This morning I had a few minutes to spare before church but my Bible was already in the car. So I looked around the room for another one. I opened up the Interlinear Greek-English Bible. And upon this random opening, I turned to this verse.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
The KJV, along with many other translations, simply say “in”. The original Greek actually says “into”. So what is the difference you ask? The difference is the difference between believing there is a house over there or entering “into” it to prove that you really do believe into it. “Into” promotes action. It means you are going some where.
2Pe 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Here the KJV does translate the “into” correctly. So entrance …will be given INTO…. By the keeping of His word, He promises we will enter INTO eternal life. This is the new covenant. Here we see that word “into” again denoting newness of life and change.
So let us strive to enter INTO this life, and let other strivings cease.
A Few Places to Walk “Into”
The joy of the Lord. Mt 25:23
Love. Eph. 5:2
The Light. 1 John 1:7
Faith. Rom. 4:12
Honesty. Rom. 13:13
Wisdom. Col. 4:5
Worthiness of His Calling. 1 Thes. 2:12
Truth. 3 John 1:4
The Spirit – Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness,Temperance. Gal. 5:25
Diligence, Faith, Virtue, Knowledge, Temperance, Patience, Godliness, Brotherly Kindness, Charity. 2 Peter 1:5-7
2Co_5:2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
We may have as much of God as we will. Christ puts the key of the treasure-chamber into our hand, and bids us take all that we want. If a man is admitted into the bullion vault of a bank, and told to help himself, and comes out with one cent, whose fault is it that he is poor? Whose fault is it that Christian people generally have such scanty portions of the free riches of God? –McLaren.