The popular teaching is Jesus has died for all, for God desires to save everyone, but others would not be saved because they refuse or reject God’s offer of salvation, or they do not want to believe.
But could we harmonize it with God’s Word?
But if Christ really died for everyone, where could we find in the Bible that those who have been washed from their sins would end up in hell?
Those who are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb will be in God’s Kingdom! We read in Revelation 5:9-10:
“…And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth” (NKJV).
Now, consider also this account in the Old Testament how the Sovereign God would save a people.
Notice the reaction of the people of Israel, after they heard through Moses that God would save them from their slavery in Egypt.
“Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery” (Ex. 6:9, ESV).
The Israelites did not listen. They ignored the message of God that He would deliver them from slavery, “because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.”
Because they did not listen, did God refrain also to save them? What did He do?
We read in verses 10-13, “So the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land.’ But Moses said to the LORD, ‘Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?’ But the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron and gave them a charge about the people of Israel and about Pharaoh king of Egypt: to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.”
The refusal of the people to listen did not prevent God to pursue His plan to save them. Finally, He did not just “offer” or promise freedom for His people, “But the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and GAVE THEM A CHARGE… to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt”!
If He wants to save you, He would really do it, though you are not interested to be saved!
We also read in the Bible that there’s nothing too hard for God. Nothing is impossible for Him to do.
On our own, sin or Egypt is more pleasurable. Or, we are also hardened by the life of sin. We would not also listen to God’s call.
But if Jesus Christ really died for you, if He sought and found you, would it be too hard or impossible for Him to give you a new heart and new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26-27), so you would be willing also to obey Him and be saved?