THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
After the morning sermon, a lady came to the preacher and said, "My! You preached a powerful sermon today. You must live a wonderful life!"
The preacher responded, "Well, sister, I must confess: I can preach more Gospel in fifteen minutes than I can live in fifteen years!"
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.
God "SO" loved the world.
He loved the world in THIS manner...that he "GAVE His ONLY begotten Son!"
He was given so that we could be saved and have "everlasting life!"
Everlasting life is more than just eternal life.
It includes a manner of living RIGHT NOW!
There's a very interesting thing about that word "believeth."
It is the Greek word pisteuo, which is a verb.
As you know, a verb is a word of ACTION.
You see, Jesus was not implying that simple mind-belief would bring salvation.
(("The devils also believe" James 2:19).
Jesus was stating that faith WITHIN a person causes them to LIVE in committed trust to Him.
And the end result of that faith action is "everlasting life."
The word pisteuo (verb) comes from the noun pistis.
Pistis is usually translated "faith" in your Bible.
Nouns show OWNERSHIP.
Owning a committed trust in God does not come with birth.
Faith cannot be earned or purchased.
It is a "gift" of God (Eph. 2:8-9).
Faith can only be received when a person surrenders to Christ as Lord.
Once having received faith, the causative action of continual "believeth" demonstrates that faith.
Are you living the "everlasting life" now?