This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
About the MSG
The Message is a translation designed to get people reading the Bible, rather than studying it. Eugene Peterson translated The Message directly from the original languages, without using any English translations as references, and the result is a very contemporary translation. However, no verses are used, making it difficult to look up specific passages.