Does God want everyone
to be saved?
Some have claimed that God only saves some and doesn’t want everyone to be saved. What does the Bible indicate as what God’s desire is for the salvation of all of humanity?
1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
The unfortunate truth, is that since we have free will to choose or reject God, some will choose to reject God and His gift of eternal life.
Has Christ provided the opportunity of salvation to everyone?
1 Timothy 2:6 “who gave himself as a ransom for all”
1 John 2:2 “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”
These verses show that His sacrifice on the cross is enough to pay the price for all the sin of everyone who has lived and will ever live. There is an acronym using the word GRACE which illustrates this idea. Gods Riches At Christ’s Expense Through the expense Christ paid on the cross we have the opportunity to receive the riches of God, eternal life with Him for all eternity.
It is important to realize though, that even though Christ’s death on the cross is more than sufficient to pay the price everyone owes for the sin we all commit, that doesn’t mean that everyone is saved. Christ’s sacrifice has provided the opportunity for everyone to be saved, but it is only applicable to those who truly “did receive him.” It is still a choice that each of us must individually make.
John 1:12 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”
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