With an understanding of atonement, the meaning of John 3:16 takes on special
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not
perish, but have eternal life."
God gave His Son to do all of the work that provides the means for a sinner to reconcile himself to God.
Imagine giving your only son to die for the sins of an antagonistic stranger so that this stranger can enter your
home, be adopted as your son and be a representive of you!!
While Jesus' work is atonement, the work of God is that you believe in Him whom He has sent. (John 6:29)
And while Believers see eternal life as a personal benefit, Jesus defines what eternal life is.
"This is eternal life, that they [Believers] may know You, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have
sent." (John 17:3)
These three verses form the basis that will help you understand the divine actions that lead you to initial salvation: election, draw,
call and predestine.
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