THE GREAT LOVE OF GOD
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John
all, notice that Jesus said that God loved the world so much and then “that
He gave His only begotten Son”; that shows that the love God manifested
toward the world involved an offering and a renunciation on the part of Him
(true love always involves renunciation) for He gave His Only Son, the One
whom God loved before the foundation of the world. Think of that, God loved His
Son before He came into this world; He loved Him, but for mankind’s sake He
gave Him. Why did He gave His own Son? He gave Him
in order to save man, for Jesus stated that He came into the world to save
the world (“And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not:
for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world” - John 12:47) by
giving His own flesh for the life of the world: “I am the living bread which
came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever:
and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of
the world” (John 6:51).
dwell briefly upon the spiritual condition of this world before God. Men are
on the way which leads to destruction: no matter what their race is, what
their social level is, and what their cultural level is, they are on the way
that leads to hell, for they are sinners, slaves of all kinds of fleshly
lusts, they are children of wrath by nature under the divine condemnation
because of sin, which entered the world by Adam, and by him it passed upon
all men. There is none righteous, no, not one, all men have together become
corrupt, there is no one who does good; that’s what the Word of God says. The
Word says also that their throats are open graves, their tongues practice
deceit, the poison of vipers is on their lips, their mouths are full of
cursing and bitterness, their feet are swift to shed blood, ruin and misery
mark their ways and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of
God before their eyes. These are hard and harsh words, yet they are perfectly
truthful, for they are written in the Word of God, which is truth. Whatever
the wise men after the flesh may say, facts confirm what the Word says about men.
The misdeeds of men are proof of their depravation, corruption, and evil
nature. And what is the end awaiting them after death, who
continually disobey God doing evil in His eyes? They will go to hell, an
awful place of torment in the hereafter where the souls of the wicked suffer
men need to be saved from this awful end, which is awaiting them after death.
But how can they be saved? The answer is this: by faith in the Son of God,
for Jesus said: “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life” (John
if you think that you can save yourself by your merits, by some righteous
deeds, you must understand that you are greatly mistaken. If it were possible
for you to be saved by good works, God would have given His Son in vain. In
other words, Jesus would have come to offer His flesh on the cross in vain.
If you could save yourself through sacrifices, mortifications, renunciations
and merciful deeds, the Gospel would not be the Good News able to save the
sinner, but simply a News without any saving power.
Grace would be set aside and man could boast about something before God for
he could say that he has saved himself by his sacrifices and renunciations.
Therefore, forsake this evil thought of your heart, humble yourself before
God repenting of your sins and believing with all your heart in Jesus Christ.
The fierce wrath of God which is upon you will be taken away by God and God
will give you eternal life. And when you die you will not perish with the
wicked, for God will bring you safely to His heavenly kingdom, where are the
saints of God.
you are, consider the great love that God manifested also toward you by
giving His Only Son for your salvation, consider what the God who created all
things did for the sake of His sinful creatures. Consider it and believe now
with all your heart in His Son to receive eternal life from His Hand.
spoken to you, do not harden your heart, but rather open you heart to receive
the love of the truth, which is in Christ Jesus, that you may be saved from