John 3:18 “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
Do you like to be told half-truths? When there’s both good news and bad news which is part of a story, do you like to be told just the good news so that you can feel good about what you are told and not get upset? Is ignorance really bliss? I would think most people would answer all three of these questions with “No.” We don’t really want to be protected from reality, even if reality is hard to hear. Hopefully we want to live life according truth rather than lies, even if to believe a lie may make us “feel good” in our ignorance. Any relationship that is a real relationship must be based on truth – the whole truth. And that’s the kind of relationship Jesus would have with us if we allow Him into our lives. In John 3:18 above, Jesus tells us the whole truth about belief in Him. The good news is that he that believes is not condemned. A believer will not end up consigned to Hell for all eternity after their physical death. We are told in another place in scripture that “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2).” This is all made possible because, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).” This is the gospel, the good news, more than that, the best news that anyone can ever hear. And yet there is a “bad news” aspect to all this, and that is that if we have never believed in Christ, we stand condemned right now. It’s the whole truth, and any real relationship with Jesus will be based on the whole truth. Indeed, if one is not made aware of the bad news, he or she will never believe, for, as Jesus said in another place “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners (Mark 2:17).” So, what would you rather believe: a half-truth or the whole truth?
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