Is everyone saved?

19 Nov

It is popular these days to teach that the whole world was saved at the cross, that Jesus died not as humanity’s representative but as humanity itself. Those who preach this message typically ask, “Jesus came to save the world—did he fail?”

I am certain Jesus accomplished all he came to do, and yet not everyone is saved. If they were, why would the apostles risk life and limb preaching that we must be saved? Why would they write letters telling us that God wants us to be saved and that he commands people everywhere to repent and believe in the name of his Son in order to be saved? For that matter, why would the risen Lord commission us to preach the good news to all creation so that whoever believes might be saved?

The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men (Titus 2:11), but not all receive it. Consequently, not all are saved. Jesus said: “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved … (John 10:9, NKJV). Trusting in the Savior is the requirement for salvation (Acts 16:31). There is nothing wrong with telling believers they are saved and there is nothing wrong with telling unbelievers they can be. Believers need the assurance, and unbelievers need to hear the good news.

Paul Ellis

The Gospel in Ten Words, KingsPress, 2012, 46-7.

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5 Responses to “Is everyone saved?”

  1. Carl Garrett December 29, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    I totally agree with your main point. But believers don’t need assurance from men that they are saved. Only God knows the heart. The only assurance they need of their salvation is from the Holy Spirit. Rom 8:16. Being assured by preachers of my salvation because I fully, intellectually accented to Jesus dying on the cross for me, confessed Him as my Lord and Savior, and because I submitted to baptism, are major factors for why I failed to be born again for a period of 25 years after I was baptized. The preachers kept telling me and I kept telling myself that I’m saved. But not having any true power for holiness, having no testimony for what only Jesus could do in me, eventually made it painfully evident to me that I was not saved. Many people believe in Jesus, but they don’t really trust His heart of love. Matt 7:22-23. They think they do, but they don’t really.

    • Paul Ellis December 29, 2012 at 8:30 am #

      I totally agree with you regarding the witness of the Spirit. What the Holy Spirit says is true about us trumps every lie and half-truth men may throw at us.

      But I stand by my point – there is nothing wrong with preaching the gospel of salvation, even to believers. The Holy Spirit can work through people.

      I regularly hear from saints who have been shaken by condemning, loveless preaching. They have been told that their salvation is uncertain unless they first perform for Jesus. This is a damnable lie, a doctrine of demons that must be refuted by those who trust God’s grace. Speaking to brothers, Paul declares that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved (Rom 10:9-13). This gospel is not just for sinners. It’s something we all need to hear.

      • Carl Garrett December 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

        I totally agree concerning preaching the Gospel, revealing Jesus, revealing Who God really is, to everyone. (Which, BTW, is what Joseph Prince does.) Eternity will be spent experiencing and worshipping the revelation of God’s character, like layers of an onion being pealed back that never ends. No wonder the angels never stop crying Holy, Holy, Holy! My issue is when people judge the salvation of others. THAT is not the Gospel. As Bill Johnson says, Religion insulates people from your need for Jesus. Pointing out who is in and who is out is a religious endeavor, and not a holy endeavor.

      • Paul Ellis December 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

        Sure, but that’s a different issue. That’s judging people and drawing lines in the sand and hopefully you’ll find nothing like that on GraceQuotes.

        The point of the quote above is that salvation is on the table. If you need saving, take it! If you have taken hold of Jesus but are troubled by insecurity can be assured. Hear Jesus who said, “Today, salvation has come to this household.”

  2. Carl Garrett December 30, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    As I said before, the statement “There is nothing wrong with telling believers they are saved” is the only part that i have an issue with. I consider that to be judging too because it’s what kept me from realizing my lost condition for the majority of my lifetime. Nobody but you and God know when you’ve been born again. So, let’s simply share the Gospel.

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