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John declares that God loves the world and God will save the world.
There is both the personal and the universal present in the text.
There is both positive and negative effect of this act of incarnation, for as Craddock writes, “a saving presence can also be a disturbing presence.” In other words, some will receive this word and others won’t.
Some will receive it as grace and others as judgment.
The question is—will it be received so that the world might experience salvation?
Once again, in this there is both grace and judgment.
With Fred Craddock, I believe that both grace and judgment are found in this encounter.In verse 17 John writes that God did not send the son to condemn the world, but rather to save it. Whatever salvation is, God wants that for the world.This passage can present problems for many Christians, especially those who consider themselves Progressives.You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices.To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s App Choices app here.
Because this passage is so linked to the idea of personal salvation, along with a particular view of the atonement (which is not present in the text) that many would rather move on and ignore the text, but could there be more to the story?