What about “God so loved the world”?

These words are from John 3:16, the most popular verse in the Bible. Most of those that use John 3:16 do not understand it. God only loves His elect that He chose in Jesus Christ before the world began to be His children (Eph 1:3-6; I John 3:1; Eph 5:25), because He cannot and will not love sinners outside Jesus Christ (Ps 5:5; 11:5; Matt 7:23). The word “world” is used with very wide latitude in the Bible; it does not mean every single person ever conceived since Adam. Compare “all the world” in Luke 2:1, where it means only the Roman Empire at that time.

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Glorious truth of God’s love for His elect only: Distinguishing Love of God.