Jesus Christ



11. Did Jesus Christ die only for some men or for all men?



Jesus Christ died for all men, for the apostle Paul says: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity” (1 Timothy 2:5-7), and also: “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life” (Romans 5:18).

The apostle John confirms what Paul says, saying that Jesus Christ “is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2).

At this point, however, I have to say that even though Christ died for all, only some people will benefit from His atoning sacrifice, who are those who were predestined to be justified and glorified. Therefore, these passages: “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53:12), “And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many” (Mark 14:24), and some other biblical passages alike – which seem to say that Jesus died only for some – actually mean that only a certain number of human beings will benefit from the atoning sacrifice of Jesus. Therefore, the sacrifice of Christ is able to blot out the sins of all men, but only the sins of some will be blotted out by His blood.