Reimagine John 3:16

Millions have memorized this version based on 17th century English:

“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 ‭KJV‬‬

#ItSeensToMe...we are wise to #reimagine~ review and revise as we take outdated and misleading English handcuffs off Scripture.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

#1 - Not how much but how

>The first phrase of this scripture looks back in time; not how much in quantity.
>Verse 16 looks back to 3:14-15 and the example of Moses
>What God directed Moses to do to rescue his people is now how God’s love has come to rescue the human race. “This,” (Moses lifting up the pole) is now what God has done, how God has loved the world. Yes, God loves us “so much” (quantity) but God’s love is not merely emotional, it is actionable.

#2 - Love?

-How has God demonstrated love? God gave. An unearned  gift; amazing grace.
“But Christ proved God’s passionate love for us by dying in our place while we were still lost and ungodly!”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭TPT‬‬

#3 - Only Begotten?

>This does not indicate God had an offspring in heaven.

>The Scripture is not teaching polytheism.

>The word translated “only begotten” is composed of two words: “mono” (singular) and “genesis” (come to be)...indicating a being that is totally unique; a one-of-a-kind being.

>The author of this book, Jesus’s closest friend John, is telling us that God gave us a human being that was birthed by God. “What we mean is that God was in Christ, offering peace and forgiveness to the people of this world. And he has given us the work of sharing his message about peace.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:19‬ ‭CEV‬‬

#4 Son?

>God did not send a male offspring from heaven. God created a unique person to walk and talk, live and die, then rise and open the door to eternal life. That  person, Jesus, was a human being from Nazareth who was in dwelt with iGod in a unique, one-time-only, way.

>Jesus is the One  of God who singularity qualified to be God our Savior.

#5- Trinity?

>God is one but reveals Self as Soverigh God (uncreated Creator; originator (father) of all life), Savior God (took the form and flesh of a human to die for our sins), and Spirit God (resides in each person who trusts God for salvation). 

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