Who is responsible for salvation and who is responsible for condemnation?

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John 3

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

What primary actions do you see God doing in these verses?

  1. Loving mankind
  2. Granting eternal life
  3. Sending His Son

What primary actions do you see men doing?

  1. Believing
  2. Not believing
  3. Loving darkness

When people have a wrong view of God they will develop a wrong view of their own responsibility toward God.  Then from that wrong view sinful mankind will blame God for condemning them.  I have heard this often.  People ask, “Why does God send people to hell?”  “Why does a good and loving God condemn people forever?”  As we carefully examine the scriptures where salvation is taught, we find God loving mankind, granting eternal life to all who believe and reminding them that He sent His Son to provide their salvation.  What a great and good God He is to demonstrate His love so fully and to offer it so freely.

In return to God’s love, men often don’t believe because they love the darkness of their sin and don’t really want to believe to the change of their lives.  They know the options but love their sin to the rejection of God’s offer.  This passage tells us that men are condemned because they do not believe in Christ.  At this level, who is responsible for those who go to hell?  Is God responsible for this or does the responsibility lay in the rejection of those who refuse God’s offer?

A careful reading of Christ’s teaching here shows us clearly that men and women are responsible to God and to God alone for their acceptance or rejection of His offer of eternal life.  God has clearly provided a wonderful alternative to a life filled with sin and an eternity of paying for that sin.  Jesus paid the price and offers us full forgiveness and eternal life.  No, God does not send mankind to hell for their sin, their rejection of God’s offer is their condemnation.  Pray with me today for those who need to be saved to come clearly to the Savior to find eternal life in Him.

Yesterday was a great day for our church.  We enjoyed the music as we lifted up our hearts and hands to the Savior.  We enjoyed our fellowship with one another.  We enjoyed the church family as we planned for the future events including Good Friday service an Saturday prayer time.  I brought the first in s series of three messages from Isaiah 53 on Christ who is the only key that fits all of the tumblers of this great chapter.  I am still rejoicing in this great teaching.

This morning there is a ladies Bible study led by Sandy Petrelle at 9:00.  If you are free do join them.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

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