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Monday, April 6, 2015

Getting Back to the Basics

In review of John 3:16 it says, “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.”

Bottom Line:
This is how God loved the world, he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

What this means to me:
God loved me so much that he gave up his one and only Son, so that when I believed in him that I would not perish but rather have an everlasting life.

God never wants me to doubt my or worry about my salvation. To settle the issue, I’ve got to get back to the basics. All great coaches focused on the basics. They never assumed anyone knew the basics.

The basics matter. So regarding the basics about Jesus, I can go back to John 3:16: “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” (KJV).
I can easily summarize the entire Bible in this one verse. It’s the Good News in a verse.

In fact, the very structure of the verse points to the Gospel. The verse is 25 words long. The middle word, the 13th word, is the word “Son.” That’s Jesus. The first 12 words are all about God; ”God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten.” The last 12 words are all about me; “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” This is a picture of the Gospel. The Bible says that God’s on one side, mankind is on the other, and Jesus Christ came to Earth to bring them together. He’s the bridge over troubled waters. He’s the mediator between God and man. Jesus came to bring God and us together.

And that’s the basics of the Gospel. That’s the most important message in the history of the world. God sent his Son to earth to bridge the gap between you and him.

Today I thank you God for providing me a way, even after my own rebellion and wanting to do things my way, a path back to you. One in which I can spend an eternity with you.

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