Today I’m doing a little word and Bible study focused on the word perish … hope you’ll stay and follow along with me …
According to public opinion, the second most popular Bible verse right behind Ben Franklin’s ‘God helps those who helps themselves’ is without a doubt John 3:16,
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
The word perish really has an intense definition … to become destroyed or ruined. When simply speaking of death we don’t typically substitute it with perish. Typically people perish in a fire, people perish in a storm …
When you truly understand the word perish, who in their right mind would opt to perish over life everlasting? Think about it … the people of this world were perishing … no other options. Yet God chose life everlasting over perishing for the people of this world. And out of His love he gave Jesus to make the Way out of perishing into eternal life … believing IN Jesus became the Way for the people of this world to enter into eternal life.
- A child of God believes IN Jesus.
The will of our Father in heaven is that none perish …
“What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish. Matthew 18:12-14 (NASB)
and He is patient toward us not wishing any to perish …
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NASB)
but He is looking for repentance …
“I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” Luke 13:5 (NASB)
- A child of God comes to repentance.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27-28 (NASB)
- A child of God hears and answers the call of Jesus.
- A child of God knows Jesus and is known by Jesus.
- A child of God follows Jesus.
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NASB)
- A child of God knows the word of the cross is the power of God.
For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 (NASB)
- A child of God will be a fragrance of Christ to the church – to those who are being saved.
- A child of God will be a fragrance of Christ to the world – to those who are perishing.
Wow … that was certainly insightful … thank you Lord!