Everybody’s saved, they just don’t know it yet

Christ “died for ALL,” 2 Corinthians 5:15, to be the “Saviour of ALL men,” 1 Timothy 4:10. So Christ doesn’t miss anybody out when it comes to salvation. He “gave himself as a ransom for all men,” 1 Timothy 2:6, “tasted death for everyone,” Hebrews 2:9, “for the sins of the whole world,” 1 John 2:2, so that God could “reconcile to himself all things…by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross,” Colossians 1:19-20.

So it’s abundantly clear in scripture that Christ’s death covers everybody. And when he died, all humanity died with him, 2 Corinthians 5:14. Logically, then, if Christ died to save everyone and we’re all included in that death, then everybody must be saved already. Christ died, job done. “It is finished.”

“Ah, but that’s Universalism,” some cry. Oh, really? I thought Universalism says. “Everybody’s going to be saved,” that God gets us all through eventually and no one loses out on salvation. But is that what I meant? No. I have no idea if everybody’s going to be saved or “gets through eventually,” or not. Perhaps some might reject the gospel. But I didn’t say “everybody’s GOING to be saved,” I’m saying they ALREADY ARE. When Christ died, it was job done.

But not all Christians see it this way, that salvation for all humans – past, present and future – was done and dusted by Jesus on the cross. Some, for instance, believe that only an elect few will be saved. Others believe that only those who repent and believe receive salvation. In their minds, therefore, salvation is either selective or conditional, or that only some people are saved based on certain conditions being met. Salvation for them is definitely not for everybody, nor is it a free gift. Instead, salvation is only “potentially” ours, or it’s only in exchange for something we do.

That’s not what Ephesians 2:5 says, however, because “God made us alive with Christ EVEN WHEN we were dead in transgressions.” In other words, God saved us before we even had a clue what salvation was. He saved us from eternal death when we couldn’t care less about repentance and faith. It was when we were in no condition to be saved that he saved us. Why? Verse 8, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this NOT FROM YOURSELVES, it is the GIFT of God.” Salvation from beginning to end is a gift, that was ours already before we even knew about it.

So here we all are – all of us saved already as God’s amazing gift to us through Christ’s shed blood. But not everybody knows that yet, so it’s the job of the Christian church to tell them, Romans 10:15.

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