John 3:17-18 WHY MEN GO TO HELL
John 3:16 tells that God so loved the world that He
sent His Only Begotten Son so that all the world could be
saved. Yet in spite of the fact that God has provided
salvation for all men, a lot of people go to hell. Our text
I. The basic cause of men going to hell
Adam's sin against God is the basic cause of men going
to hell. Adam's sin brought condemnation to all men, Rom.
5:8. Adam's sin also brought the sin nature to all men,
Eph. 2:3. Because of Adam's sin and the sin nature from
him, we have all sinned and come short of God's standard of
6:23. It brings both physical death and the second death.
II. Jesus not sent to condemn the world
V. 17, "For God sent not his Son into the world to
condemn the world..." Jesus was not sent into the world to
find out who the sinners are. He already knew who the
sinners were. He already knew about every sinner who would
ever live. He knew about every person who would live and He
knew that all would be sinners.
Jesus was not sent to find out what sins or how many
sins a sinner has committed. He could know all that without
having to be born into human flesh and living physically in
Jesus was not sent into the world to call men to appear
before the throne of God in judgment. The time for judgment
will come and every human being will appear at one time of
the other before God in judgment.
Jesus was not sent into the world to administer
punishment upon sinners. He was not sent to put men in the
into the world He would never have been crucified.
III. Jesus sent to save the world
(V. 17), "...but that the world through him might be
saved." God sent His Son to do the very opposite of
condemning the world. He sent His Son to save the world.
That is, He was sent to provide salvation for the world to
Jesus did just that. He provided salvation so that all
the world could be saved. He provided salvation for all
nations, all races, all classes and all people. He provided
salvation for every person who would ever live.
IV. The opportunity of salvation through faith in Jesus
V. 18, "He that believeth on him is not condemned..."
One who believed (trusts) in Jesus Christ is not condemned.
Every man is called upon to trust in Jesus for salvation.
Every man is given opportunity to trust Jesus and be saved.
Every man who trusts in Jesus is not condemned. He is
He is no longer condemned because of Adam's sin. The
blood of Jesus Christ took care of the Adamic sin for every
man. Therefore, the sin of Adam no longer condemns any man.
The sin nature no longer condemns him. He still has
the sin nature in his flesh. He does not still have the sin
nature in his inner spirit, because that part of him was
born again when he trusted Jesus Christ for salvation. But
the sin nature which still dwells in his flesh no longer
The sin that he commits no longer condemns him. He no
longer commits sin in his inward spirit because he has been
born again. He does still commit sin in his flesh nature.
He commits many sins even though he is saved. But the sins
which he commits no longer condemn him.
V. The one thing that does condemn a man to hell
Adam's sin no longer condemns him: the blood of Jesus
Christ takes care of the sin of Adam for all men. The sin
nature no longer condemns him even though he still has the
sin nature. The believer still has the sin nature and he is
not condemned. Likewise the unbeliever still has the sin
nature and he is not condemned by that sin nature.
His personal guilt of sin no longer condemns him. It
would if freedom from guilt had not been provided and
offered to him. But he is offered forgiveness of all sin.
The blood of Jesus Christ could cleanse him from all sin.
Therefore, the sins which he commits is not what condemns
The deciding factor in sending a man to hell is his
failure to trust Jesus Christ to save his soul. (V. 18),
"...but he that believeth not is condemned already, because
he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of
He has opportunity to trust in Jesus Christ and to be
uncondemned, but he is free to refuse to trust Jesus and be
saved. He can rebel against the whole idea.
Or, he may simply neglect to trust Jesus and be saved.
He may intend to trust Jesus some day. But for whatever the
reason, if he does not trust Jesus to save his soul he will
remain unsaved and he will remain condemned to hell. It is
his failure to trust in Jesus Christ that condemns him to
the fires of hell.
It is not that God gets angry at the man for not
trusting in His Son Jesus. It is not that God send the man
to hell because God got angry because he did not trust in
Jesus. It is because he was already condemned and there is
but one Person who can save sinners. That Person is God's
Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Anyone who neglects to
trust in Jesus Christ is condemned already. He has rejected
the only hope there is for him to be saved. Therefore, his
rejection of Jesus Christ is the deciding factor in him
going to hell.
Every person falls into one category or the other. One
is either a believer or an unbeliever. One is either
uncondemned or he is condemned. One is either saved or he
is lost. One is either headed for heaven or he is headed
for hell. In which category do you fall? If you are lost,
why not turn to Jesus now and call upon Him and ask Him to
save your soul?