Colossians 1:28

Colossians 1:28-29 (see also Acts 26:29)
We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me.

















One Calvinist explains: “It is not illogical to work for all men’s completeness in Christ even when you know all men will not be made complete in Christ, because in reality, Paul (and every other Calvinist) understands that they cannot know who is truly elect and who is not.”

However, there is a big difference between knowing that not every person will receive Christ vs. teaching that not every person can receive Christ. In Calvinism, not every person can, because most persons have been excluded from a Limited Atonement. By contrast, Paul’s objective was something for “every man.” A Limited Atonement simply excludes that objective.

Question:  If Paul didn’t believe that “every man” could be saved, but only very few men, such as only Calvinism’s elect, then why would he speak in such unbounded terms?

Answer:  To a Calvinist, this merely means that Paul preaches to all men, not knowing who the secret elect are.