John 3 16
Rev. Thomas E. Walker
May 9, 20004
“Help me with my Understanding”
We find Jesus still talking with Nicodemus about this issue of being born again. It is beyond human understanding of how a person can be born a second time. It is also beyond human understanding how God can be a man. It is also beyond our understanding that God would come into flesh to become the son of God that represented his humanity and humility. And then that he would be beaten and killed that every human that believed that Jesus died for him or her would have everlasting life. One thing I must remind you of this one thing God says: "“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. " (Isaiah 55:8-9, NKJV) [i] It is beyond our understanding
It is the mind of God that he loves his creation so much that he would lay down his life for us, so we would not die and go to hell. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8, NKJV)
God wants to love the hell out of you. He does not want you to die and go to hell but live eternity forever with him. This is what you must understand, that God gave it all so that we could live it all. Life starts with the love of God. God loved us while we were still sinning that he gave us the only begotten son that we may have everlasting life and His love for us cost him the blood of his son.
I. For God
a. Is a marker for showing cause or reason for something, also, to explain or infer something, even to show continuation[ii]
b. Jesus is establishing the Authority of God, he is explaining his Deity and how God is in control.
c. Deity says that it has control over everything and all things
d. It did not say for Man, for my boss, or for my Pastor, but for God.
e. What did God do that showed his Authority?
f. He loved.
g. Let’s look at the kind of Love he displayed.
h. It is agapo not agape
i. Agape is a brotherly type of love.
j. Agapo is a love that is shown love, demonstrate love, Action. It means everlasting love, this is where we get the idea of unconditional love
k. God shows his Authority and Deity that he can and will demonstrate his love which is the ultimate love but will also love us in a special way.
l. It is in the Aorist, active, Indicative
m. He Loved the World; the Kosmos where we get the English word cosmetic from to put in order.
a. God planed to gave he son to die.
b. This word gave is the word to give a gift to someone
c. He gave us the perfect gift, his only begotten Son
d. The son is just like the Father. My wife when she gets mad at me she calls me by our sons name.
e. God is always aware of what we need
f. If you have a need God makes ways that they can be met, the problem is that we don’t understand the way he works.
g. God is not a lucky charm, that we think about when in need.
h. The whosoever is the non-believer, at one time in your life you were in the whosoever group.
i. We as believer are no longer included in that whosoever group. But are in the who group, Paul says “what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power" (Ephesians 1:19, NKJV)
a. 166 αἰώνιος [aionios /ahee·o·nee·os/] adj. From 165; TDNT 1:208; TDNTA 31; GK 173; 71 occurrences; AV translates as “eternal” 42 times, “everlasting” 25 times, “the world began 5550” twice, “since the world began 5550” once, and “for ever” once. 1 without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be. 2 without beginning. 3 without end, never to cease, everlasting. [iii]
b. He has a place appointed for you, where you will spend eternity.
c. Do you understand yet, Hell is not the place you want to be.
d. God wants you to live, just like he wanted his son to live.
e. Because of his love he die so that you can live.
f. If you don’t know Jesus, he is the one that was kill on Calvary Mountain top
g. That you may live forever.
[i] The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1996, c1982.
[ii]Swanson, James. Dictionary of Biblical Languages With Semantic Domains : Greek (New Testament). electronic ed., GGK1142. Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997.
adj adj: adjective
TDNT Theological Dictionary of the New Testament
TDNTA Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Abridged in One Volume
AV Authorized Version
[iii]Strong, James. The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible : Showing Every Word of the Test of the Common English Version of the Canonical Books, and Every Occurence of Each Word in Regular Order. electronic ed., G166. Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship., 1996.