Main Point Summary
The manner in which God loved people is by taking the negative consequences of sin on himself and exchanging them for life and salvation through the Son.
John 3:16 For in this manner God loved the world that he gave the Only-Begotten Son, in order that every believing in him one might not perish but might have life eternal. John 3:17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order that he might judge the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
οὕτως γὰρ ἠγάπησεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν κόσμον,
For in this manner God loved the world
ὥστε τὸν υἱὸν τὸν μονογενῆ ἔδωκεν,
that he gave the Only-Begotten Son,
ἵνα πᾶς ὁ πιστεύων εἰς αὐτὸν μὴ ἀπόληται
in order that every believing in him one might not perish
ἀλλʼ ἔχῃ ζωὴν αἰώνιον.
but might have life eternal.
οὐ γὰρ ἀπέστειλεν ὁ θεὸς τὸν υἱὸν εἰς τὸν κόσμον ἵνα κρίνῃ τὸν κόσμον,
For God did not send the Son into the world in order that he might judge the world,
ἀλλʼ ἵνα σωθῇ ὁ κόσμος διʼ αὐτοῦ.
but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Giver -God is love. He is the the standard by which all other love is judged, and he chose to demonstrate his love in a particular manner. -The manner by which God loved us was by sending his Son -The one who is equal to him, begotten and not made, true God of true God. -This was the greatest possible act of love. Gift -God gave the Son -This only-begotten one, the Son, was given -Not taken, not forced, not coerced, but given, given freely and graciously. Recipients -This act of giving was done on behalf of the believing one. -Not the one who lived the most righteously, got the best grades, was the most attractive. Given to the one who believed. -Not even a verb is used here, it is a participle. -There is an emphasis on the fact that those receiving this gift did not do anything to deserve it. Instead of perishing, they are given life and not just life here but life eternal, a life that will never end or perish. The Son was not given and sent into the world in order to give the world what it rightly deserved, namely judgement. Instead, he was sent in order that God might save the world through him. The negatives together mean coming and deserved judgement and death, but there is an alternative because of Jesus. The negative statements are made as positive as they could be: Life eternal and salvation through the Son. The manner in which we are loved by God is in our being given life in place of death and salvation in place of judgement. Oh what a way to love.