Here's our Lord Jesus in John 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” (ESV)
Here's John Owen, the theological darling of many contemporary Baptist Calvinists, in his rendition of what Jesus said in John 3:16:
"God so loved his elect throughout the world, that he gave his Son with this intention, that by him believers might be saved" (The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, p.214)
For some reason, there seems to be a lot of unnecessary theological baggage Owen drags onto the words of Jesus. What do you think?