Saturday, October 8, 2011

Whosoever You

John 3:15-17  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  (16)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (17)  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

            I recently preached a message using John 3:16 as my verse.  I used three words, Begotten, Believe, and Everlasting.  The intent of the message was to define the extent of those three words and to show how some people change their definitions to suit their way of thinking.  They remove the Bible context, recreate an opinion context, and eventually create a cult based on their heresy.
            In these verses, there are other words just as important, and misaligned by those who change God’s Word.  The one word I want to reflect on is “whosoever.  In these three verses, “whosoever” is used twice.  This use reflects importance.  
            When I first began preaching, “whosoever” was a word that wasn’t clearly defined in my mind.  A simple definition is: it is in reference to “anybody.”  However, in Biblical terms it needs a clearer more definitive definition.
            Jesus came for one purpose:

Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

So within His purpose, our definition could be “anybody regardless of their sin.  I have personally envisioned a great book with all names, yet the alphabetizing is only using the letter “W.”  Within this Book, my name would be “Whosoever, Chastain, John R. E” which would be the way all names including Adam and Eve would be displayed.  Again, the listing would be regardless of the sin, the race, the ethnicity, the religion.  All last names would be “Whosoever” as one family.  It would include all people regardless of their personal depravity.  (I am referencing The Book of Life described in The Book of Revelation.)

Revelation 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

(Now whether our names are listed as I described, I honestly have no idea.  This is for illustration only.)
            What I have tried to relay is that regardless of your situation in life, and regardless of your sin, Jesus loves you and is willing to accept you.  All He has asked is that you Believe He is the only Begotten Son of God, and God will give you everlasting life.  (Everlasting = Forevermore = Eternally, nothing less.)
            With you sincerely calling on His name, Salvation is freely given with no strings attached.  Is your name still written in “The Book of Life?”  Or has your name been blotted out?

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas   Fundamental Thoughts     Fundamental Thoughts-Sermons

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