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If Christ reconciles all things, why doesn’t everyone believe? (Colossians 1:20)

Colossians 1:20 New International Version (NIV)
20 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 1:20

ESV - 20 And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Clarify Share Report Asked May 12 2019 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that Christ's atoning death and resurrection were (and are) sufficient for the salvation of every human who has ever lived (or who will ever live) from eternity past to eternity future. However, God will not force that salvation on anyone. Human beings still have a free will that can choose to accept it (at any time up to their last earthly breath) or reject it. 

Christ reconciled all things in the sense of making it possible for any sinful human being to be acceptable in God's sight. But each human must personally appropriate that salvation through repentance and faith in order for it to be effectual. And, as noted in John's gospel, people do not do so because, as unrepentant sinners, they love darkness more than the light (John 3:19).

May 12 2019 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

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