For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6



John 3:16-21

   16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 "For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."

   This text begins with the so-called "little Bible" - John 3:16 - which we so quickly believe that we can.

   It lies after all in the expression "the little Bible" that here is the whole Script’s doctrine and main point expressed in this one verse. Here is God, His gracious temper and kind heart towards man expressed in words. Here is both the Father and the Son revealed unto us.
   The Father was, in his love for us, willing to sacrifice - give - His Son in our place. And that not because we were good, pious and god-fearing, but while we still were "
the world."

   The Son on His aspect was willing to be offered. He was obedient until death, yes the death on a cross.
(Phil. 2:8).

   Here is also revealed our position as human being, we are, and we will be lost. And here is our salvation from the perdition revealed - it is by faith in Him whom the Father gave in our place, and about whom it is written that He "gave Himself for our sins." (Gal. 1:4).
   Yes, precisely for our
sins! What could possibly shut you out then? It is surely not your sins, because Jesus gave Himself for them. They are fully paid for by His blood.
   Now you see, you who believe that it is the Word of God - Gods speech - unto you, you have in front of you, that here is written: "
God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him." (v.17). The world, that is you!
   God did not send Jesus to condemn you. You see, it is not Jesus‘
job to condemn you - you are after all already doomed/lost because of the sin. Now He has quite a different service, given Him by God, and that is to save you. And then not by some peculiar intervention within you, that shall change – still less "Christianise" - you as person, but by this that He gave Himself as payment for your sins.
   As this begins to dawn within your heart, you are getting to see this peculiar, but divine truth, that you
are saved in Him.
is to believe in Jesus! This is the saving faith - the one that saves from the perdition and leads you into fellowship with God where you can see Him who has given Himself for your sins, who has put things straight for you and written paid with his own costly blood.

   Yes but I'm so deeply depraved! You should only know.
   He gave Himself for your
sins! God gave his Son precisely so that you might not perish. You can never ever be any better Christian in God’s eyes than what you are by Jesus’ act.

   The devil is leading on a dreadful play with us people here, by his servants, by making us believe that we must save ourselves, by our self-improvement. And to give this a particular spiritual impress, and even a suspicion by "grace," he preaches that God has opened possibilities for us, for whoever truly wants - an open door into God’s power sources, so we can be standing by virtue of that.
   This is in the reality nothing but to, by God’s help be saved by d
oing what the Law says, and God’s salvation has with that become naught for you. ""I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly." (Gal. 2:21). "- then Christ died needlessly." Consider that - in vain!
   If you should believe that this, the devils heresy is a rare product in our "evangelic" country, then you have scarcely kept yourself posted lately.

   When it comes to your salvation, my friend, it stands and falls with one sole thing, your relationship with Jesus‘ act to our salvation.
   This God’s love for us people is revealed unto us here - preached unto us clearly: "It cost the precious blood of Christ to save me one day." (From Norw. songbook).
   For you, the sinner, the Father gave the dearest He owned, and Jesus was willing to die in your place so that you should live by Him. They have both suffered! Therefore this is a great earnestness if you reject it. "You
has already been judged!" (v.18).
   Lost, but now not because of your sins, but because of your rejection of God’s salvation - the ultimate sin according to Jesus' word: "And He (the Holy Spirit), when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me." (John 16:8-9). And, as this text also says: "
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light," and this again has one quite particular reason: "for their deeds were evil." (v.19).

   It is not our matter to stamp and condemn people as dishonest, but the Word of God is perfectly clear on this - there is no honest reason to reject the Gospel! God shall, as we are seeing, according to this word, confront each of these with the truth one day: You loved the darkness above the light! That is why you did not want to hear and believe!

   If one wishes to be in the darkness - the dimness - because it is something there one loves, one will naturally hate the light, which both will unveil and deprive you of what you have there.
   If you replace the word,
light, with clarity, e.g. you will see the reason for those often, endless discussions and irrelevant remarks. It is a clarity one does not wish to get at - one "will not come to the Light." (v.20). The light feels threatening - one hates it - it is troublesome - it gives a discord and uneasiness – it is disturbing.
   And when you then know,
who this light is, you will also see this truth clearly revealed in how Jesus ended His life in this world of darkness.

   The light, which is spoken about here, is a person, Jesus Christ, He who said about Himself: "I am the Truth!"
   But it is also the truth when it sounds here: "
He who believes in Him is not judged." (v.18a).

   Then why has so many who profess themselves to Jesus and His act to salvation also so often an accusation in their inner - a gnawing uneasiness and constant discord, an almost constant feeling of being unworthy in relations to the name as a Christian one professes
clings to Him, and knows no other rescue when one looks on one’s own life. One does precisely what stands here in v. 21: Comes to Him with all things, both good and evil, sin and good doings, everything is laid at His feet, in the light, and one does not know – or wishes - to hide anything.
   And still there is like accuse in the inner person that never quite will let go off. How come? Why do you have it like that? Certainly, you look at yourself (i.e. that you appraise yourself and your life in the light of the Laws claim), listening to your conscience judgement and the devils accuse and scorn of any tendency of outspokenness and joy: "You just must not believe that this includes
you!" - and have with that not really heard what is written here: "He who believes in Him is not judged." (v.18a).
   How often hasn’t Jesus also reason for saying the very same to us as He said to his disciples: "You have so little faith!" But His legitimate rebuke implied nevertheless no rejection. It is not Jesus‘ way to alienate miserables - "A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish" (Is. 42:3), but on the contrary He gets them to blaze up again, where
He is let in.

   Some means one must use the Law more where the situation is such. One must require more of them, it is said, otherwise they won‘t succeed, and by that they put out the little that after all was there. They never got to see, that what they claimed of themselves together with unwise preachers and teachers was all completed for them, and the Christianity became to them "over ability."

   There is many like them among us. You tried, perhaps, after your best ability to make room for Jesus in your life, something He could be satisfied with. That is not Christianity, that is law-bondage in a Christian suit.
   Listen! It is enough room for you with
Him. Not because you have achieved anything, but because He came to call in sinners, and seek and save what was lost!

   God so loved the world!


Holy Bible, New American Standard Version