Please allow me to state, in case there may be any doubt as to how I look at this, that Christ's sacrificial death is sufficient for the salvation of all of mankind. In other words, His blood is sufficient for the covering over of all sins.
Originally Posted by Richard
Just as surely as all men die, and just as surely as all men sin......all due to the disobedience of Adam (it is universal, there are no exceptions unless God takes someone out by His sovereign choice).........................
Just as surely, all men shall be saved.......all due to the obedience of Christ
(it is universal, and there are no exceptions).
I Timothy 4:10
For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially those that believe.
Who is not included in that statement?
Is He "potentially" the Saviour of all men, in that He has provided a means, but, due to man's "free will choice" he can override God's purpose?
Man man daily go against His will, but no one can override His purpose.
When someone says......"The salvation of all opens the door for man to commit sin upon sin, upon sin .......what does it matter??....He will forgive us anyway"......such a statement is in direct opposition of the clear teaching of Romans 6 where Paul asks the question....."Shall we continue in sin that grace should abound?.....His answer....."God forbid"....he continues to prove that such a person who would make such a statement is ignorant about the truth of the crucifixion of Christ that is inclusive of each of us.
Did only a few get crucified with Christ?.....as if the two with him at the time of His death were representative of only a few of humanity?......No....our old humanity was crucified with Christ........"In that one died, we all died."......how plain does scripture have to be??
Of course your flesh, and my flesh does not want to be consigned to the cross.....but, that is exactly where it must be consigned.
To what glory is that God cannot and does not save all? Doesn't the parable of the lost sheep teach us that He will leave the 99 and go and find the lost one?
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38,39