I recently preached a message using
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:
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.)
(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
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