There are two types of promises God offers us, the preferred ‘unconditional’ promise – you do nothing to receive it, and the ‘conditional’ promise, you must do something to receive the promise. John 3:18 is a conditional promise, there is no judgement against believers. This scripture is a conditional promise from God. No judgement for believer’s, judgement for non-believer’s. The latter is not God’s desire. God does not want anyone to perish, yet if they go down this road they will.
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NASB
It might be safe to say, we all have family members and friends that don’t really believe in Christ. They know of him, but not in Him for various reasons.
This is where our responsibility to the Good News (the Gospel) begins. It is time to share, Jesus is more than a Prophet, He is our Lord and Savior, who died for our sins and offers us Salvation.
In sharing, we must do two things 1) share the Word, and 2) demonstrate the Word through our behavior. 1 John 3:18 further explains the purpose of demonstration.
Jesus is Love. Non-believers need to see us exude Jesus’ Love in all we do. It is a big order , the carnal man prefers to act out, but as followers of Christ we must hold the Gospel close to our hearts, and live and share the ‘Good News.’ We are God’s ambassadors on earth.
So here we are – Conditional Promises always requires something from us, in this case evangelism. We evangelize through Word and deed (action). They are linked, neither is effective on their own.
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