‘World’ Equals ‘Elect’?

“The word world occurs eighty times in the Gospel of John in fifty-nine verses.  And although it is used in different senses, it never refers to the “elect.”  The world knew not Christ (John 1:10). The world hates Christ (John 7:7).  The world’s works are evil (John 7:7). Unsaved Jews were of this world (John 8:23).  Satan is the prince of this world (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11).  Christ’s own are distinguished from the world (John 13:1, 14:19, 22). The world cannot receive the Holy Spirit (John 14:17).  The world hates the disciples (John 15:18, 17:14).  The disciples were not of the world (John 15:19, 17:16.)  The world brings tribulation (John 16:33).  The disciples were out of the world (John 17:6).  Christ prayed not for the world (John 17:9).  Christ is not of the world (John 17:16).  The disciples were sent into the world (John 17:18).  The world did not know God (John 17:25).  Christ’s kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36)… So not only does the word world never denote the “elect,” it is unequivocally demeaned and condemned by God.”

– Laurence M. Vance, The Other Side of Calvinism (2007: Vance Publications, Pensacola, FL), p. 435

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One thought on “‘World’ Equals ‘Elect’?

  1. Nathan August 6, 2013 / 7:20 pm

    Can something that is “unequivocally demeaned and condemned by God” also be loved by him (John 3:16)? Can it be condemned while God sends his Son not to condemn, but to save it (17)?

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