Salutations. I’m reading through most of the New Testament, chapter by chapter, and logging some of my thoughts here in my journal. I continue this study, looking at the message of Salvation and John the Baptist’s Testamony.
John 3 kicks off with Jesus holding a conversation with Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. Jesus spells out the need to be born again, and to walk in the light. More than any other verse, I quote John 3.16 the most. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” While we are judged by our deeds (which is also spelled out here), these passages make it plain that faith in Christ leads to salvation.
The chapter ends with John giving a wondrous testimony about Jesus. To me, it is clear that this was divinely inspired. John so eloquently puts into words his role on Earth. We are all here to glorify God, which is to say, “Less of me and more of Him!” This contrasts sharply with the humanistic message “Jesus wants to save you so you can go to heaven!”
I have a number of friends who believe in universalism…the idea that, eventually, all will be welcomed into the kingdom of heaven at some point, even if its at the lowest level. Yet, consider the last verse as John the Baptist wraps up his testimony, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”
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