The Most Famous Verse in the Bible

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

This is probably the most famous verse in the entire Bible.  It is the first verse that many people memorized as a child.  It is a verse that is familiar even to people who do not go to church.  Any child that has gone to Sunday school or church at all is probably familiar with this verse.  There is a reason that it is probably the most famous verse in the Bible: it is a great verse that contains several great truths.  We will look at a few of those truths today.

In this verse, we have the extent of the love of God.  God’s love is not like man’s love – it is perfect.  God loved the world so much that He “gave his only begotten Son.”  If there is ever a time in your life when you feel “unloved” or are tempted to say “nobody loves me,” just remember this verse.  God Himself loves you so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on a cross for you.

We also have the plan of salvation.  “…that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  Verse 15 says the same thing, almost word for word.  Believing on the Lord Jesus Christ is the way of salvation.  It is the way to eternal life.  It is an escape from an eternal death.  All of this is available to us if we will only believe.  The way to salvation is to look to Jesus and believe on Him.

We finally see the results of God’s love for us and Jesus’ sacrifice for us when we believe on Him.  “whosoever… should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  Death is a frightful thing, but, through Jesus, we can conquer death.  Death has no hold on a believer.  The believer is in possession of everlasting life.

What a wonderful verse and what a wonderful Saviour!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Have you ever read 3:16 by Max Lucado, Ben? I really really loved that book! Thanks and God bless you!

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  2. I never have, but I have seen it. I’ll have to read it. Thanks!

    Reply

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