John 3:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 3:18, NIV: "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."

John 3:18, ESV: "Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God."

John 3:18, KJV: "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

John 3:18, NASB: "The one who believes in Him is not judged; the one who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God."

John 3:18, NLT: "'There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God's one and only Son."

John 3:18, CSB: "Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God."

What does John 3:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

According to verses 16 and 17, God's love was demonstrated by sending Jesus to us. Rather than coming to judge, Jesus came to save anyone who would believe in Him. Verse 18 emphasizes the fact that there are only two options: life through Christ, or death. According to the Bible, every person is guilty of sin (Romans 3:23), and deserves to be separated from God (Romans 6:23). Verse 18 says that those who do not believe are "condemned already," in the present tense. We have already been declared guilty (John 3:19), because we are guilty. God's love and patience cause Him to delay judgment (2 Peter 3:9), so we have the opportunity to let Christ pay our penalty for us. The Bible clearly says we are saved by faith in Christ, but also that we are saved only through faith in Christ. Those who don't believe in Him cannot, and will not, find eternal life (John 3:36).