GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD? – Pastor Emmanuel Iren

(A brief commentary on John 3:16)

The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is the single highest demonstration of the love of God ever. So much that Paul says: “He that spared not his own son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”.

Romans 8:32. In the death of Christ, we see the highest demonstration of the love of God. If he gave us Christ, what will he withhold?
Our conviction of God's love, therefore, need not be subject to our see-saw emotions. Click To Tweet
We may not always feel loved but we can always know that we are loved. Why? We see the love of God in the death of Christ. This is repeated time and again in the bible. Let’s read:

“GOD shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8

“By this, we know love, that he laid down his life for us…” 1 John 3:16.

Now to the least obvious of them: “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” John 3:16

This is the same thought corroborated here. The expression: “God SO loved the world…”, is old English way of saying: “This is how God loved the world…”. ‘SO’ doesn’t describe the intensity of God’s love (even though God indeed loves us very much) but the demonstration of God’s love. Replace ‘SO’ with ‘By This’ and you’d get the point.

“God by this love the world: He gave his only BEGOTTEN son that whosoever believes in him should not perish…”. John 3:16.

OR put thus

“God gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish…; God BY SO DOING loved the world”.

Why is this important? It shifts your mind from the mere emotional revelation of God’s love (As many have been found saying God sooooo loved the world) to the practical demonstration of God’s love.

All texts quoted actually have the same message;
God loves me
He proved it on the cross
My emotions about his love may shake
The demonstration of his love remains unchanged
God loves me
I’d never doubt it

Praise God!

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Emmanuel Iren is the Lead Pastor and Founder of Celebration Church International, where he lives out his ultimate passion to see people established in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. He also oversees two other ministerial expressions namely, Manifest Bible Course- an interdenominational bible training school and Triumph30 devotional - a daily devotion platform setup to help people develop a culture of devotional prayer and bible study.
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