Friday, February 15, 2013

John 3:16, 6of7

~ Ultimate Good News ~

the good news:  John 3:16 contains the secret of true success.   

the bad news:  Many who quote John 3:16 have never appropriated its secret.

the good news:  You can find and enjoy true success.  Read John 3:16 below in its context.  Read with an open mind:

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?”

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that if [insert your name here] believes in Him [your name] should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn [your name], but that [your name] through Him might be saved.

If [your name] believes in Him [your name] is not condemned; but if [your name] does not believe [your name] is condemned already, because [your name] has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and [your name] loved darkness rather than light, because [your name] deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them and baptized. Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there.  And they came and were baptized (John 3:1-23).

the good news:  If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you are a new creation—not a revamped old model! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Now you have not only natural life from your natural birth but also spiritual life from spiritual birth.

the ultimate good news:  If you understand this passage and have asked Jesus Christ to save you—He has saved you! Welcome to the kingdom of God.

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~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW

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