I am sure this has come up before, but I personally have been wondering about this myself. What the writers were trying to say by "World" or "Whole World". I am just trying to figure out who exactly they are referring to, and maybe the orgional language explanation might be helpful. Obviously at the first glance one would think every soul who ever walked the planet when the writer refers to the "whole world". It seems to me the three options are the Body of Christ, entire race, or not just Jews. Scripture by John 1 John 2:2 "He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 5:19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 3:10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. Scripture by Paul Colossians 1:6 which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth... Romans 3:19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. and Isaiah 27:6 In days to come Jacob shall take root, Israel shall blossom and put forth shoots and fill the whole world with fruit.