Unconditional Salvation versus John 3:16

Perhaps the most famous verse in the Bible is John 3:16. It reads, 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.

It may surprise you to learn that some who claim to be Christians believe our salvation in Christ is unconditional. The Calvinist believes we don’t have to do anything to be saved by the death of Christ. But look back at John 3:16 again …

Doesn’t the verse make it clear that everlasting life is conditioned upon belief?

· those that believe will receive everlasting life

· those that don’t believe will perish / not receive everlasting life

Can you imagine a preacher not being willing to accept the clear meaning of John 3:16 that salvation is conditioned upon our belief? I can’t either, but they do.

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