Our natural man has taken John 3:16 and made it “all about me” in stead of “all about God”… please try, for a moment, to set aside everything you have been told about what this scripture means… maybe even talk to the Lord about what Philip is about to say… as he tells you this story.
16 “For hGod so loved ithe world,9 jthat he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him
should not kperish but have eternal life. 17 For lGod did not send his Son into the world m
to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18
One of the toughest things about our move from Morrisville was leaving neighbors that had become such good friends… we joked and laughed all the time… we would have wine and cheese together with them, out on the porch or around the kitchen table or by the fire in the living area, telling stories, teasing, joking… then… one night… we are carrying on in the living area and Sherrie says: “Can we get serious for a minute… I would like to ask you a question…” “Sure”... I respond. she continues: “What do you think about heaven and hell?”
Didn’t even bat an eyeball… just immediately responded… “I never think about heaven and hell.” Years of teachings by any christian religious system has made John 3:16 all about: “going to heaven and not going to hell” … I had the pleasure of sharing stories that night about how all I think about…. is Jesus... and my desire is simply to follow Him wherever He is going… He is “eternal life”.. Jesus… a person… who lives in me… His life is in me… Jesus… not a “place”…. not heaven…. not some future reward that will give my natural man everything it craves… my own mansion… streets of gold… nothing to do all day but hang out on my special cloud, playing my harp… sorry… NOT….
What if #9.…. what if … we were taught that what He sent His Son into the world to do… was not to save us from hell... but to save us from our natural man… save Philip from Philip… save me from me …. by placing His eternal life in me… so He could have another son… in His Son.
Think on these things…