Who are the "Whosoever" of John 3:16?

Interestingly there is no “whosoeverwhatsoever in John 3:16.

Dr. James White illustrates the fact that “Pas ho pisteuwn” does not equal “whosoever believes“, but rather equals “all the believing ones” or alternatively “everyone believing”. White also points out that in the context of this passage there is no indication whatsoever as to the ability to believe. Therefore the question must be answered, “How does a dead-in-sin-and-trespasses sinner (Eph. 2:1-5) who is utterly insensible (Rom. 3:10-12) and hostile (Rom. 8:7) to the things of God believe (1 Cor. 2:14)?”

Since scripture must always be interpreted by scripture, and we know from John 6:44 that the only ones who can come to Christ are those given unto Him by His Father, then we can easily see that John 3:16, properly exegeted, fits perfectly within the whole counsel of God as a beautiful and glorious affirmation of God’s particular, special saving grace for His elect which salvation The Lord Jesus Christ fully, finally, and infallibly procured once and for all for those who would be given unto Him by the Father through His work upon the cross to the eternal praise of His glory alone forever and evermore.

Soli Deo Gloria!

2 thoughts on “Who are the "Whosoever" of John 3:16?

    • TSD, I read through the SEA article to which you linked. As usual with the material produced by the SEA that I’ve reviewed I found the piece severely confused and wanting, full of assertions in search of an argument. Amidst the commentary from Birch, this statement in particular is profoundly sub-biblical:

      “Just as sin has entered the world and separated every individual from God, so has Christ Jesus given Himself to redeem every individual.”

      Ergo, unless one is a universalist Christ failed in His mission. That’s a sad and wholly unbiblical hermeneutic my friend.

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