18 November, 2019

II Corinthians 5:19—“God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself”


And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation (II Cor. 5:18-19).


HYPO-CALVINIST ARGUMENT:
This text is appealed to in support of a death of Christ for all men. The idea is that “world” means all men, head for head, including the reprobate.



(I)

Herman Hoeksema (1886-1965)

[Source: The Protestant Reformed Churches in America (1947), p. 344; emphasis added]

The “world” [among other things] may also mean the totality of the saved out of the world, because the saved are gathered from every nation and tongue and tribe and not merely from a single nation or group.** A plain illustration of this connotation you find in II Cor. 5:19: “To wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. They that would interpret the word “world” in this text as meaning all men, must needs distort and deny the true meaning of the word “reconciliation.” To reconcile always implies the blotting out of sin. That this is also implied in the text is evident from the words “not imputing their trespasses unto them.” It is clear, then, that this “world” is actually saved in the blood of Christ. It is reconciled. But, then, either is true: “world” does not mean “all men,” otherwise “all men” are saved. The latter is not true; hence, “world” does not signify all men, but the totality of the saved out of every nation.

** On pages 343-344, Rev. Hoeksema demonstrates from Scripture that “world” can also mean (1) “creation in its organic sense … without having respect to individual creatures” (John 3:16) and (2) “this present world as it is in sin and corruption … the works of God … from the viewpoint of their being dominated by the wicked” (John 14:30; 16:11; 17:9, 16; I John 2:15-17)


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More to come! (DV)





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