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. John 3:16
Ask different Bible loving Christians which of the points in this verse are the most important. Some will say its God’s love, others will say it is our decision to believe, and still others will say it is eternal life. These are all wonderful answers to our question. But for me, it is when the Bible says “that He gave His only begotten Son.” A million times every day someone says the words I love you, and a nine tenths of a million times a day the one who hears it has to decide whether or not they believe it. The rest simply know that it is true with all their hearts. I am so thankful the Bible did not simply say, “For God so loved the world, whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God did not simply say the words “I love you,” He demonstrated His love in the most profound way imaginable in “that He gave His only begotten Son.” The Good News about Jesus Christ is a gift from beginning to end. From the moment we first believe until we see Him when He returns in glory and we receive eternal life. John 3:16 presents to us the best gift ever offered in all of Creation.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
A Gift can Never be Earned, Rather it is Given Freely!
I HEARD A STORY; I think it came from the North Country: A minister called upon a poor woman, intending to give her help; for he knew that she was very poor. With his money in his hand, he knocked at the door; but she did not answer. He concluded she was not at home, and went his way. A little after he met her at the church, and told her that he had remembered her need: “I called at your house, and knocked several times, and I suppose you were not at home, for I had no answer.” “At what hour did you call, sir?” “It was about noon.” “Oh, dear,” she said, “I heard you, sir, and I am so sorry I did not answer; but I thought it was the man calling for the rent.” Charles Spurgeon – All of Grace.
Many a poor woman knows what this meant. Now, it is my desire to be heard, and therefore I want to say that I am not calling for the rent; indeed, it is not the object of this website to ask anything of you, but to tell you that salvation is ALL OF GRACE, which means, free, gratis, for nothing.
We are not going to talk about law, and duty, and punishment, but about love, and goodness, and forgiveness, and mercy, and eternal life. Do not, therefore, act as if you were not at home: do not turn a deaf ear, or a careless heart. I am asking nothing of you in the name of God or man. It is not my intent to make any requirement at your hands; but I come in God’s name, to bring you a free gift, which it shall be to your present and eternal joy to receive. Open the door, and let my pleadings enter.
A Gift can never be Earned, However the Recipient can Refuse to Receive it!
Just as this poor woman who remained silent and hesitated the open the door of her home each and every one of us may choose to do the same. Every page of this website presents to you yet another marvelous gift offered by our gracious loving Savior. Each page contains an invitation to open your heart and receive yet another wonderful gift. This world has billions who are impoverished spiritually, who are in desperately of need of something to fill the void in our hearts. At this very moment the Lord is visiting the door of your heart, and He brings with Himself a welcoming basket full of the gifts your soul has been secretly longing for your entire life.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you will eat with me. Revelation 3:20