In Samaria, where Jesus met the woman at the well, who had had 5 previous husbands, the people who heard Jesus preach said, “we have heard Him ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42) Jesus cannot be the Savior of the world, if the world will never be saved. What Jesus taught the Samaritans, that induced them to regard Him as the Savior of the world, may be inferred, 1st. from His conversation with the woman at the well of Jacob, (John 4) and 2nd, from the exclamation of the Samaritans, in the 42nd verse. He evidently did not preach to them the doctrine of endless misery; similar to what the pharisees of those days were preaching, that only a few chosen, holy men, of which they were very proud to be a part of that small number, were ever going to be saved. Instead, these Samaritans concluded otherwise, from the facts of Jesus’ preaching a much better doctrine, that he was “THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD”.
John, the beloved disciple of Christ, said in John 3:17 that “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” and in a later book, he said, “We have seen, and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” (1 John 4:14) This is the same character that the Samaritans judged the Lord to possess, from his personal instruction. (John 4:42) John says, “We have seen;” i.e. he knew it from his acquaintance with his Master. And do testify. We cannot hide this truth; we will proclaim to men, that Jesus is the Savior of the world, not just of a few frozen chosen. 🙂