Saved, Not Condemned

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:17-18

Jesus came into the world to save it. Before He came we were in fact already condemned. Jesus cam to commute our sentence, to take our punishment and give us our freedom. This is not to say that at the end times Jesus will not judge all of us, He will, it is that at His first coming Jesus mission was salvation.

Each of us has a choice, we can either believe in Jesus or we can reject Him. God will not force His will on us. Each person makes the choice on his own. God does not condemn anyone to hell; He just respects the choice each person has already made. Quoting C.S. Lewis in his book “The Problem of Pain”, “Finally, it is objected that the ultimate loss of a single soul means the defeat of omnipotence. And so it does. In creating beings with free will, omnipotence from the outset submits to the possibility of such defeat. What you call defeat, I call miracle: for to make things which are not itself, and thus to become, in a sense, capable of being resisted by its own handiwork, is the most astonishing and unimaginable of all the feats we attribute to the Deity. I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside.” People choose to be apart from God and in so choosing, God sends them to a place where they will be eternally separated from God. We call this place hell.

Jesus goal was to make a path for us back to God, to allow us to be reconciled to Him. He came to save us not to judge us. He came to do something that we could never do on our own. He came to teach and bring us back to God’s Word. He came to show us God. He came to show us God’s love. He did not come to condemn. He came to save.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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