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God’s Love for Everyone

14 “And just as Moses in the desert lifted up the brass replica of a snake on a pole for all the people to see and be healed,[a] so the Son of Man is ready to be lifted up, 15 so that those who truly believe in him[b] will not perish but be given eternal life. 16 For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift.[c] So now everyone who believes in him[d] will never perish but experience everlasting life.

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Footnotes

  1. John 3:14 See Num. 21:8-9. The brass snake was an emblem of sin and disease. The Hebrew uses a word, seraph, which means a fiery one (fiery serpent). All of humanity has been bitten by the “snake of sin,” but Jesus was raised up on a cross for all people to see. We only need to look to him and believe, and we are healed and saved from sin.
  2. John 3:15 The Aramaic participle can also be “believe on him” or “believe into him,” which could explain the variations found in the Greek text.
  3. John 3:16 Or “God proved he loved the world by giving his Son.”
  4. John 3:16 Or “believe into him.” Salvation and regeneration must be by faith. True faith (Gr. pistis) has a number of components: acceptance, embracing something (someone) as truth, union with God and his Word, and an inner confidence that God alone is enough.

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