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I’m so excited about the opportunity to blog. I love good conversation and in a perfect world I’d have a big beautiful porch with rockers and other similar seating, days warmed by sunshine,  iced tea and lemonade for refreshment, and the company of close friends and loved ones where we were all engaged in conversation sharing thoughts, feelings and a lot of laughs.

However, this is not my present reality, much as I’d love it to be, so I find I do the best I can with what I have. While a blog is not a personal two way conversation, it will serve as a good medium wherein I can share my thoughts, feelings and opinions.I hope I am able to write things that are edifying, entertaining or otherwise enjoyable to read. I’d really enjoy positive feedback.

I will also use this forum as a means to share some of the good reads I enjoy. I have a passion for learning and I also enjoy good fiction. Since childhood I’ve been a real mystery buff. Most of my blogging will be on non-fiction, however, as I want to share about some of the good and edifying work that I come across.

With any luck I’ll be able to write something that resonates with you, enough so that you look forward to hearing from me again.

Until then…         Gina Torso shot-crop

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Sleeping in on a Saturday morning, in my opinion, is a dream; one I love to experience! I’ve been lucky to have been able to experience this treat many times in my life, particularly these past few years that I’ve shared my life with a man who is typically an early riser; he’ll tend to the household thus allowing me to sleep in.

So, imagine my perplexity this past Saturday morning, Sept 22, 2018 when, for no apparent reason, I woke up just past the crack of dawn! What the heck, yo!

Since there was no urgent reason to get up I remained in bed, the back of my head buried in a pillow, thinking about the weird dreams I had before waking up. Aside from being weird they were of no consequence so I wasn’t making anything of them.

Suddenly I was caught by surprise when the following lyrics crashed into my consciousness in such manner as to command my attention:

“no time left for you, I’m on my way to better things…”

Simultaneous to this, with absolutely no correlation to the dreams of the night, I was presented with a visual in my minds eye:

In what I initially perceived to be water I saw what appeared to be stick like figures, floating upwards.

But then I realized, somewhat surprised, what I was seeing was not water but was a skyline; I was seeing images floating up into the sky ascending above the roof tops.

Immediately following this image there appeared an exceedingly bright light, seeming to have shape, but not identifiable to me; this supremely bright white light was shining out from amongst the clouds.

Rather excitedly I chuckled to myself thinking: “wow, we may be seeing something happen real soon after all”.

Then I saw the image of the bright white light a second time.

Initially I found this experience rather curious but as the day went on, and I pondered more upon the experience, I began to sense this was not so random as it initially seemed, but in reality may well have been an important experience and/or a message.

I guess you could say it took a bit before the significance of it all really set in with me.

Not recalling what that song was but knowing it from my past, I got up from bed and did an internet search of the lyrics: here’s a youtube of the song. However, it was only that particular stanza, as quoted above, I heard while having this particular experience or vision.

From my heart

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“What does it profiteth a man if he gain the whole world but lose his soul… ”

As I sat here staring at a blank blog page with a desire in my heart but absolutely no idea how to express it, the above words came to mind.

I believe those words comprise the lifeblood of the message that is in my spirit which I pray will touch your heart.

A little over 7 years ago, in the midst of a crisis of my faith, I phoned my childhood best friend. At age 11 my family moved 850 miles away from my childhood home, so this friend and I no longer maintained the typical friendship of those who are blessed to grow up together in the same town. But this friend and her family were so near and dear to me, I reserved a place for her in my heart, for life, and periodically kept in touch in an attempt to sustain our friendship.

As she and I were raised under the same religious culture, but knowing she did not live true to the religion, she was, I believed, the one I could safely call. I needed someone whom I believed would understand, to discuss with this crisis I was in, upon coming to recognize this church in which I was raised and had been faithful to for the better part of my life was, actually, in fact, not all it perported to be.

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In this phone conversation I learned a few things: while my friend did not live the religion in her daily life, she still held to the culture and believed the church to be true; my friend believed what is important to make it to heaven is simply to be a “good person”; and lastly, my crisis of faith of the church actually seemed to serve distancing this friend from me; something I feared it would those who remain active believers of this particular church; I just never anticipated it of this friend.

However, that phone conversation is the last this particular friend has accepted from me.

I still love that friend and I’ve missed her. But more importantly is what I have come to understand in the years since that phone call with her.

In particular, on my mind today, is not so much her belief that this particular church and culture are true, but more importantly of her belief that you only need to be a “good person” to obtain eternal salvation into Heaven.

This is a false belief and my objective desire today is to share with you, my reader, what is essential to obtain the saving Grace of God, so as to obtain eternal salvation in the glories of eternal heaven, as opposed to finding yourself in the realm outside of heaven thereby being cut off from the presence of God which equates to spending eternity in the realm of Hell.

To begin we need to understand why any of this is relevant, and I believe the following sums it up well:

 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.  (Romans 5:12-15)

In a nutshell: Adam sinned against God and in that moment suffered spiritual death. He was cut off from the presence of God.

In order to restore a way for mankind back into the presence of God, (since we each are born of Adam with a sin nature) a sacrifice had to be made to atone for sin.

This was accomplished by God (the son of God: Jesus Christ) coming to this earthly realm and taking on the form of humanity; this being accomplished by the Holy Spirit implanting in the womb of the virgin Mary so that she would bear the human child in which the spirit of God, (the son of God) dwelt, thereby creating a human being that was both God and man.

And Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, “Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father who is in Heaven.  (Matthew 16:16-17)

Thus it was that Jesus was without sin which qualified Him worthy to be a sacrifice to atone for the sins of all of mankind.

However:

For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live”  (Romans 8:13)

For us to be able to partake in the redemption offered us of God by way of this atoning sacrifice, it is requisite that we ACCEPT this gift; acceptance of this gift is done by way of faith and believing.

To deny the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ leaves us lost in our sins:

Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.  (John 8:24)

or again:

Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.  (Colossians 2:9)

On the other hand, when we accept and believe on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ:

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  (Romans 8:1-2)

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 10:9-11)

I think because my original foundational understanding of the gospel began with religion based upon law, it was challenging for me to come to understand and accept the principle of grace, a principle taught us by the Apostle Paul.

Perhaps this is why I was given a particularly powerful dream, one I felt was worthy to share, which I did in a previous blog post. You can read it by following this link

I recommend reading it, as I believe it serves well to drive home an understanding of this powerful gift or blessing that can be ours.

Following are a couple scriptures that define what I came to understand in the dream:

 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:27)

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us (Romans 8:34)

While doing research I came across an article wherein I learned the following:

There are two kinds of faith: ascentia and fiducia.

Ascentia is a mental acknowledgment.

Understanding this helped me understand something that once puzzled me:

In reading from the New Testament I realized the demons who took possession of mortal bodies recognized Jesus as the son of God.

In my mind this establishes a couple points:

1) Jesus IS of God, because these demons, followers of Satan, each of whom once dwelt in the Heavens with God clearly would know of the deity of God and thus of the Son of God. Therefore, when He dwelt upon the earth they recognized Him.

2) Despite fully recognizing Jesus, thereby “believing” it was Him, and thus knowing He IS the Son of God, yet still they are NOT saved. So, what’s the difference?

The difference is between ascentia and fiducia.

Fiducia is a faithful, independent trust in the work of Christ upon the cross. It is in believing and trusting that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ: His offering up His life and allowing His blood to be shed for our sins: is the only way through which we can and will be saved.

So it’s more than just knowing of Jesus Christ. Many are those that can know of Jesus. There is secular documentation from the time when Jesus walked upon the earth that allows us to know He was a real life character. Knowing OF Him is not enough.

Salvation requires believing in Him; believing His atonement; trusting in the salvation He offers: understanding that is is ONLY through Jesus Christ that we can come to the Father.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.   (John 14:6)

Being a good person and doing good works is a good thing, but it will NOT bring us to the eternal Father!! It is NOT the key.

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,    (1Corinthians 15:1-4)

And once we have this; hold fast, because:

…“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”  (1 Cor 2:9)

 

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:37-39)

I pray that if your faith was wavering or, simpering out, or no longer existent, it is revived, so that the fire now burns within your spirit and that your HOPE burns bright, as we wait upon our Lord and Savior, because HE has long promised HE WILL RETURN for those who love Him.

 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? (Romans 8:24)

May God Bless You.

 

of eclipses and volcanos

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You probably are aware there is to be a mega blood moon on Friday which will be experienced clearly over the middle east continents of this world.

Due to the time difference, those on that part of the world will see it at night while those of us on the American continent will be experiencing blue skies and sunshine in the mid morning hours of the day.

A question I’ve had but didn’t find answers to, is will we (those of us on the America’s) experience any type of eclipse. However, this morning I began listening to a women who does very analytical studies. In this series she just put out pertaining to the blood moon, I learned there is a possibility we may very well experience an eclipse.

I also learned there is a possibility the effects of this lunar eclipse could cause the Yellowstone volcano to blow. We know it’s been showing some activity of late which has the attention of those who understand that, should this volcano blow, it would have devastating effects on this portion of land mass.

So, to back up a bit, some of you are likely familiar with the one and only dream I had for which I spoke with assurance it was a vision from God. I’ve had some interesting and some insightful dreams in my life, but of this dream I have known, without question, it was of God. I have never claimed to know why I was shown what I was shown, and I didn’t fully understand what it was I was being shown.

However, in the span of time since October 8, 2016, which is when I was awakened from my sleep and instructed that I must remember this, upon which the dream was brought to my now conscious mind with distinct clarity, I have been paying attention to both scripture and world events in a desire to better understand what I was shown.

Months after the dream  my studies led me to recognize a correlation between the opening of the 6th seal (from Bible prophecy as given in the book of Revelation). That was a jaw dropping moment that gave me chills, as I recognized the connection.

Some months later, again, I was given reason to believe the “cloud of darkness” I saw just prior to the “bolts of fire” was from an solar eclipse. Thus it was, last year, I was paying close attention when I learned the American continent would experience a total solar eclipse.

Today, in the middle of listening to the series, I paused it to look for photos depicting what a volcano blowing looks like. I specifically wanted to see if in process it caused “bolts of fire” to effectively “rain” down from the sky. I’ve inserted a picture that suggests to me this may very well be so. As we know, this type of natural disaster causes much destruction, which is exactly what I was made to know was the result of the “bolts of fire” that rained from the sky in my dream.

The dream is posted here

If you’ve not already read it, I think you may find it most interesting. For myself, it was amazing to see.

While I am NOT prophesying anything with what I am saying now, I do state I am seeing a good possibility of what could come to pass.

And given all the factors, I see a strong possibility it could happen within the next days to come.

Combined with this, I have been having some personal experiences which lead me to believe the judgments of God are indeed about to rain upon us, just as I was made very aware that what I was shown in that dream were, in fact, judgement of God.

One very important point I understood in my dream was I did not have a spirit of fear. The reason being because I felt the protection of God. Those that put their faith in Jesus Christ need not have a spirit of fear because God has promised that He will protect those that are His.

Thus it is I constantly emphasize the point to get your life right before the Lord; to place your hope and trust in the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

TODAY is the day to do this if you have not already. We absolutely cannot count on tomorrow.

2 Corinthians 6:2

For He says:

I heard you in an acceptable time,
and I helped you in the day of salvation.

Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.

Here is a link to the first of the series I have been listening to:

West Coast EARTHQUAKE

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Okay, so let me try and cut to the chase: can you say EARTHQUAKE on exponential and devastating proportions?!?

I know, I know, I’ve been hearing about “the BIG one” since I was in elementary school, and some of you know that was a VERY LONG TIME AGO, but…..

Something very well may now be afoot, and it’s no joke and it’s not a conspiracy.

For example: “Eleven earthquakes ranging from 2.8 to 5.6 magnitudes were reported off Oregon‘s southern coast Tuesday morning.”

That’s the part they are reporting, but I’m hearing there is more that is not being reported.

This is a long video. It’s current and it sheds a bit of information via a guy who pretty much lives and breaths this stuff, so he does know what is going on:

 

Here’s a much shorter video I was just listening to. I’ve never before listened to this guy (didn’t know about him) but there is something in what he said herein that prompted me to share this information:

 

Here’s the thing: there is a major blood moon coming July 27th, 2018, so in a few days from now. Add to that all the planets have lined up in what I understand to be a unique manner. I’m hearing along with the blood moon Mars will pass extremely close to the earth; an event that is very very rare.

I am wondering just how much all of these events affect the earth. I have a feeling more so than we might realize.

IF, or should I say WHEN this earthquake hits, it is predicted hundreds of people will die.

TODAY is the day of our salvation. TODAY is the day to get right with God. Jesus Christ is “the way” “the truth” and “the life”. It is ONLY thru Him that we have salvation.

John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

If you have not, call upon Jesus Christ now! Get eternally saved today, you may not have a tomorrow.

Today is the day…

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Standing waist high in rather swampy water, I noted the water was not a murky green, but instead was an orange red color.

From my viewpoint I saw my son and a girlfriend standing together; to my right of them stood a tall man; however, my son and this young woman’s interaction was limited to between themselves; they seemingly unaware of me or this man.

Next thing my son was standing away in the distance, no longer with this young woman, whom I knew he had been in relationship with.

Making my way over to the young woman I engaged in conversation with her.

The male personage still stood, now off to my left. There was a barrier standing between us and Him, which at the time wasn’t significant and, despite being aware of his presence, there was no attempt to engage with him or vise versa.

I understood this young woman was a virgin and that she was separated from my son and concerned he no longer was a virgin.

I found I was explaining  to her that ALL of us have sinned; no one is free of sin, and there is not a grading scale for degrees of sin. Instead all sin is in opposition of God, and thus separates us from Him.

(Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,)

I attempted to impress upon her to not judge my son, explaining that through Jesus he could be made clean. 

(Hebrews 10:10  By this will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.)

I then went on to state that all of us, all mankind, will stand before God in judgment one day.

(Revelation 20: And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.)

However, those of us who believe in, and trust in Jesus Christ: as our Lord, and our Savior, will literally see Him, Jesus, standing between us and the judgment of the Holy Father.

(Romans 10:13 For “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”)

Quite literally, through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, we can be made clean; God the Father will see us through Jesus, which is how we are seen as perfect.

(Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.)

(1 Corinthians 3:10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.)

As I was explaining to this young woman how my son, through faith in Jesus Christ will be made clean again, I very literally “saw”,  in my dream, Jesus standing between my son and the Holy Father.

As I witnessed this I was so strongly impacted by the reality of HIS redeeming love I was overcome with emotion and, literally, wept.

1 John 2:1-2
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

During the week since having this dream I have gained some clarity on it.

Virgin is representative of spiritual purity.

The murky waters represent the sins of mortal life of which we are surrounded and tempted.

This dream is applicable for all of humanity, it is not singularly about my son. I believe the Lord gave me this dream and used a visual of my son because it would serve to strongly impress upon my heart the full impact of the significance of the message; the significance of the sacrifice Jesus made for us, and the gift that sacrifice is on our behalf.

Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, now stands in the gap between us and the Father, and through our Savior we can be washed clean, IF we accept this gift offered us. 

John 14:6

Jesus answered,“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

Fire in MY veins

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Yesterday I spent time working on a sewing project for my youngest child. Just before going to bed, I opened up my tablet to see a youtube had just posted by a young women I enjoy listening to.

I enjoy her videos because I trust that what she shares is truth. She is humble, prayerful, and relies on the Holy Spirit for guidance including when she reads scripture.

I do not personally know her, aside from once posting a comment thanking her for what she shares via her videos, I have no communication with her, and I’ve never shared my blog with her.

Thus to have what she spoke confirm three specific experiences; each of which I have complete confidence were made known to me via the Holy Spirit thus are from the Lord; experiences that each are warnings, served rather as both a jaw dropper and to put some fire back into my veins.

What her video did was serve to show me that what I thought were three random warnings are in reality three events that will all come together at the onset of the “great tribulation”: a time that is very nigh at hand.

I had NO IDEA each of these are related–until last night; listen and hear for yourself!

Please take the time to listen to the following video, and then follow the links to important blogs posted.

 

First see: Raining Fire- Further understnding

Then read: The End of the Line?

Of us who live in the USA, this is very important: Judgement coming to America?

May 23, 2018 update. I just came across a fantastic video I highly recommend viewing. Please take time to listen, as the message is well backed up with scripture, thus rendering it, in my opinion, highly reliable, and thus very important.

Wonderland series

The following is some fantastic listening. I highly recommend all of it.

I know I feel fantastic every time I listen to this man; he’s wonderful!

This first part is great:

 

This second is, in my opinion, even better:

 

And if it keeps going in that direction this third part will be best (I’ll know after I watch it, in a moment; in the meantime I’m sharing it in faith because Andy Stanley, IMO, never fails):

 

 

I think it’s really coming!!

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The night of October 8, 2016 I was given a powerful dream then awakened and heard the words of instruction: “remember this”, after which I went back to sleep.

The next morning, after many other insignificant dreams all of which I’ve long since forgotten, I awoke to have that particular, technicolor, vivid and powerful dream brought back to mind accompanied by powerful feeling I lack words to properly describe. I felt a pressing on my spirit all day and found no rest until that afternoon, upon feeling impressed to do so, I wrote it down in detail and posted as a blog.

That dream is found here: Raining Fire

The feeling of that dream stayed with me for some time, and I shared with others when I felt led to do so. Initially I was guessing at what the “raining” of fire was. Some months later I, in listening to a series teaching on the book of Revelation, had a jaw dropping moment as I learned about Revelation 6. I had a strong feeling this may be describing what I’d been shown in my dream.

So I posted about that possible connection here: Raining Fire update and revision

I’m not entirely sure, but upon seeing the title of this video:

I was immediately drawn as the first thought that came to my mind was if this is so, then I may very well have been shown some of what will take place shortly.

I do know I spent the better part of a year watching for what I was shown to take place, as I knew, without question, it was from God. As spring has been rolling around, and with current events taking place in the middle east, I have again begun looking, wondering if this will be the spring we will see the events, of my dream, take place.

A little later the title of another video captured my attention, for reasons that may be obvious. In listening, when she spoke of “fire” from the sky, I knew I was going to post a comment on her video as well; she used the very term I used to describe just what I’d seen!!

This past summer I put together three significant experiences in the following blog:

Putting it all together

In a Nutshell

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Often we have heard the precursor to this, but I believe the following is of equal or perhaps even more importance. THIS is the reason why HE came to earth:

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  (John 3: 17-18)

And I believe it is SO important that each of us get firm on where we stand, because God does not “send” us to Hell, we are already destined for Hell. Jesus Christ came to SAVE us FROM Hell.

God, by way of The Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth, took OUR sin upon Himself, (He a perfect being without sin) and died in our place, so that WE do not have to die for our sins.

Remember, in the garden God warned that those who partook of the fruit of that particular tree would “die”. Well, they DID die, that day!: they died spiritually.

So, each of us are born spiritually “dead”. but, here’s the GOOD NEWS:

Because of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we can be saved from that eternal death!

THAT, friends, is what Hell is: eternal death!

To be SAVED from eternal death, or Hell, we need to ACCEPT the outstretched hand of Jesus Christ by BELIEVING on Him, believing IN Him, and thus accepting HIM as the LORD and SAVIOR that He is!

 

 

Then, take up our cross and follow Him.

“If you love me, keep my commands.” (John 14:15)

The following link is a good article to define what it means to “take up our cross”: 

https://www.gotquestions.org/take-up-your-cross.html

Jesus Christ IS coming back to earth, soon!

He promised He would return to earth, only this time it will be to gather up all who are true and faithful (both the living and the dead) who will be raised up in incorruptible bodies.

Those who REJECT Him (Jesus Christ) will remain on earth and will be tried by great tribulation:

Matthew 24:21 – For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Daniel 12:1 – And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

My constant prayer is that those I love and care about will believe on Jesus Christ and be ready for His return.

Remember:

John 3:16-18  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. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.