Clever name to be calling a Series of Encouragement don’t you think??? It is amazing how we can read passages of Scripture in pieces and not ever recognize the links they can have to each other which are major in significance. Have been reminded of that very thing in recent days by a dear Friend as a story was being shared with me concerning an Old Testament passage. After reviewing the passage, knowing it had been read at least several times, realized that it was never seen in the same light as it was being shown now.
The most famous of the 3:16’s is of course John 3:16 | KJV, which is an anchor verse of Scripture, encasing a Truth and Promise that is Eternal.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 | King James Version
The other side of that same coin is the use of another passage in the Word of God: I John 3:16 | KJV. Most often can personally recall in my learning and listening that John 3:16 and I John 3:16 as they were referred, the second was often referred to as the “other” John 3:16.
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
I John 3:16 | King James Version
The first of course showing us what God the Father has done for us and the latter showing us what we should be willing to do for others. The reason is most simple: His Love is an endless love, we can perceive (a more simple word would be “see”), thus we should be perceived in the same manner.
The Fifteen Passages
NOTICE: When you see the Scriptures listed on the prints or in the designs, they are for the vast majority listing v17 also – just as most Christians may be used to seeing John 3:16-17.
The verses taken in order form a topic list (using both verses to simplify):
- Have Everlasting Life – Through Him Be Saved
- Ye are the Temple of God
- Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty
- His Promises Are Confirmed Before of God in Christ
- That Christ may Dwell in Hearts by Faith
- Be Followers Together
Let the Word of Christ Dwell in You
Lord of Peace Himself Give You Peace Always
Great is the Mystery of Godliness
- Scripture is Given by Inspiration of God
- Wisdom From Above is First Pure
- Suffer for Well Doing
- Beware the Error of the Wicked
- We Ought Lay Down Our Lives for the Brethren
- Be Thou NOT Lukewarm
This is a POWER packed list of the 3:16’s which would serve us well to consider. Am thankful that time was granted to “discover” the 16’s from 15 of the 27 books in the New Testament.