“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” Romans 3:16-17
I am sure that these two passages of scriptures are very familiar to you. These passages have probably been cited more times than any other, when witnessing to the lost. If you will allow me, I would like to point out some aspects found in these scriptures that I believe can help us receive more from God this season.
The first aspect I would like to look at is the phrase “For God so loved the world.” The word “world” refers to anyone who is separated from God. Separated from Him in their thinking, actions, and speech. Anyone who fits into this category would be considered a “spiritual dead” person. The next is the word “Love.” Rather than give this word a definition, let’s just remember that it is an action word. So when we look back at the phrase “For God so loved the world, ” we understand that He demonstrated His love for those who were spiritually dead, by giving them His son Jesus to help them. Help them to do what you might ask. Help them to connect to the one that can give them life. Not only eternal life but also the way in which they live now. So what does all this mean for those of us who are born-again, who are spiritually alive in Jesus.
Let’s look at the next phrase “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” The word condemn has many definitions, but the one I would like to focus on is to declare unfit for use or service. The defeated devil may have told you that God cannot use you because you are not strong enough or smart enough to do what God has called you to do. Maybe your situation is telling you, that you don’t have enough money, time, or resources to commit to your heavenly father’s business. Everytime you try to make a move you can hear that defeated devil saying “not fit for service.” The good thing about this, is that it is only the defeated devil saying “not fit.” God has said and done something totally different.
God gave us His Son so that we would not be condemned, but that we would live victorious lives. Jesus is our guarantee that we can live a life of total prosperity. Prosperity in every area of our lives. He is our connector to the one who can give us life. Life in our homes, on our jobs, and yes, in our church.
Remember why Jesus was sent. It was to connect us back to God so that we can live victorious lives.