Some might say that God only continues to love us if we live without sin but Paul puts this argument to rest when he writes in Romans 5:8 that, "But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." God's love was shown to us when Christ died for us while we were yet sinners. God knows we are flesh and blood with weaknesses and He won't remove His love because we are prone to sin since Christ's sacrifice for sin was made while we were in such a state.
In a town near us is an Episcopal
church. The following words were posted on a sign outside the
church building; "God loves everybody, No exceptions".
If the "world" which God loves means every human without
exception then this sign would be correct. Are there exceptions to
Consider Romans 9:10 - 16, "And
not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our
father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born, neither
having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to
election might stand, not of works, but of him that calls;) It
was said to her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is
written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God
forbid. For he said to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will
have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have
compassion. So then it is not of him that wills, nor of him that
runs, but of God that shows mercy." God did not love Esau
therefore the word "world" in John 3:16 cannot mean every human
without exception because Esau is an exception and God's word always
agrees with itself.
Also consider Hosea 9:15, "All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of my house, I will love them no more: all their princes are rebels." God said this of Ephraim. Ephraim was an exception to God's love.
Consider Proverbs 6:16 - 19, "These six things does the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination to him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brothers." This refers to actions committed by people and God hates such. They are exceptions to God's love.
Consider Psalm 5:5, "The foolish
shall not stand in your sight: you hate all workers of iniquity."
Consider Psalm 11:5, "The LORD
tries the righteous: but the wicked and him that loves violence his
All these are exceptions to God's love. The sign in front of the local Episcopal church was wrong. There are exceptions to God's love. If one believes the Bible as it is written and accepts that the Bible is the breath of the living God then one is obligated to accept the truth presented by God in His word. How could a religious professional say there are no exceptions to God's love? The answer is found in the story of Nicodemus, a religious professional, in John 3 beginning in verse 1. Jesus said that Nicodemus needed to be born again. Beware of the professional religious elite for some of them serve the entity which issues their pay check instead of Jesus Christ.
However God does not take pleasure in
the death of the wicked. Consider Ezekiel 33:11, "Say to
them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of
the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn you,
turn you from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of
The word "world" in John 3:16
cannot mean every human being without exception because the scripture,
being the breath of God, agrees at all times and they declare that God
hates some. What then does "world" encompass?
Consider Galatians 3:28, "There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for
you are all one in Christ Jesus." God's love extends equally
to every race of humans, every social rank and to both male and
female. God's love is without distinction. Romans 10:12 - 13, "For there is no
distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all,
bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who
calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Revelation
5:9 - 10, "And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to
take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and
have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and
tongue, and people, and nation; And have made us to our God
kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." The
scope of God's love is without distinction to every tribe, every
language, every race, slave or free, high or low, rich or poor, male or
God loves the "world" without distinction but not without exception. To say that God loved without exception is to deny the plain reading of scripture and believe what one desires and not what the plain reading of scripture teaches.
God loves people of all races, all
tribes, all languages, all nations, male or female and gave His only
begotten son that those who believe in Him should have eternal
life. The angel said you shall call his name Jesus for he shall
save his people from their sins. God's love is as infinite as God
himself. To fully comprehend His love is beyond our present
capacity but through faith we can receive God's love in Christ.