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God Wrote His Love in Red

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September 20, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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God Wrote His Love in Red

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: John 3:16 is the clearest expression of
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  • how much God loves all of us and therefore it has survived over
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  • the years as the number-one verse to which you turn when
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  • you're trying to help somebody understand how much
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  • God loves them.
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  • [music]
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  • David: You know, one of the things about the love of God is
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  • it shows up at football games all the time.
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  • You'll often see somebody with a little sign at the end of the
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  • stadium that says, "John 3:16" and most people don't even know
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  • what that is.
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  • That statement says that God loves us and proved his love
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  • by sending his Son to die for our sin.
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  • And when we understand John 3:16, we have understood
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  • the message of the gospel.
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  • We have understood God's purpose in sending his Son
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  • to this earth.
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  • [music]
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  • [music]
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  • [music]
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  • David: John 3:16 is not just a moniker, just a statement.
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  • It is the presentation of the love of God
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  • in the greatest phraseology you'll ever read anywhere.
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  • [music]
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  • male announcer: Coming up on this episode of
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  • "Turning Point," Dr. Jeremiah will reveal
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  • something you may be missing about God's love in his series
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  • "God Loves You."
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  • David: Whoever you are wherever you are, whatever
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  • you've done, whatever your background, whatever situation
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  • you're in, with authority on the basis of the Word of God, I am
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  • telling you today God loves you.
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  • He always has loved you.
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  • He always will love you.
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  • What you do with that love is up to you.
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  • announcer: That's just ahead on "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Discover what you could be missing
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  • about God's love in Dr. David Jeremiah's book,
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  • "God Loves You."
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  • Inside, Dr. Jeremiah explains how the profound truth
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  • of God's love can transform the way you live.
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  • As you read, you'll uncover ten features of God's love
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  • that you may have never fully understood before.
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  • He answers questions like, "If God loves us,
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  • how can he allow pain and suffering in the world?"
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  • "Can we ever lose God's love?" And, "How can a loving God give
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  • seemingly prohibitive rules, and send people to hell?"
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  • "God Loves You" is yours as a thank you
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  • when you give a gift of any amount in support
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  • of this program.
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  • And if you support "Turning Point"
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  • with a gift of $60 or more, Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • the "God Loves You" set, which includes
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  • the "God Loves You" book, and the DVD album
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  • containing Dr. Jeremiah's complete teaching series.
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  • You'll also be able to follow along with
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  • Dr. Jeremiah's teaching using the "God Loves You" study guide,
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  • newly redesigned to include personal and group questions,
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  • plus a leader's guide.
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  • Also included in this set is the "Love Changes Everything"
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  • bookmark to remind you each day to be owned by God's love
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  • and to be known for your love as a believer.
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  • Experience how God's love changes everything.
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  • Order these resources when you support the ministry
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  • of "Turning Point."
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  • Contact us today.
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  • [music]
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  • David: John 3:16 is the most famous verse
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  • in the Bible, and it is the gist of the whole Bible
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  • wrapped up in just 25 words.
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  • If all the Bible were to be lost or destroyed except
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  • for John 3:16, there would be more than
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  • enough information for the entire world to be converted.
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  • John 3:16 tells us more about God and his plan for this world
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  • than any other Scripture to which you could turn.
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  • Whenever you hear the story of God's love, it strikes a
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  • resounding note in your heart because there's something
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  • that's in each of us.
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  • It's the fact that we've been created in the image of God.
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  • There's something that's in each of us that somehow, maybe
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  • it's in the distant recesses of our mind,
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  • but we know that God loves us.
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  • Then when somebody preaches it, it strikes fire with this
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  • intuitive thing that God has put within us.
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  • So, here from one verse in the Gospel of John,
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  • the most famous verse in the Bible
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  • are seven incredible truths about God's love.
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  • Number one, God's love is extravagant.
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  • For God so loved the world.
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  • When John wrote these words, God was considered to be
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  • a tyrant driving men to hell.
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  • Even today, heathen religions try to satisfy their gods.
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  • Medicine men and witchdoctors go through all kinds of
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  • incantations in their attempt to placate God.
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  • In their minds, God is an angry God who's waiting to punish
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  • all mankind and you gotta do something to talk him out of it
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  • and against that backdrop is John 3:16 which astounds us
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  • and reminds us that God is not a tyrant, but God is a God
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  • of pure and holy love.
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  • And the message of the Bible is not that man can satisfy God but
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  • that Jesus Christ has satisfied God in our behalf and that
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  • we can put our trust in him.
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  • The most significant word in John 3:16 is the little word
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  • "so."
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  • "For God so loved the world."
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  • In that word are all the agonies of the cross, all the suffering
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  • that Jesus experienced while he was on earth.
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  • God loved us and he loved us in a special way.
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  • He so loved us that he did something about that love.
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  • How did God love us?
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  • He so loved us.
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  • It's like, you go to somebody that you love today and you say,
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  • "I love you.
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  • I love you so much."
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  • God did not just say, "I love you."
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  • God said, "I love you," and then he did something to prove
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  • that he loves us.
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  • As he hung on the cross writhing in agony, God was writing his
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  • message to love to us in red.
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  • He knew that we were doomed and damned to death because of
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  • our sin and he sent Jesus Christ and Christ suffered and he
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  • demonstrated the Father's love for you and me.
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  • 1 John 3:1 says, "Behold what manner of love the Father
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  • has bestowed on us."
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  • God's love is extravagant, my friends.
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  • God did not just say, "I love you," but God said,
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  • "I so love you."
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  • Then he did something to prove it.
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  • Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates His own love toward
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  • us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
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  • God's love is extravagant.
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  • God's love is extensive.
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  • "For God so loved the world--" The Apostle John is known
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  • as the apostle of love.
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  • He's the one that called himself the disciple that Jesus loved.
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  • How incredible is it to discover that the first time John
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  • ever uses the word "agape," the New Testament word
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  • for love, is right here in John 3:16.
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  • He would go on to use that word 35 more times his gospel,
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  • 31 more times in 1 John, a total of 57 times in just
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  • the gospel and in 1 John.
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  • But here in John 3:16, he uses it for the first time
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  • and we're taught to believe that the first use of the word
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  • in the New Testament Greek language is to define
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  • the word for its use from that point on.
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  • So, here we are told that God so loved the world.
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  • God loves the lovable and the unlovable.
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  • He loves those who know him and those who don't know him.
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  • He loves them from every tribe and nation in the entire globe.
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  • God loves the whole world.
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  • One of the reasons why we are so committed to missions
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  • at Shadow Mountain is because we believe
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  • God has called us to express his heart to the world.
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  • What is the heart of God?
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  • He loves the world.
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  • Missions is simply our way of taking the love of God in every
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  • possible imaginable way we can come up with and sharing that
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  • with everyone in every corner of the globe through radio,
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  • and television, and individual missionaries, and through the
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  • streaming of our services, and through books, and every way you
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  • can think, every imaginable way.
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  • What we wanna do is we wanna stand on the mountaintop
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  • and shout, "God loves you.
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  • He always has and he always will."
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  • That is a message for the whole world.
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  • If there's anybody in this whole world that does not fit
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  • this statement of God's love, then the Bible cannot be true.
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  • You may know somebody you think is terrible.
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  • You may think, "Oh, that person God couldn't love him 'cause
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  • God could not love a Hitler, or a Stalin, or all these people
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  • that we know of."
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  • God loves the whole world.
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  • There's nobody that God does not love.
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  • His love is extensive.
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  • Now, we know that love is different in the ways
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  • that we describe it.
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  • For instance, I love the United States of America.
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  • I'm glad I was born here.
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  • I'm excited about being an American.
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  • Literally, every time I hear somebody stand up--like when
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  • we go to our arena events around the country, we start the event,
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  • Joi Bowling comes and she stands up and they put a big flag on
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  • the screens behind her and she sings, "God Bless America."
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  • And she's not into the third measure of that song
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  • before everyone's on their feet and they cheering.
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  • When that happens, I-- something happens in me
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  • as it does in you.
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  • I love America but I have a grandson named Levi
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  • and I love Levi.
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  • His little brother calls him Leviticus.
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  • I don't know why he does that but his name is Levi.
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  • Now, for me to say that I love the United States the same way
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  • I love Levi would not be true.
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  • I love Levi with an emotion in my heart and an intensity in my
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  • heart that is not possible for anyone else, anything else.
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  • But when God says that he loves the whole world, it is possible
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  • for God to love the world and yet at the same time, love every
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  • individual in the world in the same intimate, personal way
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  • that I love my grandson.
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  • When the Bible says that God loves the world,
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  • it does not differentiate between the two kinds of love
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  • I've expressed.
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  • God loves each individual in the world as if they were
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  • the only person in the world who needed to be loved.
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  • God's love is extensive.
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  • "For God so loved the world--" And thirdly,
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  • God's love is expensive.
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  • It's free to us, but it costs God everything.
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  • "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son--"
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  • God's only begotten Son means God's unique Son.
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  • The word "only begotten" means unique,
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  • means the only one God had.
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  • God only had one Son.
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  • His unique, his only begotten Son.
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  • The Bible says that Jesus is the image of God and he's
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  • the only begotten of the Father.
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  • And this is a love, according to John 3:16, that God demonstrates
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  • to us by giving us the most expensive gift
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  • he could possibly give.
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  • There is nothing else God could have done that would have
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  • exceeded the expense of the gift of his own Son.
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  • He looked around heaven and said, "What shall I do?
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  • I need to send this message of love to my creatures."
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  • And he put his hand upon his Son and said, "This will I do.
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  • I will send you there to be my message."
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  • He sent his only begotten Son into this world to pay
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  • the price of our sin and to demonstrate his love.
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  • Listen to 1 John 4:9, "In this the love of God
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  • was manifested toward us, in that God sent
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  • his only begotten Son into the world,
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  • that we might live through him."
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  • In other words, in this God communicated his love to us.
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  • In this, his love is communicated to us,
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  • is shared with us.
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  • In this, he shares his love with us.
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  • And how does he do that?
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  • He sends his only begotten Son into the world.
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  • God's love is also expansive.
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  • The Bible says, "For God so loved the world that He gave
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  • His only begotten Son, that whosoever,
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  • whosoever might be saved."
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  • Richard Baxter used to say that he was glad that God put the
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  • word "whosoever" in John 3:16.
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  • He said, "I'm glad he didn't put the word Richard Baxter
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  • in there."
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  • He said, "If he had put Richard Baxter
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  • in there, I would be tempted to believe that he loved
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  • some other Richard Baxter, some Richard Baxter
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  • who was less sinful than I am.
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  • But when I read the word 'whosoever,' I realize that
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  • it has to include me for that word includes everybody."
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  • The Bible says that God loves the world and because of that,
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  • whoever believes can receive his love.
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  • Each and every person, no matter who they are, where they come
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  • from, what language they speak, what color their skin is, what
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  • their background is, what they have done or haven't done, the
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  • Bible says God loves the whole world and he sent his Son to be
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  • the Savior of the whole world and whoever believes
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  • can be saved.
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  • Well, then you say, "Pastor Jeremiah,
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  • why isn't everybody saved?
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  • Why isn't everybody a Christian?
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  • Why doesn't everybody have a free pass to heaven?"
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  • Because you see, God's love is expansive,
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  • but it's also exclusive.
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  • Here's what I mean.
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  • Whosoever, what's the next word?
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  • Believes.
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  • Four times in these few verses, Jesus uses variations of the
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  • word "believe," perhaps the most important keyword
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  • in John's Gospel.
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  • The love of God will prove useless to everyone
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  • who does not believe.
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  • You see, God can offer you his love, and he offers it to
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  • the whole world and to everyone.
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  • If there's any gospel that you have heard that doesn't work
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  • in any place in the world, it's not the Christian gospel.
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  • The Christian gospel is for the whole world, the third world,
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  • for our world, for any world.
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  • But listen, just because God offers you his love doesn't mean
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  • that you get his love because in order to get his love,
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  • you have to receive it.
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  • You have to reach out your hands and take it.
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  • But God isn't just gonna force his love on you.
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  • God offers his love.
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  • His hands are wide open.
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  • The cross is a picture of his extended arms welcoming everyone
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  • to the shed blood of the cross.
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  • But my friends, you can't have what you don't receive.
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  • Listen to John 3:18, just a couple of verses ahead of
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  • one that we are talking about.
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  • "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not
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  • believe is condemned already, because he has not believed
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  • in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
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  • While it is true, my friends, to say that God loves everyone,
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  • it is not true to say that everyone receives
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  • that love.
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  • Only those who believe receive.
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  • God's love is extravagant, and extensive, and expensive,
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  • and it's expansive, and it's exclusive.
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  • Number six, it's exceptional.
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  • Whosoever believes will not perish.
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  • Let me straighten ya out on that a little bit.
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  • Perish does not mean to be annihilated.
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  • Perish does not mean that you cease to exist.
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  • Every one of you here today will be alive somewhere forever.
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  • You know, some teach that when you die, that's it.
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  • You cease to exist.
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  • But that's not what the Bible teaches.
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  • The Bible teaches that we all live forever and we're either
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  • gonna be alive forever in heaven or we're gonna be alive forever
  • 00:17:05.050 --> 00:17:07.240
  • in hell but we will be alive somewhere forever.
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  • Now, the Bible says if we put our trust in Jesus Christ, if we
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  • believe that he came to this earth and he was God's love gift
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  • to us, that he died on the cross and paid the penalty for our
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  • sin, if we put our trust in him and believe that,
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  • we will not perish.
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  • The word "perish" means to be separated from God forever.
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  • Sometimes it's referred to in the Scripture
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  • as the second death.
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  • To be separated from God is far worse than all the pictures
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  • of fire and brimstone you've ever seen about hell.
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  • To perish means to be cut off from God.
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  • The word means to be separated forever from the loving God
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  • and the Bible says that when we receive God's love,
  • 00:17:56.280 --> 00:18:00.100
  • we will never be separated from God's love.
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  • When you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior,
  • 00:18:04.180 --> 00:18:07.130
  • you receive eternal life and you don't get eternal life
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  • after you die.
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  • You get eternal life the moment you believe.
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  • When you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior,
  • 00:18:18.200 --> 00:18:21.170
  • you receive eternal life.
  • 00:18:21.180 --> 00:18:23.000
  • When does eternal life start for you?
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  • The moment you believe.
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  • And that means from the moment you believe all the way out
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  • into as far as you can imagine in eternity,
  • 00:18:28.280 --> 00:18:31.050
  • you are not separated from God.
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  • You cannot be separated from him.
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  • Some people ask me do I believe in eternal security.
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  • And I try not to argue with them.
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  • I just know what I know and what I know is the Bible says
  • 00:18:43.160 --> 00:18:46.230
  • when you accept Jesus Christ, you get eternal life.
  • 00:18:46.240 --> 00:18:51.080
  • And there aren't any cul-de-sacs on that life.
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  • There aren't any conditions on that life.
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  • There's no ifs on that life.
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  • Eternal means eternal.
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  • It means it cannot ever end.
  • 00:18:59.250 --> 00:19:01.130
  • Listen to Romans 8, "For I am persuaded
  • 00:19:01.140 --> 00:19:04.150
  • that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities,
  • 00:19:04.160 --> 00:19:08.020
  • nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
  • 00:19:08.030 --> 00:19:11.100
  • nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing,
  • 00:19:11.110 --> 00:19:14.110
  • shall be able to separate us from the love of God which
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  • is in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:19:18.230 --> 00:19:20.190
  • What part of this don't we get?
  • 00:19:20.200 --> 00:19:24.040
  • John says it, "And I give them eternal life
  • 00:19:24.050 --> 00:19:26.250
  • and they shall never perish."
  • 00:19:26.260 --> 00:19:30.240
  • And Romans 8:1 says, "There is therefore now
  • 00:19:30.250 --> 00:19:33.070
  • no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus."
  • 00:19:33.080 --> 00:19:37.240
  • When you become a Christian, when you truly put your trust
  • 00:19:37.250 --> 00:19:41.170
  • in Jesus Christ, you are given the gift of eternal life.
  • 00:19:41.180 --> 00:19:45.060
  • And some of you say, "Well, I know somebody
  • 00:19:45.070 --> 00:19:46.160
  • who said they were saved and now they're not.
  • 00:19:46.170 --> 00:19:48.120
  • They're not living--" You know what?
  • 00:19:48.130 --> 00:19:50.100
  • That's not my problem and really, friend,
  • 00:19:50.110 --> 00:19:53.040
  • it's not yours either.
  • 00:19:53.050 --> 00:19:55.220
  • All I know is what the Word of God says
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:19:58.160
  • and the Word of God says, "When I put my trust in Christ,
  • 00:19:58.170 --> 00:20:01.040
  • he gives me the gift of eternal life."
  • 00:20:01.050 --> 00:20:03.110
  • And how many of ya know God's not the kind of God who comes
  • 00:20:03.120 --> 00:20:05.180
  • and takes his gift back?
  • 00:20:05.190 --> 00:20:07.290
  • God is a God who always keeps his promise and when he gives
  • 00:20:08.000 --> 00:20:12.250
  • you the gift of eternal life.
  • 00:20:12.260 --> 00:20:14.060
  • Listen to this again.
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  • "And I give unto them and they shall never perish."
  • 00:20:15.250 --> 00:20:22.220
  • The exclusion of God's love can never perish if you have
  • 00:20:22.230 --> 00:20:27.140
  • accepted God's love.
  • 00:20:27.150 --> 00:20:30.000
  • And finally, and the best part is saved till last.
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  • Number seven, the perfect number, God's love is eternal.
  • 00:20:33.150 --> 00:20:39.090
  • "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
  • 00:20:39.100 --> 00:20:41.290
  • that whoever believes in Him will not perish
  • 00:20:42.000 --> 00:20:44.200
  • but have everlasting life."
  • 00:20:44.210 --> 00:20:49.150
  • Some of you know that I have amused myself in my adult life
  • 00:20:50.250 --> 00:20:54.010
  • by collecting things that people write on their tombstones.
  • 00:20:54.020 --> 00:20:58.190
  • I know that's sick, but I do it anyway.
  • 00:20:58.200 --> 00:21:03.180
  • And one of my favorites is written on a tombstone in of all
  • 00:21:03.190 --> 00:21:07.030
  • places, Tombstone, Arizona.
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  • It's an epitaph for a man whose name was Les Moore.
  • 00:21:10.270 --> 00:21:14.010
  • I don't think his friends really were mourning his death because
  • 00:21:14.020 --> 00:21:16.140
  • this is how the epitaph reads, "Here Les Moore,
  • 00:21:16.150 --> 00:21:20.140
  • no less, no more."
  • 00:21:20.150 --> 00:21:22.250
  • And I gotta tell ya, that might be true for Les Moore,
  • 00:21:30.030 --> 00:21:32.210
  • but it's not true for those who know Jesus Christ.
  • 00:21:32.220 --> 00:21:35.240
  • When we die, we will be more alive than we have ever been.
  • 00:21:35.250 --> 00:21:39.010
  • John 3:16 says when we believe, we have eternal life
  • 00:21:39.020 --> 00:21:43.270
  • as our present possession.
  • 00:21:43.280 --> 00:21:46.260
  • Eternal life begins now.
  • 00:21:46.270 --> 00:21:50.060
  • John 3:16 begins with a God who has no beginning and it ends
  • 00:21:50.070 --> 00:21:54.150
  • with a life that has no ending.
  • 00:21:54.160 --> 00:21:57.280
  • "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
  • 00:21:57.290 --> 00:22:01.290
  • that whoever believes shall not perish
  • 00:22:02.000 --> 00:22:05.040
  • but have everlasting life."
  • 00:22:05.050 --> 00:22:07.240
  • In his autobiography, author Arthur Miller tells of his
  • 00:22:07.250 --> 00:22:11.150
  • marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
  • 00:22:11.160 --> 00:22:13.250
  • During the filming of "The Misfits,"
  • 00:22:14.120 --> 00:22:16.190
  • Miller watched Marilyn descend into the depths of depression
  • 00:22:16.200 --> 00:22:19.290
  • and despair.
  • 00:22:20.000 --> 00:22:21.160
  • He was fearing for her life as he watched their growing
  • 00:22:21.170 --> 00:22:24.130
  • estrangement, her paranoia, and her continued dependence
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  • on barbiturates.
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  • One evening after a doctor had been persuaded
  • 00:22:29.270 --> 00:22:32.080
  • to give Marilyn Monroe yet another shot,
  • 00:22:32.090 --> 00:22:34.140
  • and she was sleeping, according to Miller in his book,
  • 00:22:34.150 --> 00:22:38.150
  • "Timebends," Marilyn was lying in bed under
  • 00:22:38.160 --> 00:22:42.190
  • the influence of the last shot she had been given.
  • 00:22:42.200 --> 00:22:45.260
  • And Miller said, "I found myself straining
  • 00:22:45.270 --> 00:22:48.170
  • to imagine miracles.
  • 00:22:48.180 --> 00:22:50.190
  • What if she were to wake and I were able to say to her,
  • 00:22:50.200 --> 00:22:55.030
  • 'Marilyn, God loves you, darling,' and she were able
  • 00:22:55.040 --> 00:22:59.200
  • to believe it?" And then he said this,
  • 00:22:59.210 --> 00:23:03.010
  • "How I wished I still had my religion and she had hers."
  • 00:23:03.020 --> 00:23:10.180
  • What a telling moment in the life of a famous person.
  • 00:23:10.190 --> 00:23:15.200
  • This is the message of this series of messages,
  • 00:23:15.210 --> 00:23:18.260
  • God loves you.
  • 00:23:18.270 --> 00:23:19.260
  • He always has and he always will.
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  • What we do with that love is all important.
  • 00:23:22.250 --> 00:23:25.120
  • God does not force it on us.
  • 00:23:25.130 --> 00:23:26.280
  • In fact, I don't know that you can force love on someone but I
  • 00:23:26.290 --> 00:23:32.040
  • want to tell you what the Bible tells us today as clearly as I
  • 00:23:32.050 --> 00:23:35.050
  • can, whoever you are, wherever you are, whatever you've done,
  • 00:23:35.060 --> 00:23:39.040
  • whatever your background, whatever situation you're in
  • 00:23:39.050 --> 00:23:41.270
  • with authority on the basis of the Word of God, I am telling
  • 00:23:41.280 --> 00:23:45.010
  • you today, God loves you.
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  • He always has loved you.
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  • He always will love you.
  • 00:23:48.250 --> 00:23:50.110
  • What you do with that love is up to you.
  • 00:23:50.120 --> 00:23:53.180
  • And when you receive his love by receiving his Son Jesus Christ,
  • 00:23:53.190 --> 00:23:57.180
  • you become a possessor of eternal life and your name
  • 00:23:57.190 --> 00:24:02.130
  • is put on the list, "Known to be saved,
  • 00:24:02.140 --> 00:24:06.160
  • known to be saved."
  • 00:24:06.170 --> 00:24:09.080
  • Which list are you on?
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return to close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • that you may have never fully understood before.
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  • allow pain and suffering in the world?"
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  • "Can we ever lose God's love?" And, "How can a loving God give
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • David: The red color of blood isn't the most pleasant subject
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  • of conversation but we can avoid it if we want to understand
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  • the depth of God's love.
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  • As John 3:16 says, God demonstrated his great love
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  • by sending Christ to shed his blood for the sins
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  • of the world.
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  • All that remains for you and me to do is to accept God's gift
  • 00:26:02.090 --> 00:26:06.090
  • of love by trusting in Christ's shed blood
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  • for the forgiveness of our sins.
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  • announcer: Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • David: When this young man got saved,
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  • there was a party in heaven and there was a party on earth.
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  • There were two parties going on, one in the father's house
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  • down here and one in the Father's house up there.
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  • They were celebrating the return of the lost son.
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  • announcer: Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "God Loves You Even When You Don't Love Him,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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