As the first Passover had been the turning point in the redemption of the people of God, so the Cross would be the opening of a new era for believers.
Oh, Michael, if only you knew the Savior, you wouldn’t feel it is your responsibility to save the world from evil that you’ve conjured up in your mind.
One thing is clear: the word “world” in the Bible should never be defined as the “elect;” yet this is what Calvinists try to do with texts like John 3:16.
“For God so loved the world…” Kosmos doesn’t refer in this context to the physical universe (cf. Acts 17:24) or to the system opposed to God (cf.1 John 2:15). Instead, this word refers in John 3:16 to *all* people.
It is interesting that Paul is here addressing a group of educated pagans but are still “religious folk.”