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!

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One thought on “A Ransom for All?

  1. troypulk April 14, 2012 / 4:13 pm

    This is all part of the Calvinist, Arminian debate.

    I would label myself a proponent of the Doctrines of Grace.

    But I would say as scripture does that Jesus died for the sins of the world – 1 John 2:2

    This means that He is the only sin offering for sin in the world, This does not mean that He saves every one in whole world.

    In 1 Tim 2:6 He is offered as a Ransom, the forgiveness of sins does not happen until one confesses and repents as in Rom 10:9-10, God is still Sovereign in salvation as per John 6:44, Eph 1:4-7, John 1:12-13 … etc

    As in John 3:16 the word “World” is Kosmos, so He so loved His creation that He died for it, or for the sins of the Kosmos. and as Paul should know this verse says “that whoever believes” which in the Greek means “so that the believing ones should not perish but have everlasting life”

    Jesus did not just die for the sins of His people He died for the sins that have affected the whole of His creation/Kosmos so that the price was paid for a new creation as in Rev 21 because His creation groans for the day of redemption – Rom 8:20-24 if Jesus did not die for all sin He could not of made a new creation or save His sheep.

    Also as in John 10:14-15 Jesus lays down His life for the sheep not the goats.

    As always All is determined by the context, All does not always mean All, as in:
    John 3:26 … etc,
    And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, this Man is baptizing, and all men are coming to Him!”

    Do you mean to tell me that ALL the world was coming to him to be baptized or just the ones in Israel? It does say “all men” The context speaks for it self and is obvious that “all” meant all of some and not all of all.

    In Rev 22:17 the context is the new heaven and earth, not right now, every one that is going to be saved are already saved in Rev 22.

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