shall not see life—The contrast here is striking: The one has already a life that will endure for ever—the other not only has it not now, but shall never have it—never see it. Romans 2:8; Ephesians 4:31; Colossians 3:8; Revelation 19:15) is not the fierceness of passion, nor is it the expression of fixed hatred. Because of this terrible deception, the definition of the word "believe" has become so important that no man dare define it. Christ has been represented as Sovereign, commissioned with supreme powers, especially for the purpose of saving men and restoring them to God. John 3:36 Context. Shall not see life - Shall neither enjoy true life or happiness here nor in the world to come. Gill's Exposition of the Entire BibleHe that believeth on the Son,.... Who is a proper object of faith and trust; which, if he was not truly and properly God, he would not be: and this is to be understood not of any sort of faith, a temporary, or an historical one; but of that which is the faith of God's elect, the gift of God, and the operation of his Spirit; by which a man sees the Son, goes unto him, ventures and relies upon him, and commits himself to him, and expects life and salvation from him; and who shall not be ashamed and confounded; for such an one hath everlasting life; he has it in Christ his head, in whom he believes; he has a right unto it through the justifying righteousness of Christ, and a meetness for it by his grace; he has it in faith and hope; he has the beginning of it in the knowledge of Christ, and communion with him; he has some foretastes of it in his present experience; and he has the earnest and pledge of it in his heart, even the blessed Spirit, who works him up for this selfsame thing: and he that believeth not the Son; that does not believe Christ to be the Son of God, or Jesus to be the Messiah; or rejects him as the Saviour; who lives and dies in a state of impenitence and unbelief: shall not see life; eternal life; he shall not enter into it, and enjoy it; he shall die the second death. 1-11). In John 3:36 the verb is in the active present tense, so "disobey" would be the correct literal translation. Thank you that You loved me so much that while I was still under Your wrath and dead in my trespasses and sins, Christ died for me. It will "abide" or "dwell" there as its appropriate habitation. Piety here is the same that it will be there, except that it will be expanded, matured, purified, made more glorious. Read Introduction to John. The wrath of God abideth on him.—Once only in the four Gospels does this term, so full of tremendous meaning, meet us, and that in the Gospel of fullest love, and in a context which speaks of the Father’s love to the Son, and of eternal life, which is the portion of all who believe on the Son. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” The believer has everlasting life right now (not "may have" or even "will have"). Read Introduction to John. On the other hand, the unbeliever in Christ (see notes on John 3:13-15 as to what one must believe), no matter how moral or religious he may be, faces God's wrath in hell because he has rejected (or neglected) His great gift of salvation, purchased at such great price--the sacrificial death of His beloved Son. "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.". Thank You for Your amazing grace. John pointed people to the Lord Jesus.. for Christ Himself, was sent to bear heavenly witness of the invisible God, Who loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. According to John 3:18 and John 3:36, what is the outcome of believing or not believing in Jesus? Life is in the Son and He who has the Son has life and there is no condemnation to those that have placed their faith in Him. The conception of “the kingdom” in John does not differ from its meaning elsewhere in the N. T. (see on Matthew 3:2). The Christian here has a foretaste of the world of glory, and enjoys the same kind of felicity, though not the same degree, that he will there.Shall not see life - Shall neither enjoy true life or happiness here nor in the world to come. (Comp. To believe on the Son is to have the life. His opposition to sin, and its terrible effects in this world and the next. “obedience to the faith,” Romans 1:5.). The unbelieving and disobedient, instead of having eternal life, shall not have life: shall not even see it (compare see the kingdom of God, John 3:3). Jesus is an expression of God's indescribable love for "the world," meaning all of mankind (1 John 4:9–10). Christ's clear command to all sinners is to believe His heavenly testimony, for whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life, and will not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. abideth on him—It was on Him before, and not being removed in the only possible way, by "believing on the Son," it necessarily remaineth on him! "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life". Abideth on him - This implies that he is "now" under the wrath of God, or under condemnation. God sent Jesus to save us. Read full chapter The word, which occurs only here in the Gospels, is not the same as that at the beginning of the verse, and shows that the faith there intended is the subjection of the will to the Son, to whom the Father hath given all things (John 3:35). It will "abide" or "dwell" there as its appropriate habitation. Matthew Poole's Commentary He that, hearing the proposition of the gospel, so agreeth to it, as with his heart he receiveth him as his Saviour, and trusteth and hopeth in him, hath everlasting life; that is, a certain and just title to it, nay, in the first fruits; being actually delivered from condemnation, Romans 8:1, to which, without faith, he is exposed: he already liveth a spiritual life, Galatians 2:20; and having Christ in him, hath the hope of glory, into the possession of which he shall most certainly come. Verse 3: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Such is the miserable condition of the sinner! He testifies to what he has seen and heard, yet no one accepts his testimony. John 3:16 (chapter 3, verse 16 of the Gospel of John of the New Testament) is one of the most widely quoted verses from the Bible and has been called the most famous Bible verse. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born on earth and die on a cross. Everlasting life could only be had by faith in Him, and might be thus obtained; whereas all those, who believe not in the Son of God, cannot partake of salvation, but the wrath of God for ever rests upon them.Barnes' Notes on the BibleHath everlasting life - Has or is in possession of that which is a recovery from spiritual death, and which will result in eternal life in heaven. It is here life begun the first breathings and pantings of the soul for immortality; yet it is life, though at first feeble and faint, which is eternal in its nature, and which shall be matured in the full and perfect bliss of heaven. There is for him a present possession, which shall also remain. He redeemed us from the curse of the Law, and secured redemption and the forgiveness of sin.. for all who would trust in His finished work at Calvary, for the salvation of their soul. True faith always leads us to obedient ACTION. It is the necessary aspect of love and holiness toward those who reject love, and wilfully sin. And, why do some people seem to experience a radical conversion and others don’t? God sent Jesus to save us. Compare the future tense with the present "hath eternal life," and the simple life with the fully developed idea eternal life. There are a few things we need to know about this interaction. Note.—How flatly does this contradict the teaching of many in our day, that there neither was, nor is, anything in God against sinners which needed to be removed by Christ, but only in men against God! Plus, what is the meaning of “love me” in John 8:42? But the wrath of God abideth on him; as the sentence of wrath, of condemnation, and death, and the curse of the law were pronounced upon him in Adam, as on all mankind, it continues, and will continue, and will never be reversed, but will be executed on him, he not being redeemed from it, as his final unbelief shows; and as he was by nature a child of wrath, as others, he remains such; and as the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness and ungodliness of men, it comes upon the children of disobedience, and remains there; it hangs over their heads, and lights upon them, and they will be filled with a dreadful sense of it to all eternity. 2.Geneva Study BibleHe that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not {c} see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. As the believer hath life, so the unbeliever hath wrath abiding on him. The wrath of God - The anger of God for sin. It implies, also, that it will continue to remain on him. Barnes's John 3:36 Bible Commentary Hath everlasting life - Has or is in possession of that which is a recovery from spiritual death, and which will result in eternal life in heaven. True faith always leads us to obedient ACTION. Bob and Shawn clarify the confusion sometimes caused by certain teachings of this verse. There are many aspects to be considered. The Syriac and Arabic versions render it, "shall abide upon him"; so some copies. THIS SENSE SEEMS MOST PROBABLE IN John 3:36, Acts 14:2; 19:9, Romans 15:31." THIS SENSE SEEMS MOST PROBABLE IN John 3:36, Acts 14:2; 19:9, Romans 15:31." Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary3:22-36 John was fully satisfied with the place and work assigned him; but Jesus came on a more important work. The phrase translated as "One and Only Son," or "only begotten Son" uses the Greek word monogenes. To Him be all praise and glory, for ever and ever AMEN. Piety here is the same that it will be there, except that it will be expanded, matured, purified, made more glorious. — John 3:36 NLT. It implies, also, that it will continue to remain on him. The commandment doth not only respect love, but faith in the first place; for faith worketh by love; so as there is an apeiyeia, a disobedience in the understanding, as well as in the conversation; and he that so believeth not, as to obey, shall never come into heaven, which felicity is here expressed by seeing life; as not seeing death is not dying, so not seeing life is dying. John 3:36: “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” There are two and only two options: Believe in Jesus and have eternal life; or, do not obey Jesus and be under God’s perpetual wrath. It must be so. Shall not see life—A life which is over and above the earthly life he now sees, and which is the gift of the Son conditioned on faith. But the chilling words that follow warn us that whoever chooses to reject the clear teaching of the gospel of grace, will experience shocking and eternal consequences: for he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. But there is also a fearful positive contrast. Very remarkable are the following words of the Jews (b) concerning the Messiah, whom they call the latter Redeemer: "whosoever believes in him "shall" live; but he that believes not in him shall go to the nations of the world, and they shall kill him.'' Before we can look at John 3:16’s meaning we need to understand how we got there. God has given Christ the power and authority to bestow everlasting life on all who trust in Him for their salvation.. and it is granted simply by believing on Him, for He who believes in the Son has eternal life. Yet thousands choose to remain in this state, and to encounter alone all that is terrible in the wrath of Almighty God, rather than come to Jesus, who has borne their sins in his own body on the tree, and who is willing to bless them with the peace, and purity, and joy of immortal life. John was the one who recognised the glory of the Lord, about whom he was testifying and cried out: He must increase and I must decrease. The prefix a means "not" and the verb peitho means "to obey" when used in the active sense or "to be persuaded" when used in the passive sense. He shall have no perception of life simply considered, much less of eternal life, the full and complex development of life. John was a voice crying in the wilderness: prepare ye the way of the Lord. May 15, 2015 by admin. Note.—How flatly does this contradict the teaching of many in our day, that there neither was, nor is, anything in God against sinners which needed to be removed by Christ, but only in men against God! The English Standard Version reads at John 3:36: “ Whoever believes [ ho pisteuōn] in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey [ ho apeithōn] the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”. Hence “he that believeth on the Son hath eternal life”. For this is the work of God as well as the command of God.. to all who are dead in their trespasses and sins: that you believe in Him Whom He has sent - that you believe in Christ's finished work, for the forgiveness sins and life everlasting. The word here translated believeth not, is apeiywn, which often signifieth, one that is not obedient. Eternal life is only received by believing that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners and that salvation is a gracious gift of God, that is received by faith in His cruel death and His glorious resurrection.. John 3:36. ὁ πιστεύων … ἐπʼ αὐτόν. John was to bear witness that Jesus Christ came from heaven as the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sin of the world - by grace through faith, so that all who believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. The Syriac and Arabic versions render it, "shall abide upon him"; so some copies. Thank you that He rose again from the dead, so that by faith in Him I might not experience the shocking and eternal consequences of God's wrath, but receive the free gift of eternal life. Hence, to such an one, eternal life is not merely something future. What Is the Meaning of John 3:16? The original Greek word, apeithōn, means "rejecting belief," "refusing obedience," or "refusing to be convinced." Faith in God's Son is our doorway to life. He also knew that Jesus would increase in honour and influence, for of his government and peace there would be no … John 3:31-36 The Word of God . But this is the command of God, That men should believe on his Son, 1Jo 3:23. The Verses Before John 3:16. Compare wrath of the Lamb (Revelation 6:16). Believing in the existence of Jesus does not result in eternal life, for the historical evidence of His existence, (in both sacred and secular writings), is irrefutable. Both ὀργὴ and θυμός are used in the New Testament for wrath or anger, and without any commonly observed distinction. Now viewing scripture range from the book of John chapter 3:1 through chapter 3:36... John Chapter 3. John 3:36(NASB) John 3:36 (KJV) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. Commentary on John 3:22-36 (Read John 3:22-36) John was fully satisfied with the place and work assigned him; but Jesus came on a more important work. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not, was reckoned among the readings less to be relied on; in which the, He that believeth on the Son hath eternal life, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Shall never enter heaven.The wrath of God - The anger of God for sin. Bob and Shawn clarify the confusion sometimes caused by certain teachings of this verse. Question: "Does John 3:13 mean that no one went to Heaven before Jesus?" See on Acts 5:29. 36.Believeth on the Son—Accepts him as God incarnate. In John 18:36 Christ, on an extraordinary occasion, speaks of His kingdom. Compare 1 Peter 4:17; Romans 2:8; Romans 11:30, Romans 11:31. — John 3:36 NLT. "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." 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