Over the last couple days I have had a recurring thought in my mind. If you met someone who had never heard of Jesus or the Bible, but you could only share 3 verses with them, which 3 would they be? Tough thought from the Lord, so I have been praying over it. I am not including the Scripture pin verse in my choice of 3, but that verse is my focus for the 3 verses I chose. The whole Bible is summed up in what Jesus Christ did for mankind at the cross. It is through faith in Him alone that we are saved because He is the only One who died to forgive our sins. It is His blood that washes away our scarlet sins, so they are white as snow (Isaiah 1:18)! Thank You Jesus for paying the price for our sins in full (John 19:30)! Thank You for Your forgiveness and love!
I was also thinking about how a person who had never heard of Jesus or any of the verses in the Bible might not understand words like “sanctification” and other Christian lingo we believers get used to saying. If I was given the opportunity to share Christ with someone like that and only use 3 verses while I share, then I would want to go back to the basics and make it as simple as possible. It’s all about what God did for us in Jesus Christ in His love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness for all of us! It is simply our calling to share what He did with the world (Matthew 28:18-20). It is every believer’s great honor and blessing to share that great news in the power of the Holy Spirit! God does not want anyone to perish, but for all of us to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9)! That is the best news anyone in the whole world could ever hear!
Here are the 3 verses that have been on my heart. I use them a lot on my blog because they are foundational to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is that we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. To be saved means that our sins are forgiven and we are given eternal life in Heaven through faith in Jesus! This salvation is a gift from God that we could never earn. He gives us this awesome gift because He loves us and it must be received by faith. There is no boasting in Heaven. We are NOT saved by works as if we are on some kind of point system or as if God owes us something. Our salvation is secured and guaranteed through faith in Jesus alone.
#1: Back to the foundational verse of the entire Bible. Every prophecy and everything that is written from Genesis to Revelation all points to Jesus and this verse sums it up beautifully!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus speaking in John 3:16
That is powerful truth straight from Jesus! If that was the only verse that a person ever heard, it would be enough to lead them to faith in Jesus and be saved! God loves us and if you believe in God’s Son Jesus Christ, you will not perish but have eternal life! To perish means to die in your sins. We all need forgiveness and if you believe in Jesus, then God will forgive all of your sins and you will not perish! You will be saved and have eternal life! May that verse go out and bear fruit as we know it always does Lord Jesus, Amen!
#2: How do we receive this gift of salvation by faith?
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
That is THE answer to that question folks! This is where I would explain sin and how we need forgiveness and why Jesus died for us. I would explain that God is holy and perfect and because of our sin we miss the mark of His perfection. How nothing we could ever do in our own efforts to get to Heaven would bridge that gap, so God became a man and died for us to forgive our sins and give us eternal life.
#3: I would want the person to understand that salvation is a gift from God that could never be earned by works. I would explain that no amount of sacrificing of animals or chanting or meditating or burning of incense or offerings or good works or any other effort of man would ever be enough to pay the price for their sins. I would explain that Jesus Christ died for us, so that all of mankind would be completely forgiven and there is no longer anymore need for sacrifice or any other kind of sin cleansing ritual. I would explain that the God of all creation took care of that Himself and it is through the blood of Jesus Christ that we are forgiven and saved. And God did it all because He loves each and everyone one of us!
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”
There are so many other verses I could have used (Romans 3:23, 5:8, and 6:23 for example), but these would be the 3 that I would use if I found myself ministering to a secluded tribe in the Amazon or something and I could only use 3 verses for some reason. My heart is filled with so many verses of God’s truth and I would want to say so much more, but even if all I had was John 3:16 it would be enough. All I have to do is get out of the way and introduce them to Jesus. His Word is powerful enough!
Which 3 verses would you choose? Let me know in the comments!
May we all focus on Jesus in all things at all times in all seasons of life! Amen!
Grace and peace to you all!