In the New Testament, we find that the writers used the inclusive ‘all’ a great deal when it comes to Christ’s mission.
NAU John 1:9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
NLT John 1:9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
NAU John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
NLT John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
NAU John 3:17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
NLT John 3:17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
NAU John 12:47 “If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
NLT John 12:47 I will not judge those who hear me but don’t obey me, for I have come to save the world and not to judge it.
NAU Romans 5:18 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.
NLT Romans 5:18 Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.
NAU Romans 11:32 For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.
NLT Romans 11:32 For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone.
NAU 1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
NLT 1 Corinthians 15:22 Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.
NAU 2 Corinthians 5:19 namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
NLT 2 Corinthians 5:19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.
NAU Colossians 1:20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
NLT Colossians 1:20 and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
NAU 1 Timothy 2:6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.
NLT 1 Timothy 2:6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.
NAU Hebrews 2:9 But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
NLT Hebrews 2:9 What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone.
NAU 1 John 2:2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
NLT 1 John 2:2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins– and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
It may be said, rightly, that this contains a great deal of proof-texting, but in these passages is a clear understanding that Christ died for the world, tasting death for everyone, redeeming all. Have we drawn a line not in Scripture?
The question which keeps rolling around in my head is about the power of Christ. If by the sin of Adam, misery and death reigns upon Creation, and if the blood of Christ is the one thing that can redeem – who or what is more powerful? Is it the sin of Adam or the blood of Christ? If Adam’s sin can destroy to the uttermost and envelope everyone for all time, then is the blood of Christ only good for a rather small portion?