The Secret Bible Verse

23Jul06

When I lived on the island of Okinawa I listened to C M Ward on the radio. As I remember, C M Ward was being interviewed, he said he used to preach to people “Your going to Hell for smoking, drinking, lying, stealing, fornication, etc.” Then one day he read John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. It revolutionized his ministry. Jesus said in Luke 9:56 “For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”

It is what separates Christianity from religion. With religion you have to do something to earn your “righteousness”. Different religions have various requirements to achieve “righteousness”. There is even a religion called “Christian”. This “Christian” religion doesn’t recognize John 3:17.

I want to make this perfectly clear: Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not what we do, it is what He did on the Cross! He paid the price for our salvation on the Cross. He is the perfect & only acceptable sacrifice! There is no salvation in any other.

The trouble with Christians is they try to make Christianity into a religion. Good works won’t save, but good works prove you are a Christian. It is the “new creature’s” Spirit of God in you that will produce the good works. Your best good works will not always be recognized by the world or even by most of Christendom. Make provision for Jimmy Swaggart Ministries to get the Message of the Cross to the world and you will hear scorn from some Christians & filthy remarks from the world.

The reason I call John 3:17 the Secret Bible Verse is because people ignore  “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world…”   It seems everyone wants to condemn & find fault with everyone else.    What good would it do for Jesus to condemn anyone?   The world was already condemned by sin.  That’s the reason for Jesus to save us, because condemnation can’t save.  Without Jesus giving His life on the Cross there is no salvation.  If Jesus didn’t die for us He would still be God and He would still be Holy & righteous, but He would not be of any salvation as He is the only perfect sacrifice!  There is no other.

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