Did Jesus come to save the whole world or just come to save a minority who believe in him? I am posing this question and suggest that we look at the question carefully without being dogmatic. If you had asked me this question 20 years ago I would have said the only way to be saved, was to believe in Jesus and look to him for our salvation. There are scriptures which support this view but there is a great deal of biblical evidence that it has always been God’s intention and plan to save every man and women — indeed the whole earth (and the whole of creation).
I am now inclined to believe that God will save everyone, but dare not be too assertive on this issue as greater minds than mine have grappled with this question. So, I am not asking you to say, “I agree with George”, but to look at the following passages from The Bible and come to your own position on the subject.
We must also look of what it means to be saved. It means having a relationship with Jesus/God and having everlasting life. This starts NOW and I cannot underestimate the advantages and blessings of being saved, forgiven and loved in this present life, regardless of what chances there are in the future. There is a case for believing that all will eventually be saved but it is far better for us to choose life, now, while we can fully enjoy it.
But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people‘. (Luke 2:10 NIV)
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’” (Luke 3:4-6 John the Baptist quoting from Isaiah 40:3-5 NIV)
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17 NIV)
We have heard Him ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world. (John 4:42)
“When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32 NIV)
Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. (Romans 5:18 NIV)
It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'” (Romans 14:11 NIV)
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:22 NIV)
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:19-20 NIV)
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people — for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. (I Timothy 2;1-6 NIV)
That is why we labour and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10 NIV)
Other New Testament
In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. (Acts 2;17 NIV)
But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:9 NIV)
We have seen, and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. (1 John 4:14 NIV)