Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Gospel in Miniature

“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.”

Martin Luther, reformer of the 16th century, called John 3:16 “the heart of the Bible – the Gospel in miniature.”

“God” – (The greatest LOVER)
“So loved” – (The greatest DEGREE)
“The world” – (The greatest NUMBER)
“That He gave” – (The greatest ACT)
“His only begotten Son” – (The greatest GIFT)
“That whosoever” – (The greatest INVITATION)
“Believeth” – (The greatest SIMPLICITY)
“In Him” – (The Greatest PERSON)
“Should not perish” – (The greatest DELIVERANCE)
“But” – (The greatest DIFFERENCE)
“Have” – (The greatest CERTAINTY)
“Everlasting Life” – (The greatest POSSESSION)

These 25 words will never be exhausted by time, sermons, or signs in the end zone.  Let it be proclaimed from Christ to Nicodemus to the Nations!

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