John 3:16 16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Eph 5:25 25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; Folks the World that God Loved and Gave His Son for, is the Church that Christ Loved and gave Himself for ! Lets do a word study here. The word for world is the greek word kosmos and means: an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government 2) ornament, decoration, adornment, i.e. the arrangement of the stars, 'the heavenly hosts', as the ornament of the heavens. 1 Pet. 3:3 3) the world, the universe 4) the circle of the earth, the earth 5) the inhabitants of the earth, men, the human family 6) the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ 7) world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly a) the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments riches, advantages, pleasures, etc, which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ 8) any aggregate or general collection of particulars of any sort a) the Gentiles as contrasted to the Jews (Rom. 11:12 etc) Notice, that the world is any aggregate or general collection of particulars of ANY SORT ! We cannot ignore these definition. Now what is this word aggregate mean ? Our english dictionary says: formed by the conjunction or collection of particulars into a whole mass or sum; total; combined a sum, mass, or assemblage of particulars; a total or gross amount: Now notice the word assemblage as in assemblage of particulars. The word means: a group of persons or things gathered or collected; an assembly; collection; aggregate. Now I derive at this from a simple study of the word world ! Now lets look at the word Church in Eph 5:25. It is the greek word ekklēsia and means: a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly a) an assembly of the people convened at the public place of the council for the purpose of deliberating b) the assembly of the Israelites c) any gathering or throng of men assembled by chance, tumultuously d) in a Christian sense 1) an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth 5) the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven The Church is an assemblage ! And an Assemblage as we see is also a World ! So the World of Jn 3:16 that God so Loved, was none other than the Church that Christ Loved and gave Himself fr ! The total collection and gathering of the sum total of all the Sheep as Jn 10:16 16And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Yes, this One Fold of Sheep is the World God so loved ! So the word world does not have to mean everyone without exception ! The assembly of the Israelites alone technically by definition is a World ! The Assembly of the Spiritual Israelites, the Israel of God is a World !