John 3:16 – A Faithful Truth But Not An Offer
IF JOHN 3:16 IS A FREE OFFER TO BELIEVE UNTO SALVATION
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth [πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων] in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
[with “believeth,” pisteuon/πιστεύων, being in the present active participle form] .
THEN MATTHEW 5:28 IS A FREE OFFER TO LOOK UNTO ADULTERY
“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh [πᾶς ὁ βλέπων] on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart”
[with “looketh,” blepōn/βλέπων being in the present active participle form].
Because πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων (whosoever believeth), and πᾶς ὁ βλέπων (whosoever looketh) share the exact same biblical sentence structure and grammatical form. Both have “Pas” (all), followed “O” (pronounced ho, which is “the”), followed by a verb in the “present active participle” form (a participle form usually ends in “ing” so believing/looking are legitimate translations), which produces ‘all the [ones] believing/looking.’
Thus, the passages can be faithfully and literally read as:
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that all the [ones] believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
[Which is a precious fact]
Matthew 5:28 “But I say unto you, all the [ones] looking on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
[Which is a needful warning]
You simply cannot honestly, intelligently, and with any semblance of biblical (Koine Greek) linguistic consistency, make John 3:16 a “free offer of grace and salvation” without making Matthew 5:28 a “free offer of sin and judgment.” The Lord Jesus Christ no more makes a “free offer of the Gospel” here than He makes a “free offer of committing adultery in the heart.”
So, to the Arminians, Semipelagians, Calminians, and Amyraldians alike, please stop twisting Scripture. The most literal translation of John 3:16 reads “For God *in this manner* loved the *orderly arrangement of the world of mankind,* that He gave His only begotten Son, that *all the believing into Him [ones]* should not perish, but have everlasting life.” [Note: Kosmos, translated world in the AV/KJV, is the opposite of chaos in the Greek; it means an orderly arrangement of the creation or some aspect of it, which in this context, is the orderly arrangement of mankind]. God, as the creator and master potter, foreordains, orders, arranges, creates, and brings about all things — including the salvation of men.
The Lord does not leave salvation up to chance, nor does He leave it up to offers that can be accepted or rejected. Instead, He declares the Truth of what He did (The Gospel) and then *causes* His sheep, His people, to believe it (leaving the goats, the reprobate, to reject the Gospel in their self-willed sin and rebellion). God’s people are given eyes to see, ears to hear, a new heart, spirit, and mind, and they are made willing in the day of His power, to receive the Truth that God delivers unto them. God, in Christ, is the One doing for His elect, and for their complete salvation, all the things that they could not (and would not) do for themselves.
To God alone be the glory, none of it goes to man, his fallen self-will, nor to any carnal decision-making or choosing on his part. If one’s salvation is not all of God, in Christ, then one has no salvation at all.