For the grace of God which carries with it salvation for all men has appeared.” (Titus 2:11 DBY)Recently, we received a very good question here at Renewed Heart Ministries. I have noticed throughout the years that this question is usually asked about twice a year.
“Herb, are you saying that everyone is going to be saved?”
Let me be clear from the very beginning. No. I don’t believe that everyone will be saved. But let me be quick to add that they should be! There is no reason, not even the slightest, why every person should not be saved and in the kingdom except that they don’t want to be.
I would like to share some statements from three of my favorite authors regarding this subject:
First, the Apostle Paul:
“For the grace of God which carries with it salvation for all men has appeared.” (Titus 2:11 DBY)
“For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.” (1 Timothy 4:10 NASB)
“In conclusion, just as through one transgression condemnation came upon all, so through one righteous act acquittal and life came to all.” (Romans 5:18 NAB)
“For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17 NASB emphasis added)
Next, E.J. Waggoner:
“He willeth that all men should be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth. (1Tim.2:4) And He ‘worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.’ (Eph.1:11) ‘What! do you mean to teach universal salvation?’ We mean to teach just what the Word of God teaches,–that ‘the grace of God hath appeared, bringing salvation to all men.’ (Titus 2:11, R.V) God has wrought out salvation for every man, and has given it to him; but the majority spurn it, and throw it away. The Judgment will reveal the fact that full and complete salvation was given to every man, and that the lost have deliberately thrown away their birthright possession.” (The Glad Tidings, p. 23 – Original Version)
Lastly, Ellen White:
“In his sinless state, man held joyful communion with Him “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3) But after his sin, he could no longer find joy in holiness, and he sought to hide from the presence of God. Such is still the condition of the unrenewed heart. It is not in harmony with God, and finds no joy in communion with Him. The sinner could not be happy in God’s presence; he would shrink from the companionship of holy beings. Could he be permitted to enter heaven, it would have no joy for him. The spirit of unselfish love that reigns there–every heart responding to the heart of Infinite Love–would touch no answering chord in his soul. His thoughts, his interests, his motives, would be alien to those that actuate the sinless dwellers there. He would be a discordant note in the melody of heaven. Heaven would be to him a place of torture; he would long to be hidden from Him who is its light, and the center of its joy. It is no arbitrary decree on the part of God that excludes the wicked from heaven; they are shut out by their own unfitness for its companionship. The glory of God would be to them a consuming fire. They would welcome destruction, that they might be hidden from the face of Him who died to redeem them.” (Steps to Christ, p. 17)
This final statement moves me the most. If any person is not there, it will only be because they truly did not want to be. If a person wants to be there, and by that I mean “would be happy there,” then they will be there. God has purchased, provided for, and accomplished salvation for all! He has given it to each person and has, every moment since their birth, encircled them with an atmosphere of grace and light striving to win their hearts to want the gift He has given at such high a cost to Himself. Why? Because He loves you, dear reader. The only question left to answer is, “Will there be any who love Him back?”
Why don’t you take a moment right now to stop and consider what He may be saying to you this week? Then take a moment to surrender to the length, depth, height and width of His boundless love for you.
I wish you God’s best this week.