For God So Loved the World
Recently I’ve been thinking about John 3:16 and how it relates to the ‘Great Commission‘ as it is known and taught in most Christian circles. I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that “All scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness: so that the servant of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16 NIV).
The Great Commission refers to Jesus commissioning His followers to reach the world with His teachings about salvation and eternal life by believing in Him. It says in John 3:16-17,
“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. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
The Great Commission can be found in each of the four Gospels and in many other places in the Bible. This means that it is an important Biblical teaching.
- Matthew 28:19,20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
- Mark 16:15 “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. . .”
- Luke 24:27 “repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem”.
- John 20:21b “as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”
“For God so loved the world”… These words are so profound. The Bible tells us that in the Lord’s prayer, in John 17:9, Jesus tells His Father that He prays for us, his disciples, who already believe in Him that we would be protected and be safe from evil. But Jesus also said, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” John 17:20-21. Jesus’ prayer was a prayer for unity among those who would believe in Him.
The main point I want to make is that the gospel of salvation is for all people in the world, not to be confined within the four walls of churches, or reserved for Christian believers only. I wonder how many Christian churches even make evangelism and mission and outreach work a priority in their church budgets. And I wonder how many folks are willing to be doers of God’s Word rather than hearers only. We who call ourselves Christians, who are to be the salt of the earth and light of the world have not done our jobs well when we consider the state our society, nation and world is in today. Jesus is the light of the world and we should be His light bearers.
“For God so loved the world”… How can the people in the world- in our community, state, nation and world know about God’s love if we don’t share the Gospel with them? The world needs JESUS, not man’s ideas and philosophies, outward forms of religiosity, denominationalism, traditions of man, programs and entertainment, etc. that divide us. Our prayer should be the same that Jesus prayed- that Love, Peace and Unity would prevail among ALL peoples. If we can learn to love one another as God loves, then there is hope for a better future for every man, woman, and child in this lost and suffering world.
I hope that I can do my small part to spread the message that “God so loved the world”. Since I started blogging a little over a month ago, I’ve reached viewers in the US, Canada, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Guatemala, New Zealand, UK, and India, with many more countries to go. Please reach out to others with the love of God and join me in the Great Commission by proclaiming, “God loves you. And I love you, too!”
Posted on July 2, 2012, in Enduring Love and tagged evangelism, God so loved the world, Great Commission, John 3:16, light of the world, Lord's prayer, missions, salt of the earth, salvation and eternal life, spreading the gospel, unity. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.