~ Selected 3:16 References From Scripture ~
A Mini-Bible Course: Basic truths from the Word of God.
1. True for everyone:
The Straightforward Truth ~ “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that those who believe in Him will not perish but live forever with God” (John 3:16).
Faith is the Key to Eternal Life ~ “Faith in Jesus’ name put this man, whose condition you know so well, on his feet—yes, faith and nothing but faith healed this man and made him totally healthy right in front of your own eyes” (Acts 3:16).
Mysteriously Simple but Complex ~ "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).
The essential elements of the Good News are easily grasped, but a lifetime of studying the Word of God will not allow assimilation of all of God’s truth.
2. True for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior:
Truth has Been Given to Us for Application ~ “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
God Lives Within to Guide You ~ “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).
God’s Word Imparts Divine Wisdom ~ “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).
Godly Wisdom Produces Results ~ “Long life is in her [Wisdom’s] right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor” (Proverbs 3:16).
God’s People Enjoy Each Other’s Company ~ “Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In His presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared Him and always thought about the honor of His name” (Malachi 3:16).
There Are Two Baptisms ~ “John answered, saying to all, ‘I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire’” (Luke 3:16).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW