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In my work as a hospice chaplain I have discovered that virtually all Texans of a certain age can quote John 3:16 from memory (invariably from the King James Version):
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Few, however, have memorized the verse that follows:
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world, through Him, might be saved.
In I Timothy the writer celebrates
God our Savior, Who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one Mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, Himself human, Who gave Himself a ransom for all (2:3-5).
And there’s I Corinthians 15:22,
For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
The clearest enunciation of this teaching comes in the second chapter of Philippians where Paul … hails that great gettin’ up morning when,
at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on Earth and under the Earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (:10).
All shall be saved. It’s in the book.
Heaven-or-Hell Theology May be Simple, but it is Neither Biblical nor Morally Defensible
Baptist News Global (Opinion), March 5, 2020
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