God loved the world (Jn 3:16-3:16)


God so loved

The world

That he gave

His only Son.


Who believes in him

May not perish,

But might have

Eternal life.”

Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ Θεὸς τὸν κόσμον, ὥστε τὸν Υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν, ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται ἀλλ’ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

John uniquely then presented a mini gospel or an explanation of the prologue.  God (ὁ Θεὸς) so loved the world (Οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν…τὸν κόσμον) that he gave or sent (ἔδωκεν) his only son (ὥστε τὸν Υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ).  All those who believe in him (ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν) would not perish or be destroyed (μὴ ἀπόληται), but they would have eternal life (ἀλλ’ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον).  This is a further elaboration of the prologue in the opening chapter of John, chapter 1:10.  John said that the Word was in this cosmic world (ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ ἦν) just like the only Son of God here.  In chapter 1:14, John said that the Word (Καὶ ὁ Λόγος) became flesh (σὰρξ ἐγένετο).  He lived among us (καὶ ἐσκήνωσεν ἐν ἡμῖν).  The eternal Word pitched his tent and put his tabernacle among us humans.  This infinite Word became a mortal finite flesh, a real human being, Jesus.  God became man in Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ.  John added in chapter 1:12, that those who received the Word, Jesus (ὅσοι δὲ ἔλαβον αὐτόν), also believed (τοῖς πιστεύουσιν) in his name (εἰς τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ).  Thus, the Word, Jesus, gave the power to others (ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς ἐξουσίαν) to become (γενέσθαι) the children of God (τέκνα Θεοῦ).  They would not perish, but have eternal life, just like here.  Is eternal life a good reward for believing in Jesus?

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