Discussing the word "ALL" in 2 Cor. 5:14

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2 Cor. 5 (NIV)

    14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.
    15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

I want to focus on the word "ALL" in this passage. What is the scope of the word "ALL?"

"...One died for all, and therefore all died."

Is it that everyone died with Christ on the cross and some just don't know it or won't believe it?

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Reply to: My take on it:

Reply to: My take on it:
Submitted by noprem on Tue, 2012-02-07 17:58.

Doug writes, Therefore, "everyone died with Christ on the cross and some just don't know it or won't believe it" is not the case IMO; his death opened an opportunity for all to live.

Jeff writes,

Yes, but what happens when an individual seizes that opportunity? Christ never returns to the cross to die a second time. His death was once and for all. So then we must ask the question. When did that person's death actually occur? The difficulty lies with verses which talk about us dying to self and being born again. It's just too obvious that those who are controlled by sin--that is, still living in disobedience to God by breaking His law--are still alive in the flesh and haven't believed their death at the cross and seized upon that opportunity for salvation by faith in Christ's substitutionary atonement. We must "act on it" by a living faith which is always accompanied by good works--which I believe not only involves alms but obedience to God's law. That obedience demonstrates our faith in God's Word, our understanding of the conditions of salvation, and our desire to show our allegiance to God rather than sin. But still, didn't that event happen at the cross?

For example, in my absence the court awards me the estate of a long, lost, relative. I am the rightful owner of the estate even though I am not aware of it, and even if I die without knowing it.


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