Will all be saved?

27) Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?

No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith. Nevertheless, God in his mercy demonstrates common grace even to those who are not elect, by restraining the effects of sin and enabling works of culture for human well-being.

“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” (Romans 5:17)

 

All are loved

Does God love all people, or only those who trust in Him? He loves us all; and we know this because He gives His ‘general’ blessings indiscriminately to everyone, whether they believe in Him or not. “He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45) The natural resources of our planet are available to people of all cultures and religions (Acts 14:17). And the orderly government of human society is another of His gifts (Romans 13:1).

Yet not all are saved

We are all related to Adam by birth, so we share in his sin, whether we like it or not. But salvation is not automatic; only those who belong to Christ are redeemed by His death. So the world is divided into two camps. We have to choose between life and death (Matthew 7:13,14) – and many, sadly, will choose death. Although “God our Saviour wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (I Timothy 2:4), He respects our choices (Luke 13:34,35).

 

God of glory,
the end of our searching,
help us to lay aside
all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,
and to give all that we have
to gain the pearl beyond all price,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ.                                                                                                                         (Collect for 11th Sunday after Trinity)

 

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