For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people… (Titus 2:11; ESV)

The scripture seems plain and should be taken at face value. Every person has salvation offered to them. Salvation and atonement are not limited but are available to every person. The doctrine of predestination and this verse cannot stand together. Either God chose some to be saved before the foundations of the world or every person has the opportunity for salvation because the grace of God has appeared. I reject John Calvin’s teaching because the scripture is plain. Salvation is for all people, not for some.

The ESV Study Bible puts a nice point to it:

2:11 Bringing salvation for all people is sometimes misunderstood as meaning that all people will be saved. However, such a reading is not necessary here and flatly contradicts other Scripture (see note on 1 Tim. 2:4). It means, rather, that salvation has been offered to all people (including all ethnic groups), not just to some.

2 Comments

  1. I agree with you, Brent, that salvation is offered to all.

    However, it seems to me that the offer is only efficacious for the elect. It is only the elect who are empowered by the Holy Spirit to respond correctly to the offer, and obtain eternal life. The non-elect remain dead in their sins, unable to respond.

    I’m a life-long Methodist, but I have studied the reformed faith somewhat, and that is my understanding of the subject. But I don’t think it is worth anybody fighting about it. It’s not for us to be able to identify the elect; it’s for us to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to all and let the Holy Spirit effect the transformation in people’s lives.

  2. I am reminded of what Jesus said in Mat 28:18-20.

    “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

    Those who respond to the gospel and its call become part of His elect. Those who reject the gospel and its message will be condemned.