One of the most interesting things I'm learning is that much of the scripture appears simple at first glance, and yet is layered and complex.
Take this terribly interesting bit about John 3:16 [via Wikipedia]:
John 3:16 (chapter 3, verse 16 of the Gospel of John) is one of the most widely quoted verses from the Christian Bible. It has been called the "Bible in a nutshell" because it is considered a summary of some of the most central doctrines of traditional Christianity
- For God so loved the world… – God is a God of love and this love motivates his action in the rest of the verse
- …that he gave… – there was God giving something, his son as a sacrifice
- …his only begotten Son… – the human Jesus of Nazareth is also the Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity
- …that whosoever… – that salvation is open to all who will believe
- …believeth… – being saved is based on belief or faith, rather than based on human works.
- …in him… – the belief being in Jesus, the Saviour
- …should not perish… – implies the fate of those who do not believe, that is the doctrine of hell
- …but have everlasting life. – shows the reward of those who believe, that is the doctrine of heaven