(originally posted 9/4/2015 at littlegirlriseup.blogspot.com)
Question 2: Will everyone get saved? (Part of a series entitled “Biblical Contradictions?” )
Not everyone will be saved because everyone has free will and, unfortunately, there will be those who will choose not to accept salvation through Jesus Christ. Once you hear the Gospel, you are accountable to it, you must choose. Those who hear the Gospel and accept it, are compelled to share it (Mark 16:15; Matt 28:19; Acts 1:8). That is our instruction, therefore that should be our focus: sharing the Gospel with all whom we can. It is our responsibility to share the Gospel, it is God’s responsibility to deal with those who have not heard the Gospel. We know what God will do with those who hear the Gospel and reject it. What God will do with those who have not heard the Gospel is His business.
The alleged “contradictory” Scriptures the “Biblical Contradictions?” page uses as their argument are as follows:
- (John 12:32) The literal reading of which, is, “If I am lifted up/raised up from the earth I will drag/draw all to myself.”
–So first we must ask, Jesus will draw all what to Himself? We are told “what” at John 6:44, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.” What Jesus is saying here at John 12:32 is that all who are drawn by God will be drawn to Him.
Who does God draw? He draws those whom He foreknew would receive the Gospel, rather than reject it.
We are also told in Col 1:19,20, “For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” Therefore Jesus is also attesting to the reconciliation of all creation back unto God through His death on the cross.
When Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30), He was referring to many things, not the least of which being God’s plan for the reconciliation of all creation back unto Himself, including the salvation of mankind, which includes drawing unto Himself all those who will ultimately choose salvation. God tells us, “I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done,” (Isaiah 46:9, 10). This means that He knew who would choose obedience and salvation before He ever created us. It is those whom He knew would choose obedience and salvation which He draws unto Himself. And because God is perfect in fairness and perfectly just, He has made the potential of salvation available to all mankind, even though not all will choose it. All of creation is reconciled through Jesus’ death on the cross, but not all of creation will be saved. (2 Peter 3:10-13; Rev 21:1; Isaiah 65:17)
- (Romans 5:18) “through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.”
—When taken out of context, this scripture is used to argue that all will be saved, but when placed in its full and proper context, it is understood to mean the same thing I stated above: salvation is available to all, but will not be chosen by all.
- (Romans 11:32) “For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all.”
—God shows all of us mercy because salvation is available to us all, but not all will choose it.
- (1 Cor 15:22) “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.”
—Only those who believe in Christ can be in Christ. Therefore, all who are saved “in” Christ by making Him Lord of their life will surely be made alive. Those who have rejected Christ are not “in” Christ, and therefore choose death.
- (1 Tim 2:4,6) “God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth…. who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.”
—Just because God desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of truth, doesn’t mean that all men will. Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for all, making salvation available to all, but not all will choose it.
- (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.”
—Once again, salvation is available to all, but will not be chosen by all.