An essential part of believing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is understanding that He died for our sins. In this post, we will be showing all passages that communicate the following points:
When Jesus died on the cross, he paid for the sins of all people who have and will ever live on planet earth. It was by the grace of God that Jesus died for everyone.
God wants everyone to have eternal life in Heaven, which is received when we obtain the forgiveness of sins by believing on Christ's death for our sins, burial, and resurrection according to the scriptures.
There is no sin that any believer in Christ has to pay for.
The belief that God predstinates some to believe on Christ and others to be left as helpless unbelievers is belief in a false gospel that cannot save. A person who believes in this predestination doctrine must reject this belief and believe the true Gospel of Christ to be saved.
The belief that Jesus did not die for everyone, but only died for a select few is belief in a false gospel that cannot save. A person who believes this limited atonement doctrine must reject this belief and believe the true Gospel of Christ to be saved.
All verses in this post are taken from the The Holy Bible: King James Version.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
1 John 3:4-5
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
Comments on Isaiah 53:4-7, Romans 4:4-8, Psalms 32:1-2, and 1 John 3:4-5
Isaiah 53 is one of the most famous prophecies of Jesus dying for our sins. We see words like "transgressions" and "iniquity" in this passage, which match up perfectly to the definitions of sin and the forgiveness of sins in the New Testament. Since we see the word "iniquity" used synonymously with "transgression", "sin" for "sin", and "sin" for "iniquity" when Romans 4:7-8 quotes Psalms 32:1-2, we can see that the terms are interchangable. We see this in a similar fashion when 1 John 3:4-5 defines sin as transgression of the law. Therefore, when we hear any description of Jesus' death on the cross being done for our sins, our iniquties, and our transgressions, it is speaking of the same thing.
The key word describing Jesus' death for sins is that he died for "our" sins and "the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all." When we go out and preach the Gospel and tell people that Jesus died for our sins, we are also telling unbelievers that he died for their sins as well. The Gospel is an all inclusive message that offers the free gift of eternal life to everyone.
11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
1 John 5:10-11
10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
Comments on Matthew 18:11 and Luke 19:10, with supplemental text form 1 John 5:10-11
By saying that Jesus came to see and save the lost, it logically disproves and debunks predestination outright. See the below statements separated into 2 sections.
If a person is lost, then they are in danger of Hell.
According to the predestination false doctrine, God chose who would be saved before He created them.
If God chose who would be saved before he created them, then they were never in danger of ever going to Hell and were never really lost.
If predestination unto salvation is true (it's not), and Jesus came to seek and save the lost, then there was no point of Jesus coming to Earth in the first place.
By believing statements 1-4, a person is either saying that Jesus did not accomplish the work He said he was sent to do or is calling Him a liar according to 1 John 5:10. This is sufficient evidence that a true believer in Christ believes that Jesus did come to save the lost and did fully accomplish everything required of Him to make salvation accessable to everyone.
28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Comments on Matthew 20:28 and Mark 10:45
Both of these verses use the word "many" when describing Jesus' sacrifice for sins. This word proves that he did not die for just a select few. We will see in other verses that He did die for all, but I wanted to include these because it is relevant to this topic.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Comments on John 3:14-18
We see that God loved the "world," not part of the world, but the world. Also we see that Jesus was sent that the "world" through him might be saved. God's intention by sending Jesus to die for our sins has always been to save the whole world.
21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
Comments on John 5:21-25
When it says the Father "hath committed all judgment unto the Son," we can conclude that Jesus was punished for the sins of men when we pair it up with "the Father judgeth no man." Also, John 5:24 stating that those who believe on the Father sending Jesus to die for the sins of the world have everlasting life. Simple belief in Christ is all that is needed to be saved and go to Heaven.
37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?
43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.
31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.
Comments on John 6:37-47 and John 12:30-33
We see in John 6:44 that a man must first be drawn by the Father first. Also, Jesus says that he will draw all men unto himself. When we compare John 12:32 with John 6:38, we see that part of Jesus coming to Earth to do the Father's will is drawing all men to himself. When we compare these passages with 1 Timothy 2:5 (see below), which states that Jesus is the one mediator between God and men, we can conclude that God the Father is drawing everyone to Himself through Jesus Christ.
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Comments on Ephesians 2:1-10 and Romans 5:1-5 with supplemental text from Romans 6:23 and John 3:36
A common false interpretation of Ephesians 2 is that faith is the gift of God. The truth is that the gift of God is eternal life. To do a proper rebuttal against this interpretation, we can compare Ephesians 2:8 with Romans 5:2 to force an interpretation that properly applies to both statements. It must be made clear in a Gospel presentation that we must place our faith in Jesus Christ, God the Father's only begotten Son, in order to be saved/obtain eternal life.
1 Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying,
3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.
8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
Comments on Romans 10:1-21 and Romans 11:1-14
The end of Romans 10 and the whole chapter of Romans 11 illustrate how God offered his grace to Israel and then went to the Gentiles after they had rejected Him. Paul makes sure the readers of Romans know that God did not give up on drawing Israel to place their faith in Christ, but blinded them only to provoke them to jealousy and then get them saved. The mentality behind this was to give the Israelites another chance to be saved after they saw the faith of the Gentiles.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Comments on 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
This is the Gospel in a nutshell. What we see pertaining to God's love for the whole world is that Paul told the Corinthians that "Christ died for our sins." When we preach the Gospel and we say "Christ died for our sins," we are saying that he died for the sins of unbelievers also. We want them to believe the Gospel in order to have eternal life in Heaven and by communicating that Jesus already paid for their free ticket into Heaven, we can give them full assurance of salvation when they place their faith in Christ.
1 Timothy 1:12-16
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Comments on 1 Timothy 1:12-16 with supplemental text from Romans 3:23-24
If Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners and all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, then Christ Jesus came into the world to save everybody.
1 Timothy 2:1-6
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Comments on 1 Timothy 2:1-6
This is the #1 go-to for proving that God wants everyone to go to Heaven and that Jesus died for everybody. It makes both points in the same breath.
1 Timothy 4:9-11
9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
11 These things command and teach.
Comments on 1 Timothy 4:9-11
I interpret this as God is able to and offers salvation to everyone, but will only save those who accept it by trusting in Him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
Comments on Hebrews 2:9, 9:27-28, 10:8-18
All of these passages talk about how Christ died for everyone, bore the sins of many, and was offered as one sacrifice for sins forever. This is finalized by saying that there is no more offering for sin in Hebrews 10:18.
2 Peter 3:9
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Comments on 2 Peter 3:9
This statement is the inverse of 1 Timothy 2:4. In the same way that God wants all men to be saved, he is also not willing that any should perish.
1 John 2:1-2
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Comments on 1 John 2:1-2
No comments needed. Christ was the all sufficient sacrifice for sins for the whole world.