All Means All But Not All Will Believe
For the love of Christ compels us (drive us to move on), because we judge thus (or the conclusion is): that if One died for all (Jesus did not just die for those who believed, He died for all mankind) died for, then all died;
II Corinthians 5:14
We have all fallen short of the glory of God, we are all sinners by virtue of our having been born from Adam, and we are separated from God. There is that vast gulf between man and God, and all because of Adam’s disobedience (Romans 5:12).
A concept that many don’t like to stare in the face. That we are ALL sinners and have fallen short.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
“Remember we are not sinners because we break God’s law we break the law because we are born sinners”
2 Corinthians chapter 5 is loaded with truth’s not revealed before and in verse 14 the apostle Paul delineates the human condition.
The love of Christ constrains this man (Paul) because Christ died for the whole human race. And so because the whole human race needed His sacrificial death, it is logic that the whole human race was dead in sin.
When people try to make their salvation about their works then they are flatly denying this truth. They deny they need saving and reject the fact that they are completely separated from God. They take Christ off the cross and instead rely on their works for salvation.
They reject the Biblical truth that they are dead spiritually. They believe that somehow whatever they do will merit favor with God and they’re going to get into Heaven. But they won’t get there. Because there is nothing we can do to change the spirit, it’s invisible, only God can touch our spirit. Only God can change our spirit and make us a new creation.
So how in the world can someone in a “works religion” hope to make it when they can’t even see and touch their own invisible personality? They can’t see or touch their soul or spirit!
It has to be a miraculous work of God who alone can work in the area of the invisible.
This is why our salvation is based on faith, not works
God expects us to believe (faith) Him when He said because of My great love for you I will send My only Son, to die in your place, for your sins, because there is nothing you can do to save yourself.
So the gospel is that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the dead three days later. Those who believe the gospel alone by faith alone will be saved. Those who are not saved are not saved because Christ didn’t die for them, they are not saved because they didn’t believe the gospel.
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
I Corinthians 15:1-4