“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.” (John 3:16; NIV)
Eternal life through Jesus
This verse makes it clear: Eternal life and salvation are freely given to anyone who believes in Jesus. We are not saved through our self-efforts or striving to keep the 10 commandments. This verse clearly says whoever believes in him. In this new covenant, it is all about faith.
Why did God send Jesus?
While most believers know John 3:16, the next verse is just as beautiful:
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:17; NIV)
When Jesus came to Earth roughly 2,000 years ago, He didn’t come to condemn the world. He didn’t come to preach the law of Moses. He came to save us. He came to carry our sins on the cross, so we could be reconciled to God forever.