There is a wonderful scripture we know and love among ourselves as Christians, something we share often with the world we hope to redeem from their sins. We share this scripture with the world because it appeals to their soft side, and because it reduces the chance of being attacked or be seen as aggressive.
But are we doing the work and will of the king when we share only a part of the truth, and are we telling the world what it truly means when the bible talks about God’s love, are we explaining what God’s love is toward us, and why he died for us?
Let us review the scripture we are talking about against the backdrop of the entire picture of salvation and why Christ came in the world to lay down his life for us, and why he allowed us to nail him to the cross, although, he could have called ten thousands of angels to rescue him from our hands.
The scripture we are talking about is John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. And reading this scripture, what do we see and recognize? We see that God loved the world, so much so, he gave his only begotten son to save the world, but do we also see the reason he sent his son?
We do not always explain the full story when we present the gospel, but here is what we do when we come across this verse. We take away from this verse that God loves the world, and we then ignore the why he sent his only son. Because if we are to look at the full story, we will see that it is because the world is perishing because God the Father has condemned the world to death, he sent his son to save those willing to accept his offer of mercy.
So, with this understanding, and looking at the full picture as to why God sent Jesus into the world, let us ask the question, “what does it mean when the bible speaks of God’s love?” Is it dealing with an emotional love as we have toward the opposite sex, or is it dealing with a friendship love we have toward one another?
Looking at why God sent Jesus into the world, we can conclude the love of God is neither emotional dealing with sexual love, neither is it the type of love that is pertaining to friendship as we have it today, God’s love is a caring love, he cares about our well-being, and because he cares, knowing he will judge sin, he is sending us a warning to repent so that he might forgive our rebellions.
As God, he cannot change, he has spoken the word, and so shall it be. God cannot lie, neither can he change his mind, once the word has left his mouth it shall be done, and so when he told Adam, Genesis 2:16-17 Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die.”
And when Adam ate from the tree and his rebellion was discovered, God put in motion the judgment he had announced should man rebel against his throne and authority. And what we have in the world today, is a great rebellion, man coming together to make war against God, in an attempt to take, or hold on to the throne of God.
But what is the warning from God? This is an old warning going all the way back to Genesis chapters two that found its way throughout the generations. Psalm 2:1-5 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, let us break their bands all together, and cast away their cords from us. But he that sits in the heavens shall laugh: The Lord shall hold them in contempt. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath and vex them in his sore displeasure.”
God will not change his mind toward judging the world, Isaiah told us, “The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”
And the judgment and the justice of the Lord is the wrath of God to come against the world, and because of this coming wrath, God sent his son into the world that he might save as many as will come to Christ. Therefore, John also wrote: John 3:18 He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Because of unbelief, the world will not prepare for the coming day of the Lord, they will continue to live their lives as if God will not judge the world because of God’s patience. They will continue to mock the saints of God sent to warn the world of this coming vengeance of God, and they will kill those standing firmly on the promise of God.
Matthew 24:3-8 The disciples came unto him privately, saying, tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceives you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
2 Peter 3:1-7 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
The heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. Why did God sent his son into the world, and what does it mean when the bible speaks of God’s love toward us? God sent his son to warn us and to provide for our forgiveness, and the love of God toward us is to save us from his wrath.