Soli Deo Gloria said:
Ted, thanks for the scripture. I would encourage you to look at all of those verses in context and in light of what all other scripture reveals. I would say that all of the scripture given, in context, does not affirm Christs death for all(every individual). I would love to see you exegete any one of them.

Soli, in the words of Louis Gossett, Jr.'s character in the movie, An Officer and a Gentleman, "Where ya' been all your life? Listenin' to rock 'n roll music and bad mouthin' yer country?"

Get out yer spectacles (that's "glasses" for you young folks!) an' follow along wit' me:

In the 2Corinthians 5 verses, the Apostle is 'splainin' 'bout Christ's love for "all," having died (on the cross) for "all" "on their behalf." Now, you and I, bein' Calvinists, KNOW that the Apostle weren't talkin' 'bout some weak-kneed "offer" to all. And we know that the Apostle wasn't talkin' 'bout Jesus savin' EVERYONE, so . . . . . the Apostle MUST be talkin' about something -- in a general way -- that's come to "all" as a result of Christ's death on the cross. "Common grace," as you most graciously agreed with my earlier post!


Ditto for the 1Timothy 2 passage of scripture.

Furthermore, may I add another passage of Holy Scripture to the mix? Ephesians 4:7. Let's look at it in context . . . .

Ephesians 4:1-7 (ESV):
1I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit--just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call-- 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8Therefore it says, "When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men."

"Grace," my boy or -- if I may so boldly "exegete" -- "Common grace," was "given to each of us" through "Christ's gift" on the cross. Amen? (I say it for you, "Amen!")

Jestfully, yet respectfully, submitted with Christ's love (and seeking YOUR grace!),