John 3:36 | Bible Verse Devotional

John 3:36 Bible verse
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36 ESV

I was reading Romans 1 and was reminded by verses 18-36 of John 3. In John, we are warned that those who do not obey Jesus will remain in the wrath of God. The most common argument I have heard is “but what about those who have never heard of the gospel or of Jesus, or never read the Bible?” Enter Romans 1:18-32.

In Romans 1 we learn that our knowledge of God doesn’t begin when we read His Word. God makes Himself known to all mankind, His creation, and draws us to Himself, to His Word. God draws us to His Truth, His Son. Just because you have not read the gospel does not mean you have not had the opportunity to know and believe in the Son.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. Romans 1:18-25 ESV

We all have been called by God to come to Him. Jesus goes on to later explain this in the book of John, saying that “no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.” God calls on every one of us to come to Him, whether we acknowledge Him, honor Him, worship Him, serve Him, believe in Him or not. We are all given the opportunity to believe in the Son.

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:44 ESV

As we all strive to find and create balance in our lives, we should reflect on Christ and what He came, lived, died, rose again, and ascended for. Why did God send His Son? To save you from the penalty of your sin so that you could be in a relationship with Him instead of being eternally separated from Him like we all deserve. He sent His Son to save us, to create the balance only He can create. Not balance like we define it, but balance the way only He can create it. Come to God and find peace, rest, strength, love, and grace. Come to God and find all that your heart truly longs for and more. Come to your Heavenly Father who wants to care for you as His child. Come to God who has made unthinkable sacrifice so that you could come to Him. Come to God in faith, believing in His Son whom He sent for you.

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