"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life"
We see two groups here:
the world: that means, well, the WORLD-everybody. To try to force an interpretation onto it, to mean PART of the world, or the part of the world that was pre-chosen for salvation, but NOT the part that was pre-chsen for hell. It means the world.
Whosoever believeth in Him; that means those OF the world that believe and receive salvation.
Jesus was talking to a Pharisee - Nicodemus - who believed in the salvation of Abraham's physical descendants. The idea of Gentiles being saved horrified them. Now Jesus teaches new birth, & baptism, & counts the world as being loved by God. The world of Gentiles in general. It says ''the world''
Jesus died for ALL sinners.
That means there are countless sinners in Hell for whom Jesus paid the full redemption price. Yessir, it does. Many of whom never heard the Gospel. Some of the antediluvians heard Noah preaching righteousness, & the Sodomites heard Lot's rebuke, but were they given a message of salvation? And what about the Israelites delivered from Egypt, who died in the wilderness? See Romans 1:20
acts 17:30- :And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:' God would be unrighteous to command all men to repent, if He knew full well some could not, and the thers would have no choice bUT to repent.
Have you ever told your children to "Be good" knowing they cannot? God cannot be accused of unrighteousness. ''Be good'' is not the meaning of ''repent'': Repent means to turn away or turn against. In this context, it means turn AWAY FROM sin TO God. Therefore, God commands men to repent because they CAN. You, for instance, can ''turn away'' from Calvinism, but you choose not to do so, of your own free will.
Rom 5:18 "Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life." The gift came upon all men-justification was made for all, in nthe death and resurrection of Christ for all men, but not all would accept it, and thus, die in their sins.
That text is a challenge - we need to look at the context.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Certainly all are condemned because of sin. What is the "gift" ? A take-it-or-leave offer, or the righteousness of Jesus Christ? Paul writes: the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. Does that gift come to "all men" including unrepentant sinners? No. it comes to: they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Note that Paul uses both "many" & "all" in his argument.
John 12:32 "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.". Jesus draws all, but some reject that drawing.
The context is that certain Greeks wanted to see Jesus. Jesus' reply is that by his death & resurrection he will draw all men - Gentiles (Greeks) as well as Jews. No, the context is "all men". As to ''rejecting'', the Holy Spirit, the "Comforter" was drawing Felix as he "reasoned of temperance, righteousness, and judgement to come", but Felix chose to put it off. All men are drawn, as Jesus said, but it is up to them to "choose life"(see Deut 30:19)
1tim 3:2,3: "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth."
The Gospel is freely proclaimed; NONE are excluded by the Gospel call. No-one can say, "God doesn't mean me." That is correct, and they will acknowledge so at the judgement as well.
1Tim 4:10: "For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe." I believe this verse is extremely telling, because it says He is the Saviour of ALL MEN, SPECIALLY those that believe. not ONLY those that beleve. Jesus is, potentially, Saviour of ALL men, because He died for all men, for the sin of the world, but because some will reject, salvation is not realized for them. So He is Savour of all, but that salvation will only be realized in those who receive, those that believe.
The context is God's provision for all men - food, marriage, etc - see also Acts 14 when Paul remonstrates with those who wanted to offer them sacrifices. And, of course, for all who repent & come to Jesus for salvation he is their Saviour & provider. [Pray for our brethren who are being driven from their homes, that God will provide.] See Matthew 5;43-48. Not only does God love his ''enemies'', but he expects us who are saved to do so, so that we will be like Him. If we are "perfect" in this respect, we show how GOD IS. For example, God provided the "rain"(means blessings in the word of God) to Adolf Hitler. God loved Hitler.. He gives "handfulls of purpose" to the just and the unjust. If God expected us to love a mean, evil neighbor MORE than God does himself, He wouldn't be who He is. He is love. End of story. The thing is, to reject that boundless love is more heinous than we can even imagine. It's horribly wicked. Back to Hitler: God provided not only the good things of life for Adolf Hitler, and you and me, but He provided salvation to all of us too. God's power is NOT limjited by our rejection of Him and his glory is not diminished from it. On the contrary, God's glory will be shown to have been more wonderful and more boundless because it will be revealed, at the judgement, just how gracious God was to Adolf Hitler and you and me. It will be shown that His love, mercy and grace knew no bounds. To write the love, of God above, would drain the ocean dry, and could the scroll contain the whole, would stretch from sky to sky". Those beautiful words are meagre assessment at best.
John 1:9 "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." Jesus lights, or enlightens ALL men that come into the world, but some hate the light and refuse it, because they love darkness more.
True. Yes, true
The Bible disagrees time and again with the idea of "world=only some of the world". And really, it would mean only a very tiny portion of the world-that Jesus, out of multiplied billions who would live upon the earth, only a few would be pre-ordined to life by God. God only loves a few, of His choosing, and only sent His Son to die for a few few chosen to life.
"World" always has a context. Yes it does....."A world" does, "This world" does, "worlds" does too. but "the world"....there is only one "the world". "For God so love THE WORLD".