by Ken Trivette

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It Doesn't Have to End This Way (7 of 8)
Series: The Wondrous Story as Told
Ken D. Trivette
John 3:16

1. A man once came to C.H. Spurgeon to ask him a question about the Bible. He said, ''There now, can you tell me what that means?'' With a twinkle in his eye, Spurgeon replied: ''Why, of course I can tell you what it means. It means just what it says.''

2. As someone has well said, ''God says what He means and means what He says.''

3. One of the most awful words in the Bible, as well as any language, is the word ''perish.'' There is nothing about the word ''perish'' that brings any cheer or comfort to the heart. It is a disturbing word that makes us all cringe.

4. Yet, we are reminded in John 3:16, that the word means just what it says and God says what He means and means what He says.

5. The good news of the wondrous story of redemption is that it doesn't have to end this way. Notice:


1. As I said, the word ''perish'' is an awful word. It is awful in what it declares and describes. The way the word is used in the Bible gives us some ideal of the awfulness of perishing.

2. When the word is used in the physical sense it has the ideal of destruction. In fact, sometimes the word is translated ''destroy'' in the Bible.
* In Matthew 5:29 the word is used of an eye that is plucked out.
* In Matthew 7:25 the word is used to speak of drowning.
* In Matthew 9:17 the word is used of wineskins that burst.
* In Matthew 2:13 the word is used to describe the act of murder.

3. In each case I have mentioned, the ideal is of something being destroyed; an eye, a bottle, and a life.

4. But when the word is used in the spiritual sense, such as in John 3:16, it has the ideal of a final condition or fate of the soul.

5. The perishing of the body is quite different than the perishing of he soul. When the body perishes it goes through a state of decomposing and back to the dust of the earth from whence it came. B ...

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