IS JOHN 3:16 ALL?

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John 3:16 is among the best known and most loved verses in the Bible.  However some go so far as to say it is the whole gospel in one verse, and everything essential to salvation is in that verse.

It is true to say that everything in John 3:16 is essential to salvation.  However it’s not true to say that everything essential to salvation is in John 3:16.

  • Repentance from sin is not mentioned, but it is essential to salvation (Acts 2:38, 3:19).
  • Confession of Christ is not mentioned, but it is essential to salvation (Romans 10:9-10).
  • The sinner’s prayer* is not mentioned, but it is essential to salvation (Acts 8:22).
  • Keeping God’s commandments is not mentioned, but that is essential to salvation (1John 2:1-6, 5:3).

In John 3:16 we see the love and grace of God, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, and the need for faith on the part of the one seeking eternal life.  We might regard these as the first essentials.  But they are not all; neither are the other things mentioned above.

If we wish to know all that is essential to salvation, we need to examine all scripture inspired by God, not one single verse (2Timothy 3:14-17).


*In this case the prayer of a straying Christian.

Acknowledgement:  The above article is an excerpt from simplybible magazine

http://www.simplybible.com.au/mag1.htm