Each week this year, I am challenging myself to memorize a Scripture verse (or verses). This week’s verses are John 3:16,17.
In these verses… just these 2 verses… we learn some important things from the cross…
1. The world was (is) in a ruinous, condemned state… destined to perish everlastingly; and was totally without power to rescue itself from destruction.
2. God, through the impulse of His eternal love, provided for its rescue and salvation, by giving His Son to die for it.
3. The sacrifice of Jesus was the only means by which the redemption of humanity could be effected. The sacrifice of Jesus is absolutely sufficient to accomplish God’s gracious purpose: for it would have been inconsistent with the wisdom of God to have appointed a sacrifice greater in itself, or less in its merit, than what the urgent necessities of the case required.
4. Sin must be an indescribable evil… because it required no less a sacrifice, to make atonement for it, than God manifested in the flesh.
5. No person – man, woman, boy, or girl – is saved through this sacrifice unless he/she believes. One “believes” by trusting/accepting for oneself what God has spoken concerning Christ, His sacrifice, the reason it was offered, and the way in which it is to be applied in order to become effectual.
6. Those who believe receive a double benefit:
– They are exempted from eternal separation from God – that they may not perish.
– They are brought to eternal glory – that they may have everlasting life.
These two benefits point out the state of man apart from salvation: he is guilty, and therefore exposed to punishment: he is impure, and therefore unfit for glory.
I’m sure there are many other lessons we might learn from these 2 verses… but these will certainly do for now!