Does John 3:16 Teach Limited or Unlimited Atonement? Jesse Morrell | Theology

“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.” John 3:16

Calvinists try to argue that John 3:16 does not actually teach an unlimited atonement for every man. They argue it teaches atonement only for the “world of believers.”

This is one of their arguments they pass around Facebook:


But look at the text closer:

Jhn 3:17 – For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

You have to look at the context of John 3:16. Jesus compared himself to the serpent that was lifted up.

Jhn 3:14- 15 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Num 21:8-9 – And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

The bronze serpent was for “every one that is bitten” and “any man,” just like Jesus is for “whosoever” that the “world might be saved.”

This is unlimited atonement – atonement for all sinners. The Calvinist doctrine of “Limited Atonement” is a false doctrine that twists the Bible.

~ Jesse Morrell


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