The Salvation of All and Our Special Salvation

All will eventually be saved because the Lord Jesus Christ tasted “death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9). The consequences of Christ’s death for our sins are as follows: “If one died for all, then were all dead” (II Corinthians 5:14); and “he that is dead is freed from sin” (Romans 6:7). “We were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Romans 5:10). As the chosen of God, to whom faith has graciously been granted, we are “now justified by His blood” and, “we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:9).

Since God “will have all men to be saved” (I Timothy 2:4), “is the Saviour of all men” (I Timothy 4:10), is working “all things after the counsel of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11), it being the case that the Lord Jesus Christ “gave Himself a ransom for all” (I Timothy 2:6), therefore, all mankind will eventually be saved, it being explicitly affirmed that “as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive … The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death … that God may be All in all” (I Corinthians 15:22, 26, 28).

We who are presently saved are saved because we “are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). We have been ordained and appointed to God’s special salvation.[1] This is so, “that in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). For this we have been chosen “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4), by Him “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (II Timothy 1:9).

[1]“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:9); “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe” (I Timothy 4:10); “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48).

Adapted from The Consequences of the Cross
James R. Coram
Unsearchable Riches (2006)
Volume XCVII, Number 3, pp. 123-124

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