Q. Re: 1 Timothy 2:3-6. According to the original language, what does the word “all” mean in these verses? I am applying this study to the idea of limited atonement and Calvinism. Thanks so much!
A. Speaking of making intercessory prayers for everyone, whether kings or commoners, 1 Timothy 2:3-6 says,
This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men – the testimony given in its proper time.
The Greek word translated all in verses 4 and 6 is “pas”. When referring to individuals it means “each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, everything” and appears over 1200 times in the New Testament.
As Matt. 7:7-8, John 3:16, John 6:40, Romans 10:13, and 2 Peter 3:9-10 also show, God didn’t create anyone without any hope of being saved.