“Exploring the Gospel of John”
Shawn Bateman, Misionary to Argentina
June 11, 2018
I found this excerpt from John Phillips commentary on John 3, under the heading The World’s Greatest Text. This was his comments about God’s love for us from John 3:16. Read and remember today that God loves you!
The text is inexhaustible. All the highways of divine truth meet in this metropolis. It is the hub of all revealed truth.
We think, for instance, who it is who loves this poor lost world. It is God, eternal, self-existing, uncreated, having need of nothing. It is God, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent. It is God, Elohim, Jehovah, Adonai, the God who has revealed himself by so many names, who now reveals himself as incarnate love. It is God, the one who sits, high and lifted up, worshiped by adoring angels, by cherubim and seraphim, and in whose presence they hide behind their wings and cry, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.” It is God, creator and sustainer of the universe, who gazes out on stellar empires, on galaxy after galaxy, on mighty burning orbs that rush through space that obey laws he has ordained. It is God who takes the initiative, God who loves and gives. John 3:16, like Genesis 1:1 and Exodus 20:1, begins with God.