The Exact Same “All”

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For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (I Corinthians 15:22).

This is another of the early verses that captured my heart and attention to the fact that God would be victorious in bringing His entire creation back to Himself. I saw that the “all” who die in Adam are the EXACT SAME “all” who will be made alive in Christ Jesus. I realized that the passage did not say what I thought it meant, that “all who are ‘in Christ’ shall be made alive.” I saw that it said, “even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” I found my heart rejoicing! Paul was teaching that God will have the ultimate victory in winning His whole creation back to Himself.

I slowly began to realize that what Paul was teaching was that the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ was for every man – not potentially, but effectually.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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