As believers in universal salvation we sometimes quote this passage, that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
1 John 4
13Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
Often times when a believer in limited salvation sees this, the response is: well, yes, Jesus died on the cross to save the world, but only in the sense that he made salvation available to the world. We've heard that a million times. But, when I look at the passage, I am reminded of this:
10 For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
Reconciled by death. SAVED by life. God reconciled the world to himself through the Son by the death on the Cross. But man is SAVED from sin by his resurrected LIFE. In other words, Jesus did not die to save the world. He died to reconcile it to God. He was resurrected to save it.
To me that is huge because it changes what they assume being the Savior actually means.
So, to me, when John says that the Father sent his Son to be the savior of the World, John is not talking about the Cross as the past salvation. By saying that, John is confirming that to be the Savior of the World, Jesus must and WILL give the Holy Spirit to EVERYONE.
That's why I quoted the previous verse: "Hereby know we that WE dwell in him (ie now), and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the WORLD (in the consummation of the ages)"
John is saying that God gave the Spirit to dwell within us, but not just us, he will give his spirit to the WHOLE WORLD too, because that is what God sent him to do, to be the SAVIOR (not just the reconciler) of the world.
As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.