“And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.” (Luke 2)
“[God] spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.” (2 Peter 2:5)
“The Lord is not slack concerning [H]is promises, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
The above passages require a student of the Word or the Bible Scholar, as scholar means student, the qualify or define some terms. In the (1st) first passage we find Caesar taxing all of the world. As you read this passage you must STOP! You must stop and ask yourself, “Did Caesar tax the entire world without exception? The answer is… of course not. Caesar taxed all the world that he reigned over. Caesar taxed the world that we would be concerned with as we read and study the “Book of Luke.”
The (2nd) second passage speaks of the ungodly world. If we apply the principles from our last article, we should deduce that there is then a world of the godly. Is this the world our Lord spoke of in John 3:16? There are different uses for the word world. World can = Planet Earth, World can = World System as in, a friend of the world is the enemy of God, World can = every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation as in Revelation 5:9,
“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for [T]hou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by [T]hy [B]lood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation…” Revelation 5:9 gives us the definition of world as it is used in John 3:16.
The (3rd) passage is one of the most Arminian abused passages. However, if one simply reads the passage one shall see the meaning. The key words for our purpose are, “longsuffering to us-ward.” The Arminian approach to this verse is to leave the (1st) first clause out. When the Arminian reads this passage they see only, “…God is not willing that any should perish.” But the (1st) first clause is the Sentinel that guards God’s truth. Let us read it again and please allow me to ampliphy the passage. “The Lord is not slack concerning [H]is promises as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any of [us] should perish (John 3:16 language), but that all [of us] should come to repentance.”
Qualifying Biblical terms protects sound doctrine and eliminates private interpretations. I’ve heard a preacher say, “All means all, Folks,” but it certainly does not. Others have stated that world means everyone but it certainly does not. The Bible knows nothing of, “Jesus died for you.” It isn’t to be found, “Folks.”When Scripture speaks of Christ’s death He speaks of Christ dying for the ungodly and for enemies, never for “You.” At the last supper, Christ speaks of His Blood being shed for many and not all. In Luke, He speaks of the Blood being shed for you, as in those present. Scripture only speaks to the fact of Christ’s death and resurrection being for the individual ONLY AFTER the fact of regeneration and conversion, not before.
With the above being said, We never say to a person that, “Christ died for you.” Scripture tells us that that which is worthy of all acceptation is, “Christ died for sinners.” One must leave the convincing and the convicting to the Holy Spirit.