Unconditional Love as Stated in John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God is love. I John 4:8 tells us that. He has always loved. God demonstrated his love when He made Adam in his own image and gave him a home in the garden. God showed his love by giving Adam work to do to keep him busy. God showed his love by instructing Adam how to keep from being in danger by not eating of the fruit of one particular tree.
God showed his love to Cain and Abel by telling them how to worship God in the way that pleased him.
God showed his love to Noah by telling him to build an ark to save himself and his family.
God continued to show his love for Abraham, Moses, the children of Israel, in fact to all people since the time of creation. All have had God’s love shown to them and all have had stipulations or requirements given to them by God. These are things that were needed to be done or accomplished in order to receive what was promised.
God shows his love to us by what he requires of us in our lives. He started by only requiring one thing of Adam. But because of Adam’s failure to obey what God commanded, God stipulated more or different requirements for reasons of his own. Adam knew God and should have believed God but failed to obey him. His failure to obey God prevented him from receiving all that God had intended for him to have.
When we look at John 3:16 and try to understand what the Holy Spirit is saying to us; we will not freely use the word unconditional as a word that describes God’s love. God’s desire for Adam was “eternal life”. That is still God’s desire for us. John 3:16 has one only condition or commandment required or attached that is necessary for a person (whosoever) to receive eternal life and that is “believe in him”.
The word “unconditionally” should be used to describe the word believe. What we should be reading is the phrase “whoever unconditionally believes” in God or Jesus. When we unconditional believe in Jesus; a faith grows so that it produces obedience to the requirements of God. Our obedience shows the faith we have because of our believing unconditionally in Jesus.