A Ransom for All?

1 Tim 2:5 reads, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,  (6)  who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

Pretty self-explanatory, if you ask me.

Not so with certain denominations.

You see, for certain denominations, all cannot mean all. Because if all means all, then you’ve got a problem—you lose the distinction between the elect and the non-elect, (as attributed to God), those whom God loves, and those whom God hates, like Esau (Malachi 1:3)

1 Tim 2:5—

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,  (6)  who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

I read this commentary today regarding this verse, and regarding the application of the word all:

“Contextually, the word ‘all’ refers to all kinds of people, not all people without distinction.”

Ok then, all does not mean all in the Bible, but all means all kinds of people.

Let’s see:

“For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23)

What then? Are we better than they?  Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. (Rom 3:9)

“They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” (Rom 3:12)

“…Even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; (Rom 3:22)

“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.” (Rom 4:16)

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned;” (Rom 5:12)

I believe the word of God speaks for itself.

You tell me. Does all mean all, or does all mean some?

Now back to 1 Tim 2:5-6

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,  (6)  who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

All means all.

“And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” (Rev 22:17)

Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely!

God bless!