“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.”
John 3:16. Why is it so hard
to see the simplicity in this verse? Just about everyone it seems is able to
quote it from memory, but not many actually understand the content. God loves
each and every human being on this planet and He always has. Before He laid the
foundation stone of the earth He had already designed the way of salvation for
all His creation. The fact that He allowed His only begotten Son to be the
payment for the sin of the world was not an afterthought. Why is it so difficult
for people grasp what God is telling us in the above verse? Believing the truth
of what Jesus did for us is all it takes for God to see us as His children.
Whosoever believeth in him.
Believing is the key which unlocks the doors of Heaven for everlasting life –
eternally secure in the hands of our Savior.
provided the way for everyone to receive everlasting life, and He did so with
simplicity in mind. But, God has given us each the freedom to choose – to choose
either life or death. He knew, before we exited our mother’s womb, how hard
headed and stiff necked we would turn out so He compensated, He designed the
plan of salvation in a way that would be easily accessible to all. Please don’t
misunderstand, for God Himself there was nothing simple about planning and then
watching the death of His only begotten Son. Providing the
way had to be hard even for God.
Watching while Jesus was spit upon, slapped, mocked, ridiculed, scourged, and
finally nailed to that cross to die would have been anything but simple for the
Father. The simplicity I’m speaking of is how easy God made it for us to simply
say yes to His Son, Jesus the Christ, and obtain what we clearly don’t deserve.
Salvation is free for the asking. Believe, ask, and then receive God’s free gift
of salvation – what could be simpler?
asks of us is to believe. There are no works involved. We don’t have to provide
any proof of who we are, we don’t have to perform any religious tricks, or
follow a set of rules and regulations to receive God’s free gift. Ya get it?
It’s free for anyone who believes. Yet we see that many Christian organizations
want to add to the simplicity of what Jesus did for us on that cross. All manner
of works related faith programs are being espoused these days to create an
atmosphere of difficulty – and in many cases are impossible to comply with. Just
like the leaders of the Israelites adding over 600 laws to keep their people in
line, we see many Christian based organizations following in Pharisaical
footsteps lording over the laity (the nothings) with works and rules for
obtaining and keeping their salvation. This was not the intent behind the cross
How much more simple could God have made it?
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever
shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Acts 2:21. I believe, yes Lord Jesus I believe in
what you did for me on that cross. At the very instant that our mind begins to
formulate those words we become born again, born from above, from God. God sees
into our hearts and He hears our very thoughts, so He knew our words before they
even came out of our mouths. Actually, God knew who would say yes to His son and
who would say no long before any human habitation of earth.
us in His word (the Bible) that Jesus (His only begotten Son) died on a cross
and was buried. That He (Jesus) was three days and three nights in the grave and
on the third day He rose from the grave. This is what God says we must believe
in order to receive His free gift of salvation. There is nothing else for us to
do but believe in order to receive that free gift. All God asks of me and you is
to believe in order to freely obtain everlasting life. Does that sound simple to
you? Doesn’t accepting the gift of salvation God gives us freely seem easy to
you? Yes? Then why do so many people try to make it so difficult?
in the Son is the key to everlasting life, and it’s not difficult to believe in
Jesus because it’s not difficult to believe truth. There is also simplicity in
believing lies and we must be careful to always see lies for what they are,
attacks by the enemy. There are many things that are difficult in this life;
loving others with the same agape love by which God loves all of us can be very
difficult, and at times it may seem impossible. But when speaking about God’s
free gift of salvation there is nothing that can take on a more simplistic tone
than to simply believe. How hard is it to believe in a Creator who loves us and
wants only to have a relationship with us? It’s not hard at all, unless of
course we’ve been taught that there is no God. Then we would certainly find
believing in something that we were taught doesn’t exist far from simple. But
God does exist and He’s proved it time and time again. With every new day we’re
confronted with God’s majesty. With every night’s sky we’re confronted with
God’s plan of salvation in the stars.
seeing God’s creation, no one in their right mind can conclude that there is no
God, not if they’re being completely honestly that is. After seeing His creation
and determining that He is and that He must be an awesome and powerful God,
reality eventually sets in. At which point saying yes to Jesus Christ becomes a
simple statement of faith “I believe”.
“What about asking for forgiveness – repenting – and
turning from our sinful lives?” Now you’re talking about sanctification which
comes after we are justified (saved). The sanctification process is ongoing and
will last until the day we die or until the rapture, at which point we will then
be glorified. I’ve mentioned this in another commentary but I’ll repeat myself
here for clarification. God’s plan is a three tier process. First we begin with
Justification which is
a done deal at the point in time when we first say “Yes Jesus, I believe”. The
second part of the process is Sanctification;
this can be the longest part of the three tier process, but it is God who does
all the work here. He works on our hearts, convicting us of sin so we will begin
to move away from what we were once involved in. During this process God is
reforming us into the exact likeness of His Son, Jesus. It’s actually God who
moves us away from sin by convicting – sort of like when a child gets too close
to the edge the street. We call them back or we go get them. God does the same
thing with those who are His children. The process of sanctification will take
the rest of your life. Lastly, in this three tier process, is
Glorification. We receive our
glorified bodies and live with God for eternity.
The simplicity in believing in what Jesus did for us on
that cross and then through His resurrection takes faith in God. We must believe
that God loves us, and that He loves us so much that He’d send His perfect Son
to take our punishment, to die in our stead. Believing this truth is the only
way of salvation. Yes it’s simple; it’s just hard for those who’ve been taught
in school or at home that there is no God. I can understand how hard believing
in the death, burial, and resurrection of a supposedly nonexistent God would be.
The simplicity comes when we are assured through the mountains of proof that
exist everywhere we look that all we see must have been intelligently designed
and that that designer is our Creator God, Jesus the Christ.
“Because that which may be known of God is
manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of
him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the
things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are
without excuse:” Romans 1:19-20.
The fact is we are without any excuse for rejecting the truth which points to a
loving God who does exist and who did die for His creation.
Really, the free gift that God offers is simply just that,
a free gift. We can argue with God all day about how we feel that we should be
required to do something to earn His free gift, that it is just too important to
be so freely given. But at the end of the day Jesus said “Then
said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus
answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him
whom he hath sent.” John 6:28-29.
Believe on Him (Jesus the Christ) whom He (God) hath sent. How much simpler
could God have made it? Remember the decision to die for His creation was made
before mankind was created. The simplicity surrounding the decision to say yes
to Jesus Christ has been given to us by God. Will you accept His free gift or
will you reject it? Simple question.
in Jesus as Lord and Savior is easy, it’s just hard for those who wish to
continue in their rebellion to God. And there will always be those works based
Christians who insist on placing a massive yoke around the necks of those who
want nothing more than a relationship with their Savior God. But hard hearts can
be melted, and the works based deceived individuals can be set free. Just a few
kind words from a follower of Jesus Christ can move mountains if we will only
speak the words. This too is a simple thing, it’s made difficult by people who
think some kind of reprisal will be forthcoming once the subject of Jesus Christ
is broached. Believe it or not, many times people put on a hard shell but
underneath there’s a Christian trying to come out (I was one of those). All they
need is to hear a little truth and voila another dead person comes alive. The
shell is broken and underneath that hard shell was another follower of Jesus
Christ whose been dying to get out.
The truth is God does love every one. And His love is the
same for each of us. “Then Peter opened his
mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”
Acts 10:34. God doesn’t want
any of His creation to perish. “The Lord is
not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is
longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all
should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9.
Salvation is simple, God made it simple. Why? Because He
loves us with a love we can’t even come close to comprehending. But we can
understand “…that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish…” John 3:16b.
Believing in Jesus as our God and Savior is all it takes to gain everlasting
life; Jesus paid the price, we in turn have nothing to pay. It’s simple when you
really think about it. We were all perishing at one time until we said yes to
Jesus Christ and believed on Him. Simple isn’t it? We humans make it hard but
God designed it to be as a simple as a walk in the park. Everlasting life – all
we need do is believe in the one who gives us that life, Jesus the Christ,
Creator of Heaven and earth.
God bless you all,
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