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Pastor Tim Swigarts Blog

Missio Dei is a Contemporary Baptist Church located in historic Galena IL. Senior Pastor Tim Swigart shares his thoughts on numerous topics concerning the church.

God's Love

Timothy Swigart

Perhaps the most well-known verse in the Bible is John 3:16. It's well-known for good reason. It communicates God's love to those who are far and near. Let's take a look at this love:

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." John 3:16-18

As a father, myself, the thought of giving my son to save others is almost unimaginable. God knew what it would cost to save us and He willingly paid the price. Can you imagine watching your only Son be nailed to a cross? Can you imagine the agony of seeing him whipped? I cannot imagine giving my son the way God gave His. His love is so amazing!

God is in the rescue business. God isn't out to get you; He's reaching out to you in love through Jesus, His Son. Jesus paid the ultimate price to secure a salvation you cannot earn. God is offering all people an abundantly good and eternal life through faith in His Son. No tricks...just an amazing offer of life through Jesus.

As with any gift, we must decide to accept it or reject it. Jesus says that those who receive God's gift through faith will be saved from the consequences of sin. Those who reject God's gift will not be saved. Why would anyone not receive this amazing gift?

If you have not received Jesus by faith and would like to know how to do that, contact me through the contact tab on this site. I'm not here to judge; I'm here to help people receive the gift God has given.