The Love of GOD – Elder W.S. Craig

Scanned and Digitized from The Christian Pathway publication.

For God so loved the world.”

Our minds can only faintly conceive of the wonderful strength of this love, for it “passeth knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19). And surely it is not our faith in such redeeming love that supposes that any included in this blessed number will or may be lost. True faith in God believes that His purpose in sending Christ (who was “delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God”) into this world cannot in the least degree be thwarted; for “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3). This redeeming love is the moving cause of His wonderful salvation. And this believing world, which Jesus Christ is here speaking of, embraces a large multitude, and they, every one, will be given eternal life, for His words are so positive to that end. I believe that Jesus has reference to the same world as John when he said, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). And it should be noticed that this sin is absolutely taken away. So a full salvation must be the certain result. To the same effect is Christ declared to be the “Savior of the world” (John 4:42). Also, 1 John 2:2 and 4:14. What right and how dare any one declare that any part of that blest world will be lost? It is but little short of blasphemy to so contradict the positive words of our blest Redeemer.

– Elder W.S. Craig (deceased) (from “Notes on John 3:14-16”)