When Jesus said, “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” (John 3:16), was He saying the promise of salvation is only for a certain group of people? Or was He saying the gift of salvation is available to whoever will believe?
Some have concluded Jesus didn’t mean to say God loves all people, but that the promise of salvation is only for the elect (those whom God chose beforehand). Perhaps you’ve heard this idea. Calvinists are mostly the ones pushing it.
Such a view doesn’t seem right does it? It’s certainly not good news to hear God made some for salvation and others for damnation. What sense is there in telling people to believe in the gospel and be saved when they really don’t have a choice in the matter (Acts 16:30-31)?
Such a belief could certainly cause someone to worry about their future. It might even be troubling you at the moment.
Well, I have good news for you! And you don’t have to look far to see it.
In other words, God’s promise of salvation is given to “whoever” meets the condition of the promise. And what is the condition?
Believe in Jesus!
Such a simple truth. Yet some people just don’t get it. Why? Only God knows. But this is certain: God loves you! So much that He gave His only begotten Son for you.
You have just as much opportunity to receive the gift of salvation as anyone else. And nobody has the right to take that away from you.
That’s good news! Don’t you agree?
Related Bible Verses on the Good News of Salvation
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.”
“When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE MERCY AND NOT SACRIFICE.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
1 John 2:1-2
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”
1 Timothy 2:3-6
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time”
“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”
Believe in the Gospel and Be Saved
The verses shared on this page provide enough evidence to show that, while not all people will be saved (their choice), Jesus did indeed die for every one of us. Moreover, God’s gift of salvation is for whoever will believe.
Have you given your heart to Jesus? If not, what are you waiting for? There is no greater gift, and no greater love for your soul. Open the door of your heart to Jesus now. Believe in the gospel and be saved!