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Jesus is Superior, Pt. 7: Because Salvation Depends on Faith in Him

Rev. Enoch Thompson | March 4, 2024 | John 3:36



KEY VERSE:

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." John 3:36 (NIV)

 

MESSAGE:

God’s great deal is salvation and eternal life for the human soul, and we all need it. This salvation is based upon our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Our faith in Him spells eternal life, our rejection of Him spells the wrath of God. The Lord Jesus does not mince words about this claim to His unique role as Saviour. He spelt it out clearly with Nicodemus in John 3:14-18 (NIV).

¹⁴ Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, ¹⁵ that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. ¹⁶ "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. ¹⁷ For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ¹⁸ Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.


John the Baptist restates the fact so that in the mouth of two witnesses the matter might be settled. We must not place any spiritual or religious leader over and above the Lord Jesus because the eternal destiny of our souls is based on our belief in His person, His work, and Him alone.

 

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour and Lord? If so praise Him for the gift of eternal life. If not, please ask Him to save you and give you eternal life, now.

 

PRAYER:

Dear Lord Jesus, thank you that you died to save me from Satan’s kingdom of sin and to make me a child of God. You rose from the dead to give me the power to live the new life. Please help me to live the new life to your glory. For your dear Name’s sake, Amen.

 

THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSING.

SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: WRATH In John 3:36 (NIV), "wrath" (Greek: ὀργή, orgē) denotes God's divine judgment and displeasure toward sin and disobedience. It signifies the righteous indignation of God against all that is contrary to His holiness and righteousness.

The concept of God's wrath is found throughout the Bible, illustrating His justice and intolerance of sin. It is portrayed as a necessary consequence of violating God's moral order and rejecting His revealed truth. While God is loving and merciful, He is also just and cannot overlook sin indefinitely.

Those who reject the Son, Jesus Christ, and refuse to believe in Him are described as being under God's wrath. This indicates that they are subject to the divine judgment and condemnation that result from their unbelief and disobedience. The consequence of rejecting the Son is the forfeiture of eternal life and the continuation of spiritual separation from God.

Reflections:

How does understanding the concept of God's wrath affect your perception of sin and its consequences? How does it motivate you to seek reconciliation with God through faith in Jesus Christ?

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