Did Jesus die for every single individual or for his sheep only?

By Nick Bibile


What about the following scriptures?


1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.


1Ti 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.


1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.


Isa 53:6 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.


Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.


Joh 3:16 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.


1Jo 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.


Ro 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.


When you look at the above scriptures it looks pretty clear that Christ Jesus died for all people, meaning every single individual who has been born on this earth right? Yes, looks pretty convincing. Even the Greek word for all is  pav pas pas. It means all men, each, every, the whole, everyone, every man.


Did you know when it comes to Hermeneutics which is the science of the correct interpretation of the Bible, context always rules in interpretation, whether you are studying a single word, one verse or a larger section of Scripture. The word "context" is derived from a Latin word meaning "to weave together"


Now this is what I mean, let us take the same word ‘all’ and see the following scriptures.


Lu 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.


Here we see the same Greek word pas is used meaning every single individual in the world. Was the whole world taxed? China, India, and every single country? Certainly not. Words have meaning only as they are used in a context.


Mt 3:5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan,

 6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.


Again the Greek word pas is used to mean every single individual. Was all Judea, or all Jerusalem, baptized in Jordan? No absolutely not.


Joh 12:19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

Does it mean every single person in the entire region including old the young, children, people in hospitals, jails every single individual go after him? No certainly not. Let me give you and example. When Pope John Paul II died the news media said, the whole world is mourning. Does it means every single human beings on the face of the earth were mourning? No, only a limited number.

Grammatically "all" is used in only three ways: (1) As a pronoun. (2) As an adjective. Or, (3) As an adverb. But in whichever way it is used it cannot stand alone, but refers to the part of speech that it defines or modifies, and by which it is limited. Hence, in any context, it is limited in its application to that noun, pronoun, verb, adjective or adverb that it modifies. Now it is readily acknowledged that the word that it modifies is not always expressed. Sometimes the word is only implied, and the context must determine what it is. But never does the word alone mean or refer to all mankind without exception unless the governing word does. But many make the very serious mistaken assumption that "all" automatically refers to all mankind in many contexts. In most instances in the Bible the context itself will show that this word is limited in its application to a distinct class of beings. We must always allow the context to interpret the application of any given word, for if we do not, we shall be guilty of "going beyond what is written," and therefore teaching falsehood.


Now let us take the following scriptures in context.


1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.