John 3:15

15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[a]

John 3:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
ESV
15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
NLT
15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
MSG
15 and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.
CSB
15 so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.

John 3:15 Meaning and Commentary

John 3:15

That whosoever believeth in him
Whether Jew or Gentile, a greater, or a lesser sinner, and of whatsoever state and condition, age or sex; and though ever so weak a believer, provided his faith, is of the right kind: not an historical or temporary one, a mere assent to the truth of things respecting his person, office, and work; but such a faith, by which a soul sees a glory, fulness, and suitableness in him as a Saviour; goes to him, ventures on him, commits itself to him, lays hold on him, and receives him, leans and relies upon him, and trusts in him, and lives upon him; and which is the faith of God's elect; a gift of his grace, and the operation of his Spirit; and which works by love, and is attended with the fruits of righteousness: now the end of Christ's crucifixion and death is, that such an one

should not perish;
though he is in a lost and perishing condition in Adam, and by nature, and sees himself to be so, and comes to Christ as such; and though his frames and comforts are perishing, and he sometimes fears he shall be utterly lost; and though he is subject to slips and falls, and great spiritual decays; and shall perish as to the outward man by death; yet he shall never perish eternally, or be punished with everlasting destruction, as the wicked will:

but have eternal life;
not by his works, but as the gift of God: and which he that truly believes; has already in the covenant of grace, in Christ his head, in faith and hope; and has the earnest and pledge of it, the Spirit of God; and the beginning of it, which is the knowledge of God in Christ; and shall hereafter possess it fully, and in person, to all eternity: even a life of perfect holiness and knowledge; a life of never ending pleasure; a life free from all the sorrows, distresses, and imperfections of this; and which will always continue.

John 3:15 In-Context

13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.
14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
16 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.
17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver 16,36; Genesis 15:6; Numbers 14:11; Matthew 27:42; Mark 1:15; John 1:7,12; John 2:23; John 5:24; John 7:38; John 20:29; Acts 13:39; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:22; Romans 10:9,10; 1Jn 5:1,5,10
  • 2. ver 16,36; S Matthew 25:46; John 20:31

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 21.