A Question I Was Asked:

Can You Explain 2 Corinthians 5:14-15?

Can you explain 2 Corinthians 5:14-15?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Let us look at this:

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. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).

Okay, let us look at what this is saying: As Christians we could be said to be 'caught up in the transforming love of Christ,' in response to that, we should now live for Christ and serve Him, we should no longer live for ourselves, leading generally useless, or self-serving lives. That's the first point, but there is more to this if one looks just a little closer.

Look again at verse 14: Christ died 'for all.' Recently I put up an article not actually originating in this ministry but from a baptist association; the article pointed out how 'limited atonement,' (which is right at the heart of Calvinism), is actually an incorrect teaching; it doesn't square with Scripture, it's the only one of the five points of Calvinism which is unscriptural. This Scripture clearly spells it out: We are convinced that Christ died for all, therefore all died. (Verse 14b). So Christ has already died for all - not for a few - He cannot do any more than that, Christians are the ones who currently realize that "therefore all died," therefore our 'old man' has died. Non-Christians presently do not understand nor acknowledge this fact, yet it's a fact nevertheless. As and when they come to understand and acknowledge the truth, they find that the penalty for their sins is already paid in full. Of course, God must open their eyes for that to happen.

None of this means that the teaching of the 'elect' of God (who alone are being called to serve in the spreading of the Gospel right now) is wrong, it is not wrong, but it is only part of the full picture; the elect are the 'firstfruits' of the crop but a larger 'latterfruits' crop comes later as God has mercy on additional thousands who cry out for mercy at the end of time. On the other hand, Calvinism - especially Hyper-Calvinism - teaches that God is only concerned about a tiny group called the 'elect,' all others beyond that (many millions) are already concluded for Hell. That, in my honest opinion, is totally unscriptural and is a most cruel teaching.

Robin A. Brace. August 31st, 2017.