Does the Bible teach that Christ died for all men or only those
who are or will be saved?Are some
people predestined to be saved and others to be lost?
Bobby G. Batson
In answer to the questions Does the
Bible teach that Christ died for all men or only those who are or will be
saved?Are some people predestined to be
saved and others to be lost?We should
understand why Christ came into the world and died on the cross.
First, Jesus came into the world to
save the people, which the Father had given to Him.John
I said unto you, that ye also have seen me, and believe not, all that the
Father giveth me shall come to me: and him that cometh to me I will in no wise
cast out.For I came down from heaven,
not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.And this is the Fathers will which hath sent
me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise
it up again at the last day.
Second, Jesus came into the world to
say down His life for His sheep.John I am the good
Shepherd; the good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.John
am the good Shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.As the Father knoweth me, even so I know I
the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.And other sheep I have which are not of this
fold: them also I must bring.And they
shall hear my voice: and there shall be one fold and one Shepherd.
John declares that
Jesus layed down His life as commanded by the Father.This
commandment have I received of my Father.In John
the doubting Jews demanded of Jesus, If
thou be the Christ tell us plainly.Jesus answered them in verses 25-30, I told you, and ye believed not: the works
that I do in my Fathers name, they bear witness of me.But ye believe not, because ye are not of my
sheep, as I said unto you.My sheep hear
my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal
life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my
hand.My Father, which gave them me is greater than all: And no man is able to pluck them out
of my Fathers hand.I and my Father are
Third, Jesus in His high priestly
prayer, prayed not for the world but for those given to Him by the Father, John 17:1-2, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may
glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give
eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
In John 17:6-9 Jesus declares, I have manifested thy name unto the men
which thou gavest me out of the world: Thine they were and thou gavest them me.(these to whom he declared the Fathers
name) the words which thou gavest me;
and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee,
and they have believed that thou didst send me.I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast
given me: for they are thine.
All of the above scriptures show
that Jesus came to die for those given to Him by the Father, and to lay down
His life for the sheep, and His priestly prayer before His death was for those
given to Him by the Father.All of these
teachings are based on the Sovereignty of God.
Perhaps the one Scripture, which most
emphatically asserts the Sovereignty of God in connection with His determining
the destiny of His creatures, is the 9th
chapter of Romans.
In verse 21,
Hath not the Potter power over the
clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor.This verse represents fallen man as impotent
as a lump of clay, and out of the same lump He makes some vessels to honor, and
some to dishonor.God not only has the
right to do this, but He exercises this right.
Many more scriptures could be given
to show that Christ died for the elect and God has predestinated them to
salvation, but space will not permit and I shall mention only a few.
Acts , As many as were ordained
to eternal life believed.
Romans 8:28-30, And we know that all things work together
for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his
purpose.For whom he did foreknow, he
also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be
the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he
also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified,
them he also glorified.
Corinthians 1:22-27, For the
Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after
wisdom.But we preach Christ crucified
unto the Jew a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ
the power of God, and the wisdom of God.Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of
God is stronger than men.For ye see
your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many
mighty, not many noble, are called.But
God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God
hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are
Ephesians 1:4, According as he hath chosen us in him
before the foundation of the world.
Ephesians 1:5, Having predestinated us
unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good
pleasure of His will.
Ephesians 1:11, In whom also we have obtained an
inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh
all things after the counsel of his own will.
Thessalonians 2:13, But we are
bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord,
because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through
sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.