22 December, 2019

I Timothy 2:5-6—“one mediator between God and men … who gave himself a ransom for all”

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time (I Tim. 2:1-6).

This text is appealed to by many to support the notion that Christ died for all humans without exception—“all” being the key word in the text.


David J. Engelsma

[Source: Protestant Reformed Theological Journal, vol. 51, no. 2 (April 2018), p. 81]

A ransom is the payment of a price for the deliverance of those ransomed. If Christ’s death was a ransom for all humans without exception, all humans without exception must be delivered from Satan, sin, and death, unless the ransom, that is, the cross of Christ was unavailing …



More to come! (DV)

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