03 March, 2017

Romans 5:6—“… Christ died for the ungodly”

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly (Rom. 5:6 KJV).

This text is sometimes thought to teach that Christ died for absolutely all men whoever lived, do live, and will live. The reasoning used for this interpretation is that absolutely all men without exception are “ungodly” (a fact that nobody disputes). It is then reasoned that since it says “Christ died for” the ungodly, it therefore must mean Christ died for “everyone without exception.”


Rev. Martyn McGeown

[Source: “A Response to Phil Johnson’s ‘Primer on Hyper-Calvinism’”]

When Paul says in Romans 5:6 that “Christ died for the ungodly,” he does not mean all the ungodly. He simply means that those for whom Christ died are ungodly.



More to come! (DV)

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