Condemned? Not Now!

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3.18

With such a cacophony of religious sounds crying out for our attention today, it is critical that we learn to apply truth where untruth wants to abound. In John chapter 3 the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus and the additional thoughts that John records are enough to settle any argument about who is saved and who is not. Most of us can quote John 3.16 and explain the “gospel in a nutshell” pretty easily. But we must not stop short of vs. 17-18: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” God’s purpose is sending Jesus was never condemnation, but always redemption. I think the most troubling thing for me is the response to the gospel that goes something like this: “That seems too easy. I’m just going to do my best and God will understand.” My response has always been, “The only thing God will understand is whether or not you have a relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ.”
Look at John’s words here: “he that believeth not is condemned already”. The unsaved person in not GOING to be condemned. He is ALREADY condemned. And why? “because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Christians, let’s be clear with the gospel. We don’t have to “explain” it. We just need to “tell” it. The Holy Spirit will always do His part. Just My Thoughts  …

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