Matthew 3:16, Mark 3:16, Luke 3:16, John 3:16, Acts 3:16, Romans 3:16, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 3:16, Galatians 3:16, Ephesians 3:16, Philippians 3:16, Colossians 3:16

Today is Easter and many are thinking about John 3:16, a very important salvation verse.  John 3:16 is referred to so much and rightly so, as it is a deep concept.  I decided to take a closer look at the New Testament to see if the books there contained a similar message in the third chapter and sixteenth verse (if those chapters and verses were available due to length of the book, etc.).  Here’s what I have found so far:

Matthew 3:16 – Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, heaven was opened, and the Spirit of God was like a dove lighting on Him.

Mark 3:16 – Jesus chose 12 disciples and the list starts with Peter.

Luke 3:16 – John the Baptist said he baptized with water but the one to come (Jesus) would baptize with the Holy Spirit.

John 3:16– Whoever believes in Jesus shall have eternal life.

Acts 3:16 – A crippled beggar had faith in the name of Jesus as Peter healed him.

Romans 3:16 – This verse is under the section, “No One Is Righteous” and speaks of ruin and misery.

1 Corinthians 3:16 – We are God’s temple.

2 Corinthians 3:16 – This is about turning to God.

Galatians 3:16 – This verse is under the section, “The Law and the Promise” and is about the one seed who is Jesus.

Ephesians 3:16 – This falls under the section, “A Prayer for the Ephesians” and is about strengthening with power through God’s Spirit.  (The next verse is about Jesus living in their hearts.)

Philippians 3:16 -This is under the section, “Pressing on Toward the Goal”.  Paul mentioned living up to what was already attained.

Colossians 3:16 – This is under the section, “Rules for Holy Living.”  Paul spoke of Jesus’ words dwelling in them as they taught and sang with thankful hearts to God.  (I never stopped to think about Paul singing, but he must have.)

Next week I plan to look at the rest of the New Testament books (that can be included in this study).  I know there is at least one striking similarity to John 3:16 in one of the remaining books.

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