“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
Today’s text is unarguably the most popular bible verse in the world. But I dare say it is not fully understood by many who can quote it by heart. The phrase, ‘For God so loved the world’ has been used by many to refer to the intensity of God’s love. In other words, God’s love for the world was ‘so much.’ Don’t get me wrong, God’s love for the world is intense, but that is not the context here.
To better understand the text, we can paraphrase it thus: ‘God loved the world in this way…he gave his only begotten son’ or ‘God showed his love for the world in this way, he gave his only begotten son.’ In fact this rendition is mirrored several times in the New Testament.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8).
“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren”(1Jn 3:16).
The three verses point to one thing: God’s demonstration of His love for you. God showed his love to the world by sending Jesus to die for our sins. That is the true context of God’s love. Regardless of what you might be going through, your feelings or circumstances, your faith in God’s love will remain unshaken when you stand strong in the consciousness that he sent his son to die in your place so you can have eternal life.