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John 3:15

    John 3:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    That whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    that whosoever believeth may in him have eternal life.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So that whoever has faith may have in him eternal life.

    Webster's Revision

    that whosoever believeth may in him have eternal life.

    World English Bible

    that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    that whosoever believeth may in him have eternal life.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 3:15

    That whosoever believeth - Bp. Pearce supposes that this verse is only the conclusion of the 16th, and that it has been inserted in this place by mistake. The words contain the reason of the subject in the following verse, and seem to break in upon our Lord's argument before he had fully stated it. The words, μη αποληται αλλα, may not perish but, are omitted by some very ancient MSS. and versions.

    Barnes' Notes on John 3:15

    That whosoever - This shows the fulness and freeness of the gospel. All may come and be saved.Believeth in him - Whosoever puts confidence in him as able and willing to save. All who feel that they are sinners, that they have no righteousness of their own, and are willing to look to him as their only Saviour.

    Should not perish - They are in danger, by nature, of perishing - that is, of sinking down to the pains of hell; of being "punished with everlasting destruction" from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power, 2 Thessalonians 1:9. All who believe on Jesus shall be saved from this condemnation and be raised up to eternal life. And from this we learn:

    1. that there is salvation in no other.

    2. that salvation is here full and free for all who will come.

    3. that it is easy. What was more easy for a poor, wounded, dying Israelite, bitten by a poisonous serpent, than to look up to a brass serpent? So with the poor, lost, dying sinner. And what more foolish than for such a wounded, dying man to refuse to look on a remedy so easy and effectual? So nothing is more foolish man for a lost and dying sinner to "refuse" to look on God's only Son, exalted on a cross to die for the sins of men, and able to save to the uttermost "all" who come to God by him.

    Wesley's Notes on John 3:15

    3:15 That whosoever - He must be lifted up, that hereby he may purchase salvation for all believers: all those who look to him by faith recover spiritual health, even as all that looked at that serpent recovered bodily health.

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