22 Bible Passages Stating or Implying

Universal Reconciliation

Below is a list of Bible passages which either state clearly or imply Universal Reconciliation; the teaching that the whole human race will ultimately be reconciled to God and that no one will endure eternal torment without end.

Nearly all these passages contain comprehensive words, such as all, every or the world.

Please give special attention to the passages I have highlighted in yellow which, I believe, are irrefutable.

Ps 22:27: all the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. Not just a few of them.

Dan 7:14: And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away.

Luke 3:6: all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Does all mean all?

Luke 19:10: For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Was his mission successful?

John 1:29: Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! The whole world or just a small fraction of it?

John 3:17: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. How much of the world?

John 4:42: we know that this is indeed the Saviour of the world. All of it? Or just a small part?

John 12:32: And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.

Acts 3:20-21: Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

Rom 5:18: Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. A strong statement of universal reconciliation.

Rom 11:32: For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all. All except most of the human race?

Rom 11:36: For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Including the whole human race or not?

1Cor 15:22: As in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Cor 15:28: When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

Eph.1:10: as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Phil 2:10-11 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Col 1:19-20: For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. Another comprehensive statement of universal reconciliation (see the whole passage in Col 1:14-20).

1Tim 2:4: [God,] who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. God will get what he desires.

1Tim 4:10: we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, especially of those who believe.

Tit 2:11: For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.

Heb 2:9: But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honour because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Rev 5:13: And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might forever and ever!” Impossible if a large proportion of the human race was experiencing endless torment.

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