"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life."
- John 3:16
The love here celebrated, we must remember, is the love of God--of the Lord God Almighty, and it is love toward a world which altogether "lies in the evil one." It is a love which is great, powerful, and all-conquering, which attains its end, and will not stand helpless before any obstacle. It is the precise purpose of this passage to teach us this, to raise our hearts to some apprehension of the inconceivable gretness of the love of God, set as it is upon saving this wicked world.
You must not think, then, that God sits helplessly by, while the world which He created for Himself, hurdles hopelessly on to destruction, and that He is able only to snatch with difficulty here and there a brand from the universal burning. Through all the years of history, an increasing purpose of the Lord runs--one increasing purpose: the kingdoms of the earth are becoming ever more and more the kingdom of our God and His Christ.
- B.B. Warfield