Salvation Not Condemnation Is The Message

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God. The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who rejects the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.” John 3:17-18, 36 CSB


When Jesus came into the word, when God came into our world looking like one of us, He came to save, not condemn. This salvation was motivated by love and accomplished through the sacrificial giving of His life on the cross. Jesus, God, exchanged His perfect humanity for our imperfect humanity by being condemned for humanity’s sins on the cross as punishment for our disobedience to God. Now that He has come and gone through the resurrection from the dead, for man cannot possibly kill God, He has commanded all people everywhere to repent and be born again by faith, believing that He is and that He has come and will come again, and that He has accomplished what only He could do, that is our reconciliation with God. Those who believe, those who have received a pardon from God through Jesus, are now commanded to make known the love of God for the world, as evidenced by His appearing in Jesus and dying for humanity’s sins. The Church is not to condemn the world, for we too are sinners who should have been condemned, but to save the world by proclaiming Jesus the Savior just as we were saved by Jesus. We are saved from the condemnation of all those who reject Jesus, who refuse to acknowledge His person, His work, and His will for us. The Church is to serve sacrificially all of humanity to bring humanity to Jesus, but those in humanity who refuse this good news of God’s love remain condemned by God.

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