Touchdown (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 3:16 is a verse of Scripture that we often see behind the goalpost at football games and other sporting events. I wanted to title this Bible byte “Touchdown” because John 3:16 is quite possibly the greatest event that has ever happened to (or for) the world.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world {i.e., the people in the world}, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Our goal is heaven and our final destiny is to be with God, enjoying our everlasting life! God has given eternal life to humanity who believe in the completed work of His son, Jesus Christ who died for our sins and made eternity a reality for us.

John 3:17 – For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him {through the accomplishments and completed work of Jesus Christ} might be saved.

God, in love, gave His son because His son, by his own free will, was not only willing to give his life for you and for me, but he indeed did give his life for you and for me. It was Jesus himself who spoke the verses above because he knew that it would take the love of God in himself to accomplish the task before him.

I John 4:10-12:
-10:  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation {the full payment} for our sins.
-11:  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
-12:  No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Jesus willingly gave himself for our sins. We currently also have the same love of God that Jesus Christ originally had when he gave himself for us. With this love applied in our lives, given to us by God (Romans 5:5), we can be assured of knowing and realizing that God Himself dwells in us. As we walk in the abundance of God’s love, we will literally show others the same love with which “God so loved the world.”

Your Best Is Enough (It Is Between You and Your Savior)

“The only real requirement for God’s children is that they try to the best of their ability to walk in love, and this takes living with the freedom for which Christ gave his own life. Like Jesus said to his disciples who were nitpicking about a faithful follower and what she was doing, Let her alone … She hath done what she could- Mark 14:6, 8. So long as we do what we can, then all is well, and really, who cares when people say otherwise?!” ~LMJ~

Only You!

“For you ― Jesus died! For you ― Christ was raised! For you ― Christ intercedes at the right hand of God in heaven until you personally arrive! For you ― God sent His only begotten Son! Oh, yes ― indeed God did this ― for you! Just how valuable are you to God and Christ the Lord? If it was only you in this whole wide world that was going to believe, Jesus would still have offered himself, for that was the will of God, so that you could enjoy the new man (Christ in you- Colossians 1:27) in your life with His ever-renewing love, now and for all eternity!” ~LMJ~

Knock, Knock – Faithogram

“Faith believes the Word of yourself, faith delivers to you the promises of God; faith is the power of Christ manifested in your life! This is why I Corinthians 2:5 boldly proclaims, That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. We Christians have the same spirit of faith– II Corinthians 4:13, to believe that we are filled with all the fulness of God– Ephesians 3:19. Talk about ease of believing ― Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith– Hebrews 12:2, and all we have to do is open the door, I {Jesus} stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me Revelation 3:20.” ~LMJ~

Testing – Testing, One, Two, Three

“Have you ever wondered, how can I know for certain if I completely love God, and how will God know that I do love Him? Well, the Bible has a test that will prove your love for God to your heart’s content, and the answer to this assessment is the next two verses:

John 4:20-21:
20: If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21: And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Whenever we actually reach out with God’s love to others, we may prove to ourselves that we indeed love our God, and as well, this is how we know and believe the compassionate love God has for us individually!” ~LMJ~