Chapter
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
Verse

John 3:15

ESV that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
NIV that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.'
NASB so that everyone who believes will have eternal life in Him.
CSB so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
NLT so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
KJV That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
NKJV that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

What does John 3:15 mean?

Speaking to Nicodemus, a visiting Pharisee (John 3:1), Jesus explains how His role as Messiah was symbolized by the bronze serpent Moses made in the Old Testament (Numbers 21:4–9). To save the people from death brought on by their own sin, God had Moses construct an image of a snake and place it on a pole. When it was lifted, anyone who looked at it was cured. In the same way, Christ will be "lifted up" on a cross, and anyone who looks to Him in faith will be saved (John 12:32). This not only symbolizes the fact that salvation is completely outside of our own ability, but also that it must be entirely by faith. Looking at an image held high on a pole required no "work" on the part of the Israelites. All it required was faith—but those who refused to express that faith were going to die in their own sins.

Jesus refers to the life being offered as "eternal." This uses the Greek word aiōnios, which means "everlasting," "unending," "forever," or "ceaseless." In other words, this life is absolutely, irrevocably permanent. The result of faith in Christ is not just a rescue from death, but a rebirth (John 3:3) into never-ending life.
Expand
Expand
Expand
What is the Gospel?
Download the app: