KJV - 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
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Judith, good question you asked! I think Paul was speaking of God’s sovereignty, not God’s salvation of everyone. That would be universal salvation or “universalism.” Here he speaks of reconciling all things in heaven and all things on earth. Note he doesn’t say “all things under the earth” (the lost). He does mention in another context, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” (PHP 2:10) But this even the lost will do in hell if they have waited too long to accept Jesus Christ as their only hope of salvation.
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