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Daily Devotional – March 14


A friend of mine, Helen, made the following comment:

“I think John 3:16 is an awful verse to use for evangelism. I heard it all my life and never had it explained until after I became a Christian at age 17. “For God so loved the world, that whosoever believeth in Him SHOULD not perish but have eternal life.” He should but he might not, I reasoned. That verse, unexplained, kept me from joining the church at an earlier age. There are many clearer verses that give the good news!”

Helen knew extinctively as a child what many fail to realize in their Christian adulthood–that there are divisions in the scripture that must be paid attention to in order to avoid confusion. 


What differs in what Paul tells us to do in the following verse from what Jesus told Nicodemus to do in John 3:16?

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

In case you haven’t noticed, Paul tells us that we must believe also that “God hath raised him from the dead”–something Nicodemus was unaware of at the time or was not instructed to do! 

Consider Christ’s own disciples:

It was not until after Jesus died, was buried, and was resurrected that His disciples first believed—really believed! Later on, Peter and John ran to the grave where Jesus had been interred. Peter goes in. He looks and sees everything there—except Jesus. John peers in the doorway, and it says, “And then this disciple believed.” John was the first to believe. A dead and buried Christ was not the gospel (which means: Good News!).  A resurrected one was!

Good call, young Helen!


March 14, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional


  1. Hi Jack, I’m not so young any more and have long since believed and continue to believe and cling to the Risen Jesus!

    Comment by helenl | March 14, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hey Helen!

    It is so interesting to me, Helen, that things so obvious to a young 17 year old are so difficult for those of supposed maturity to see! It says much for the simplicity of the scripture, but also a lot for the dishonesty and obfuscation traditional mindsets impose upon us. You were a wise 17 year old, Helen!


    Comment by bereans | March 14, 2007 | Reply

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