Jesus did not come to condemn us for our sin. We were already condemned because of our sin. He came to save us from the wages of sin which is death (eternal separation from God).Those who believe in Him are not condemned but those who do not believe stand condemned already. What does this mean?
A key phrase to understand in these verses is the phrase ‘believes in him’ (him referring to Jesus). There is much to be said about this but I’ll mention briefly a little of what this means. To believe in Him we must believe He is the unique Son of God, who is as fully God as the Father who sent Him into the world. It also means that we must believe that God the Son came into the world as a human being, such that He was and is fully God and fully man. It means that we believe that He is different than all other human beings in the sense that He was without sin. It means that we believe in His substitutionary death for our sins and He was raised from the dead to give us new life. His death satisfied God’s wrath for our sins and His resurrection has declared us in right standing with God. Lastly to believe in him means that we must acknowledge that we are sinners, confess (agree with God about what He calls sin) our sins to God and repent (turn from our sin) and turn to His gracious provision to save us and give us eternal life, Jesus Christ.
We stand condemned because of our sin and Jesus came to save us from this condemnation if we believe in Him. But if a person fails to believe in Him then He is under and will face God’s wrath for his/her sin (John 3:36). The one who died and rose again from death is the same one given authority to judge at the end of the age. So you can choose to embrace your sin and reject the God who sent His Son, Jesus, to save you. Or you can turn from your sin to God by trusting Jesus Christ. The choice is yours one leads to death (eternal separation from God) and the other to life (an eternity with the God whose love is infinitely better than you can imagine). Go to www.everyperson.com for information on how to begin a relationship with God.
This is an excerpt from the article that I recently wrote '#Lovewins Only If You Turn To God'. This article can be found at http://www.davidwilliamsspeaks.com/#!purityholiness/ccy5