Jesus Died For The Whole World

John Calvin’s “Limited Atonement” theory says Jesus only died for the elect, that is, for those who have been chosen to be saved. But the Bible teaches to the contrary, that Jesus died for the whole world.

I John 2:2 reads, And he (Jesus) is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Notice some other passages written by the apostle John:

I John 4:14 … the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

John 3:17 … God sent … his Son … that the world … might be saved.

John 4:42 … this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

John 6:51 … and the bread that I (Jesus) will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

John 12:47 … for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

I don’t know of a single verse in all of the Bible that uses the word “world” to refer to the saved/elect only. Do you?

If the atonement is limited, someone forgot to tell the apostle John !


4 Responses to “Jesus Died For The Whole World”

  1. Joshua Parker Says:

    Hello, Patrick. Quick question for you. In Peter it states, “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” 2:24. From the way that you interpreted the 1 John 2:2: passage, I would assume you would interpret the Peter passage the same way. So if the punishment for sins was laid on Him, when someone dies without Christ and goes to hell, what sins are they being punished for?

  2. Jim Says:

    Is God going to buy plane tickets for the whole world and only book a few??? The thinking is flawed… God is wiser than we are. Jesus was paying for sins through his suffering to utterly make us spotless before God, so if he paid for everyone’s sin, how could they go to Hell for a sin? Believing in Jesus is a work of grace lest any man should boast…

    • Patrick Donahue Says:

      If the thinking is God’s thinking (meaning – proven by Bible verses), then it is not flawed. God bought plane tickets for the whole world (I John 2:2, Heb 2:9, I Tim 4:10, etc.) but only some choose to go on the trip (Matt 20:16b).

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