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

JeffLogan's picture

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?

JeffLogan's picture

Hey Doug, this came up

Hey Doug, this came up elsewhere and I didn't get a satisfactory answer.

Doug writes,

You're aware that there is a physical death to which we all are heir. Even Jesus died that without cause . . . There is also a spiritual death, to which Paul often refers; that's the one we need to worry about.

Jeff writes,

Did Jesus die the natural death which Hebrews says is appointed unto all men? Well, I think not. Because, had Jesus died that death for us, as our substitute, then Christians would not die. No, it seems apparent that we are still subject to that first death--the one that is appointed unto us once to die. But what we need to escape is the second death which Revelation talks about which ends in the lake of fire. "This is the second death." So it is wrong to say that Jesus died that first death for us when we are all still subject to die that first death. But we can escape that second death so it must be this second death that Jesus died for us. If we have faith in Christ's atoning blood for us personally we are still going to die that first death which is appointed unto all men "once to die." But we will not die that second death in the lake of fire as Revelation so aptly describes. If we are spiritually alive then we will not be subject to that second death which is so evidently a physical death since both body and soul are there destroyed and the wicked are cast bodily into the lake of fire to be consumed.

I guess my point is, I would like to know if you think the ALL in 2 Cor 5:14 means every soul since Christ dies only once while people repent and receive Him through-out all history.

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