So the topic today is did Christ die for all, and why and who Christ came for? Some of the most deliberately overlooked questions.
When we read the scriptures, we have to put all things in the order that they are written, originally the Most High chose a nation (Psalm 147:19-20). That nation is Israel…
This is who the Covenant was made with when Moses took them out of Egypt.
This covenant was established with blood amongst Israelite’s as well as ‘Strangers’ (Gentiles) who travelled with the Israelite’s out of Egypt.
Christ’s Fulfilment In Death
The use of blood was used in order to cleanse sins, sins are things we do contrary to the Most High’s laws (1 John 3:4).
We are told in the book of Hebrews that the blood of bulls and goats would never have been sufficient to cleanse sins completely.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
This is why the Messiah came as a substitute for this act of cleansing those sins which was by the use of bulls and goats.
He became the eternal sacrifice in the book of Matthew he tells us himself that he came to fulfil the laws.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
When we read the book of Daniel, it tells us what this fulfilment was.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
It tells us he would be sacrificed and become the offering for our sins instead of the previously, offerings (Oblations) and sacrificed animals.
This is confirmed in the book of Hebrews 10:4 above.
Significance Of Blood In The Bible (Why Christ Was Sacrificed)
It’s important to understand the meaning of blood. Once we understand this, we understand why the Messiah had to be sacrificed.
The Most High puts a great importance on blood. It is the element in creation, that gives life. This is noted in the scriptures
10 And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.
11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.
The most high, was very serious about blood, and what we were to do with it. He commanded Israel, not eat anything that contained blood.
This rules out steaks cooked “rare”, and food that still has blood in it. such as black puddings etc.
The judgement for eating such things, is the exclusion from Israel, and the faith. If you have never been told that it is sinful to eat food with blood in it, now you know.
As a believer you should refrain from blood. Blood was designated, as the requirement needed to cover our sins, or atone for our sins (Leviticus 17:10).
Knowing this gives a fuller understanding as to why the Messiah had to die. His death, became the last sacrifice, which covers our sins as Believers…
Before this there were animal sacrifices such as “Bulls and goats”, which took place regularly.
But now there are no loopholes, because once you accept and believe in the Messiah your actions will be judged by the Most High internally.
There is no way of pretending that you have atoned for your sins, like their once was.
Did Christ Die For All Nations?
Many would say that the Messiah came to die for the whole world the most famous scripture being John 3:16, this is not entirely false…
But there are distinct stages as to how we ought to look at the Messiah’s final sacrifice which he actually taught himself, this is the most important thing.
The Messiah said “salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22) meaning the Israelite’s, or the Hebrews that came from Jacobs lineage.
The Messiah also said that he was only sent for the Israelite’s & Hebrews.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
I know this sounds controversial, but it is true!
Where Does The Bible Say Christ Died For Everybody?
I mentioned earlier that the covenant was made between Israelite’s and Strangers (Gentiles), in the so called “Old Testament”, and this is also true…
We see confirmation of this when the Messiah himself later on says to the disciples that they should now preach the message to all nations.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Originally, he said to go, “not in the way of the gentiles” (Matthew 10:5), but later he says, to preach to all nations, as seen in the above scripture (Matthew 28:19).
This is then confirmed when the Apostle Paul is called to be an apostle onto the Gentiles, which is just another name for “other nations”.
21 And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
Read my post: Can Gentiles Be Saved?
We also see Peter Bringing Cornelius into salvation after his initial understanding that the faith of Israel was only for the children of Israel (Acts 10:34-36).
What this shows is that this belief that salvation is only for the Jews (or Israel) is a false doctrine and a corruption of what the Most High has commanded.
But it is true that the Most High chose Israel to be the ambassadors of his commandments.
The Meaning Of World In John 3:16
The most common scripture that Christians are brought up on, is John 3:16.
16 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.
This scripture tells us that “God” so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son”.
A point of contention within this scripture that has arisen is if the word “world” being used in the scripture relates to everybody.
The argument is that the story that comes before the use of the word World is addressing just Israelite’s.
The story in questions is one where Moses is commanded to make a stick with serpent on it that Israelite’s were to look at in order to be healed from snake bites.
When we look at the word “World” being used in the Greek for John 3:16, it says
It can be found at G2889 and the word is “Kosmos”
orderly arrangement, i.e. decoration; by implication, the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively
So what we see here is that “World” could mean just Israel, but it could also mean the whole whole.
But more accurately we have to relate it the “Orderly arrangement”, which are the believers that the Messiah died for. This is not just Israelite’s but all nations that believe.
17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
World, Kosmos, “Orderly Arrangement”
To explain this word “world”, which is kosmos in the Greek, we can look at the messiah’s words.
He told us that he came for those that were called, this fits the definition of the word world, especially when we use the term “orderly arrangement”.
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the , but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
This is distinct from the “whole world population”. It tells us that when we see “World” in John 3:16, it is talking about Believers, who are called into the faith.
The Messiah’s words make it clear that not everybody is called, and therefore not everybody is included where we see the word world.
Even though we know, that there is order in the scriptures…
And that the Israelite’s are called first, and then the Gentile Nations (Revelation 7), it’s important to understand that the Most High is “no respecter of persons”…
Meaning there will be Israelite’s and Gentiles called respectively. Israelite’s will not be saved just because they’re Israelite’s.
What Scriptures Say About The World
I have used scriptures previously, that show that the Most High always considered other nations. They were referred to as “Strangers” in the Old Testament and “Gentiles” in the New Testament.
Within the Old Testament there were strangers who lived amongst Israel. Unlike in the the Western world Israel back then was not a cosmopolitan society, with many different nationalities.
It’s important to understand this. To deny Gentiles have a place in the Most High’s Kingdom would be contrary to scriptures.
Did Christ die for all? The answer to this question is twofold. We know that ultimately, the blood sacrifice of the messiah has the power to atone for everybody’s since.
But it’s also important to understand that initially the Messiah came to fulfill a covenant, made with the Israelite’s.
This is made apparent by the Messiahs own words. Because of this we should not overlook this point. It is also seen in Revelations, that the Israelite’s are named first and then the gentile Nations.
To ignore this order would be disingenuous and not biblical.
So Shalom and share this with someone that needs it.