For those of you who have studied the Bible for several years, no matter how often you read a particular verse of Scripture, oftentimes a new understanding of it will suddenly light up at you as if it were new!
Last year, there were verses that I have been familiar that all of a sudden took on a whole new dimension when I began writing about them.
If you are a new Christian or a person who does not know yet what the Bible is all about, I pray that the verses below will cause you to start thinking beyond yourself and the world you live in.
Chances are you are now beginning to study the Bible. And I believe it will be a supreme being, the Great God, who will be communicating to you mostly through your thoughts.
1) John 3:16
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.
This verse is probably the best known verse in all the Bible. It is simple to understand and rich in meaning. Some Christians, however, believe there is more a Christian is required to do to be saved. But this verse is mostly about God’s love for mankind He created – all of mankind.
2) John 3:17
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
By world is meant, people. Jesus came to this earth to remove the curse of sorrow, woe, sickness and death which began with the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden.
Some Christians believe that many (if not most) people were predetermined by God, eons before His creation, to be condemned. If this is true, then Christ came only to save the few and eternally punish (condemn) the majority. That is NOT good news – not the gospel.
The good news is that, because of Jesus Christ, all of your past relatives who have not accepted or even heard of Christ are not condemned, but had their sins removed by Jesus Christ at the cross (see verse number 7 of this article). Those who had never converted to Christianity will have the opportunity to do so in the not too distant future.
And those who have yet to believe also have had their sins (albeit future) forgiven. Wow! Jesus Christ’s death on the cross was indeed very significant for all ages!
Note: All must repent first before being saved for eternity. All will be given the choice.
Understating this should change your viewpoint as to why you are here and what is your destiny.
3) John 10:10
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
If you are not a Christian, do you know the purpose of life? Is there a reason for living or are we like the animals who live for the moment and have awareness and consciousness only for a moment?
What does it mean to have a full life? It means a life so abundant in love, hope and charity that you would also desire others to have it.
It means being happy, not as the world defines happiness, but an inner joy and peace that will continue being within you for eternity.
4) Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Applying this verse will dramatically alter the way you live. Instead of seeking what you want in life so that you could be viewed as successful, accomplish first what is precious to God. Concentrate on the cause of spreading God’s good news of salvation for mankind. In doing so, God will see your needs be taken care of.
What do “these things” pertain to? The food and clothing that we need. Many people who do not believe in God tend to worry about how to get them – especially when it gets challenging in acquiring them.
God is your Father, isn’t He? Of course He is! He is focused on you. Seek what matters to Him! Seek what matters to Him. He, as your Father, will never forsake you in providing for your needs.
5) Romans 10:9
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Many people profess to others that Jesus is their Lord and Savior and stop there. Some of them are looking for ways to deceive others in order to get a following, get money and boost their egothe s. But this verse states you must believe who Jesus is and what happened to Him – He died and rose back to life.
No, there was no “Passover plot” conducted by His disciples to make Jesus appear to have risen from the dead. No, Jesus did not pass out on the cross and later awoke while in the tomb. No, the disciples did not steal His body away from the tomb after He was buried there. By the way, one gospel writer wrote that the enemies of Christ anticipated this would happen (Matthew 27:62-66).
In order to believe that Jesus rose from the dead, you must also believe that it was the Father, Jesus’ father and God, who raised Him.
How will this verse change your life; your way of thinking? Well, if God can resurrect Jesus Christ from the dead, He can do it to you! And that is the major reason why Jesus came to this earth! If you believe in Him, you will live forever – in peace, in happiness, and in full affirmation that you are loved by all forever.
6) Matthew 7:1
Judge not, that ye be not judged. (KJV)
Early in my Christian walk, I have tried to follow the principles of this verse. I have avoided gossiping as much as possible. One time, during break at work, a discussion ensued about a particular coworker. I was amazed how easily I was caught up in this enticing parley!
It is so easy, for example, to become negative against perceived injustices in the workplace – low wages, “poor” leadership skills, “poor” working conditions, etc. I have never seen behind-someone’s-back chatter change anything for the better. Never.
What it does cause is a loss of trust toward the individual(s) involved in the gossiping. Please remember this: if they so easily talked about another person behind his back, will they also talk about me when I was not around? The answer most of you already know is yes.
I was in another group setting where judging against a person’s character was going on. One person in the group,however, boldly stated to everyone that the person being talked about was not present to defend himself. It was a great way to end the gossip. I have used that comment myself on a number of similar occasions. So what if some people ostracized me for doing this, they would have privately talked negatively against me anyway.
This verse has several practical applications and it will change your life.
7) John 1:29
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
Over the years, whenever I read this verse, I never thought much about it until I began seeing a great significance to what John was saying here. John the Baptist, a Jew at that time, was here saying that the sin of the whole world was to be removed because of Jesus Christ. It was not just the nation of Israel that Christ was going to deal with, but all nations.
When Jesus died on the cross, yes indeed, the sin of the world was removed. What sin? The sin that has been around since Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden of Eden. It was also the sin being committed in His day. And it was sin that would be committed in the future from His death on the cross. Not only that, Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection will forgive even those who will sin, still as humans, when the Kingdom of God reigns after Jesus returns.
So here is the Good News: Because of Christ’s death on the cross, everyone’s sin has been forgiven – past, present and future. The subsequent power of death over mankind has also been dealt a blow. Not many, especially the unconverted since and now, are aware of this. Many who live and die in the future will also never become aware of this. And not all who later become aware of Jesus’ sacrifice for the remission of sin will accept it – for whatever reason.
This is not about universalism or any other -isms. This is about the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
8) Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
When I first became a Christian, I was taught – and therefore believed – that all people, including myself, now a Christian, are basically evil because of how Jeremiah 17:9 was taught. But I now realize that truly converted Christians have been given a new heart. The old rebellious heart, made of stone and highly deceitful, has been removed.
Jesus Christ can now reside in our hearts that can hear and respond to Him. Please click read, Christians Have A New Heart! Old One Gone.
9) 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
The key word in this passage is reconciliation. It means to restore something to the way it was previously. So, here Christ has reconciled us to Himself. What was restored here? Answer: The relationship God had with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden before they sinned.
This means that all, yes all, not a few who have been preselected, but all mankind, has been restored relationally with God. The broken relationship we were experiencing before Christ came on the scene was fixed when He died on the cross.
I realize that some of you Christians of the reformed persuasion may disagree with what I have just said, but I believe this verse and several others point to this situation we currently have between God and us. The word us means the entire world.
Please meditate on this passage. It may change the outlook you currently have with humanity. That is the essence of the gospel. God wanted to be with us, is now with us and always will be with us. That is the meaning of Emmanuel (Matthew 1:23).
10) Colossians 1:19-20
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
This passage continues the same point as the previous verses, 2 Corinthians 5:17-19. What Christ did when He died and rose again from the dead affects all who has ever lived, all who are now living and all who will live in the future. Jesus Christ died and is risen for everybody. That is good news!
Your great grandpa who, when he was alive and refused to accept Jesus Christ because his aunt forced him to go to church as a kid, has had his sins forgiven though he never knew or understood it. But he will one day when he is being judged after he rises from the dead and meets his maker, none other than Jesus Christ Himself. Your grandpa will then be told by Christ that He, Jesus, was crucified and died for everyone, including your grandpa. Grandpa will then see his children, his grandchildren (which includes you), his mother and father all in front of him, smiling and full of joy. Your grandpa will see his great cousins, and great- great – great – great – great – great whatever grandfather, Claudius, who was a soldier in one of the Roman legions under Julius Caesar, who has accepted Jesus Christ. Your grandpa will then have the choice of being born again. Will he then repent and accept Jesus Christ? Chances are he will.
All of this will be repeatedly multiplied by all other people and families of humanity.
Great days are ahead of us, my friend. Great days.
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1) All Bible verses are quoted from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted. Holy Bible: New International Version. (2011). Grand Rapids, MI.: Zondervan
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