The Other Side Of The Coin

By: George William

The other night I was reading a John chapter 3 with my wife, as I was reading a familiar verse stuck out to me. The verse I’m sure most people in America or the cultural west is familiar with. Verse 16: 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.

This is a great verse. Some would probably say it’s THE verse. The gospel and the good news that Christians profess all in one verse. There’s one problem though, it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Just two verses later is the bad news. The news that everyone says they know but do not take to heart. Verse 18: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

If one does not believe they are condemned. Damned to Hell for all eternity, separated from the love of God forever.

There are several verses that follow this pattern. If fact, in what I have gathered, there is not a verse talking about those who have been saved without also talking about those who will parish.

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Matthew 25:46 And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever rejects the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.

Everybody knows John 3:16 but why does no one know John 3:18? How can we possibly bring people to Christ, tell them that they’re being saved if we don’t tell them what they’re being saved from?

There is a lot of confusion on the subject because we hear a lot of things. We are saved from the slavery of sin, the things of this world, hopelessness, ect. But, if we narrow it down to a single point, to the heart of the matter, there is ultimately only one thing we’re being saved from and I feel these aforementioned verses make it clear.

We are saved from the consequences of our sin. From the wrath of God for our sin. Make no mistake, it is God that saved us, and it is God that punishes us.

We are not punished by Satan, where this idea comes from I do not know, and as atheists often say, it doesn’t make sense. That’s because it isn’t true.

Try, to the best of your ability, imagine being punished for all eternity by the perfect wrath of a perfectly righteous God. It is such a terrible existence that the martyrs wouldn’t wish it on their executioners. It is far more that a destruction of the body, but a destruction of your soul. You’re very essence, and that is what we’ve been saved from.

We must change our approach. Yes, we must tell people that they’re sinners because they are, but that isn’t reason alone for them to turn to Christ. The reason is that they’re condemned and they will be punished, thrown into the lake of fire if they do not repent and turn to Christ.

I am far from an expert of this and would recommend listening to some Paul Washer sermons on this matter. You can almost pick on at random and it’ll cover this.

We must embrace the truth of scripture. Not just that God loves us, but He also condemns us. We cannot get to the Father except through the Son.

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