The Word “World” in the Scriptures

“…The whole world is gone after him.” John 12:19

Did the whole world go after Christ?

“Then went all Judea and were baptized of him in Jordan.” Matthew 3:5

Was all Judea or Jerusalem baptized in the Jordan?

“We know we are of God and the whole world lieth in the wicked one.” I John 5:19

Does the “whole world” here mean everyone? If so, how is it then that there were some who were “of God?”

The words ‘world’ and ‘all’ are used in some seven or eight senses in Scripture; and it is very rarely that ‘all’ means all persons, taken individually.

(Charles H. Spurgeon, Particular Redemption, A Sermon, 28 Feb 1858)

Romans 10:18

“But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their (those preaching the gospel) sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”

Did those preaching have their sound “go into all the world, unto the ends of the world?”

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 2:1

Was “all the world” taxed?

Probably the most quoted Bible verse, John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Did God so love the entire “world” and did or does “whosoever believeth” have everlasting life?

What sayeth the Scripture?

Matthew 15:24

But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Who did Yahshua Christ send his disciples to?

Matthew 10:6

1And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

2Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;

3Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;

4Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.

5These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

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