For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.…
I. THE SATISFACTORY DECLARATION. A verdict of "not guilty" amounts to an acquittal, so the sentence of "not condemned" implies the justification of the sinner. This is —
1. A. present justification. Faith does not produce this fruit by and by, bug now.
2. A continual justification.
3. A complete justification, not half condemned and half accepted.
4. An effectual justification.
II. CORRECT SOME MISAPPRENENSIONS BY WHICH CHRISTIANS ARE CAST DOWN.
1. Some think they shall never sin again.
2. Others that they will have no more conflicts.
3. Others that they will be free from trials.
4. Others that the Father's countenance will always be clear. None of these are guaranteed.
III. WHAT THE TEXT INCLUDES — the believer.
IV. WHAT THE TEXT EXCLUDES — the unbeliever.
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.