I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; John 17:9
The world loves to over quote John 3:16 , people say Jesus loves everybody! This is true to a certain extent,notice this scripture Jesus is praying on behalf of specific people not the entire world. So what’s going on here?
The Greek word for world here is kosmos. The meaning of this word is “inhabitants of the earth”, “the ungodly multitude”, “the human race”, can also imply morally
Jesus is saying he is asking on behalf of the saved (Christians) and not on behalf of the world (the ungodly)
Some might say, this is harsh, however if the world rejects him they are not going to be saved. The only way to salvation is Jesus Christ (John 14:6, Acts 4:12) there is no other way to eternal life. And if you don’t repent (turn away) from your sins, you are not saved
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
The good news is the word kosmos is also used here for world. So lets see how this would read
God so loved the “ungodly, sinners” that he gave his only begotten Son (Jesus)
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18
Jesus loves us however if we don’t repent and put faith in Jesus, we are already condemned! If your going to quote John 3:16 you need to include verse 18 also.
The good news (gospel) is Christ has already paid our price, the work has already been done. We need to repent and come to Christ, make him our Lord, then he will intercede on our behalf with the Father Amen!