust in Him and to depend solely upon Him for salvation.
Who can have everlasting life? All who will put their trust in Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God.