The Gospel for Dummies – John 3:36

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” You’ve probably seen these “how to do” books that focus on some subject or skill and the target audience purports to be “dummies” or those who are not experts with the subject or skill. The books provide explanations of the subject or skill on a level so that anyone who is not an expert can learn to do it or understand it. It’s almost ironic that the last verse of the iconoclastic Chapter 3 of the Gospel of John that contains such provocative theological propositions as “You must be born again” (vs. 7) and “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son” (vs. 16) ends with this amazingly succinct statement of the gospel that even a dummy like me can understand. The verse clearly states that since we are all under God’s wrath, all one has to do is believe in Jesus, the Son of God, and obey Him to escape the wrath of God and have eternal life. If you don’t believe and obey, then God’s wrath remains on you. It’s that simple–you either have eternal life or you have God’s wrath! Don’t be a dummy and remain under wrath when you can have eternal life!

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