December 2 – John 3:16-17; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
John 3:16 is always a favorite for Christians, but many times we overlook the very next verse. Today pray for the Mormons and the immense amount of pressure they put themselves under by believing they’ll never be good enough to be saved. As if teaching you have to save yourself isn’t bad enough, notice here today what else they believe about Jesus.
“Only Begotten Son; Only Begotten in the flesh, meaning in mortality. This designation of our Lord signifies that he was begotten by Man of Holiness as literally as any mortal father begets a son. The natural processes of procreation were involved; Jesus was begotten by his Father as literally as he was conceived by his mother.” Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols., 1: 144.
“And the great and wonderful love made manifest by the Father and the Son in the coming of the Redeemer into the world; That through his atonement, and by obedience to the principles of the gospel, mankind might be saved.” Doctrine and Covenants 138:3-4.