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We all talk in clichés to some degree, especially athletes. One cliché has multiple uses. When baffled by what is going on, we say, “What in the world?” When baffled as to reasons, we say “Why in the world?” When boggled by a task, we say, “How in the world?” Those cliches provide a outline for treating John 3:16.
I. What in the World?—“that He gave His only begotten Son.”
A. God is the giver.
1. It is none other than Almighty God Himself.
2. The Creator/Sustainer becomes the Redeemer.
B. Jesus is the gift.
1. Jesus is His Son.
2. When God gave the Son, He gave Himself.
3. “Only begotten”—emphasis is on only, not begotten.
C. The giving—Jesus was always the gift of God.
1. Gave Him when He laid salvation’s plan.
2. Gave Him when He came to earth.
3. Gave Him when He endured “such contradiction of sinners against Himself.”
4. Gave Him in the sufferings of the final week.
5. Gave Him on the cross.
II. Why in the World?—“For God so loved the world.”
A. Love is the nature of God.
1. God’s love springs from His very nature—“God is love.”
2. He loves because it is His nature to do so.
3. We need to stress this side of the Father.
B. Love meets the situation of the world.
1. It meets its incredible need.
2. It meets its enormous scope.
3. It meets our complete inability—there is nothing man could possibly do to satisfy God due to the very nature of God.
C. “He seemed to love us better than His only Son and did not spare Him that He might spare us.”
III. How in the World?—“that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
A. The key issues is belief: faith, trust, or reliance.
1. One must assent to the truth.
2. One must accept for one’s self.
B. The scope is “whosoever.”
1. It opens door for everyone.
2. It eliminates any limiting factor.
C. The result is:
1. Deliverance—should not perish.
2. Donation—everlasting life.
God gave His Son to die on the cross because of His great love and the world’s great need. This all fits together simply by belief. There are messages here: Do you have the gift of eternal life that God wants you to have? Are you sure of that possession as God wants you to be?