I’ve ran this with Bob Wilson and he did not find it so persuasive but I’ll give it a go here and see what others might think. Indeed Bob may be right but I am still inclined to think there is something to the following. Let me state that I’ve been one more persuaded by the traditional interpretation of “All will be made alive” to only refer to a comparison. However I’m more than willing to alter my views on that score. The following verse however, leads me to believe that in fact Universalists may be right about “All”.
In Romans 5:10 we read: (NAS Version)
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
It dawned on me that this “might” be one of the most powerful Universalist verses paul writes. The reason is because his assurance of being saved is not based on his faith, choice, behavior, or anything else except: While he was a sinner (non volitional) he was reconciled (non volitional) which garauntees his salvation.
I believe Bob’s response was that most people wills imply read this as only being relevant to the believer since that is who Paul is writing.
My contention is that the verse literally renders that Pauls assurance is on something he did not choose. However, it could be rednered that paul’s assurance is that God’s love is so that he reconciled his enemies than how much more will a believe be saved.
So I see Bob’s point of view, but I still am inclined to think that Pauls assurance is his being reconciled which was something that was against his choice.
Any thoughts? And please, be fair (if I’m smoking something, let me know)