willieH: Hi BW...
This will be a long answer, so i will begin by addressing the first part of "lesson one"...
B. W. wrote:Willie,
Lesson one: Context
Let's examine John 3
Okay, LET'S examine John 3
... You have presented your 2Cents
... now I will give you mine
... only my 2Cents
will take a bit of a CLOSER
look at this text you base your 2Cents
Lesson one: Context and WORD meanings
(in the Greek)...
compared to the usages in other passages concerning the meanings within... I will be using the KJV translation
which allows us to research particular words WITHIN the text by using Strong's Ex Concordance Lexicon
If we just strictly accept the words of translators, we are accepting hearsay to a degree, for translators have more than shown their religious BIASES as they are seen translating words DIFFERENTLY, to fit their theologies, maybe even at times unawares they are doing this... To get an accurate picture of words in the text, we must observe how they appear tranlated elsewhere. And especially their base meanings or definitions... As well as examine the PURPOSES of the text in terms of LOGIC (making '"SENSE") and GOD's actual intent... Seeing that the GOSPEL
is called PEACE
-- Rom 10:15
...and that GOD states that He MADE PEACE
by the work of the Cross -- Col 1:20
-- then these elements must be found WITHIN the text as well in the final anaylysis of it...
There are several words which merit further scrutiny, for they DEFINE the passage quoted and thereby can and DOES expose BIASES of both Tranlators and observers... These are a few PIVITOL words which are found within John 15:-16
and which MUST be observed in order to garner the TRUTH from it...
Perish = Apollumi -- destroy/destruction.. LOST (as applied to the Lost [apollumi] SON, coin and sheep in Luke 15 which we all eventually FOUND
Eternal = Aionios -- rooted in AION which means AGE and is TIME oriented, disqualifying its application to ETERNITY, which preceeded the CREATION of time.
Believe = Plateuo -- to have FAITH. Faith is an EXCLUSIVE work of CHRIST
, for HE authors AND
Whosoever = Pas -- which means ALL, and is used to describe the TOTAL of whatever it is applied to...
Loved = Agapao -- this is LOVE
(root word for love) as described in 1 Cor 13
-- no negativity is found in its definition.
World = Kosmos -- this term means the Creation in its entirety... which is the stated OBJECT of God's LOVE
B. W. wrote:John, 3:15-16, “…that everyone who believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” ESV
Notice it clearly states "everyone who believes in Him." This expresses a condition as well as a choice. In verse 16 it states “that whoever believes in Him” will not perish. Question — what happens to those who do not believe?
Before I note this text from the KJV
... let us take a moment to observe YOUR COMMENT... "everyone who BELIEVES in Him"... you say this "expresses a CONDITION"... and I agree.
But the CONDITION
is one which becomes present upon GOD'S enabling and DECISION! ...for to "BELIEVE" requires the AUTHORING of FAITH
by JESUS CHRIST
-- Heb 12:2
... and a man CANNOT COME to CHRIST
except by the act of GOD to bring him there -- John 6:44
-- GOD is PERFECTLY IMPARTIAL (10 verses attest to this -- Rom 2:11 -- Gal 2:6 -- 2 Sam 14:14 -- Job 34:19
, etc)... then WITHIN that PERFECT IMPARITALITY, must the AUTHORING of FAITH
be done in EACH... For NOT ONE can "believe
" (the CONDITION),... except CHRIST
"AUTHOR" the "FAITH" to do so...
Also... The prophecy of the OT, concerning CHRIST
included that ALL
would kneel before Him and CONFESS
His name... Is 45:23 -- Rom 14:11 -- Phil 2:11
is made unto Salvation Rom 10:10 & 13
The Power of this CONFESSION is done by the HOLY SPIRIT -- 1 Cor 12:3
John 3:15-16 [KJV]
-- that whosoever [pas] believeth in Him, should not perish [apollumi] but have eternal [aionios] life... for GOD SO LOVED [agapao] the WORLD [kosmos], that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever [pas] believeth [plateuo] in Him, should not perish [apollumi] but have everlasting [aionios] life.
There are a few premises which Scripture notes that are applicable... AND by applying Scripture to other Scripture, is the manner in which OUR OPINIONS are removed and the WORD
then becomes the teacher which tells us how it's principles are applied:
(1) Eph 2:8-9
states that OUR work is not in ANY WAY, involved in Salvation, SPECIFICALLY that no man can BOAST before another
The FAITH to "believe" is AUTHORED
, and does NOT emerge from us, of "our" decision -- Heb 12:2 & John 6:44
GOD changes NOT
, so His LOVE
-- Mal 3:6 -- Heb 13:8
Forgive me for stopping here, ...I'll continue later BW... this is a detailed study which requires DETAIL... and as were you recently, ...I'm a bit under the weather... (cold)