Thank you, .45 for all of those excellent verses from Scripture.
Nor do I believe that those dead in trespasses and sins will ever choose to call upon His name. I believe that, as with Lydia, The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message (Ac 16:14)
However, I do believe that Jesus is the Light. In fact, John 1 - 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world." Jesus gives light to "every man".
Some receive, as did Lydia. Some, however, resist, as Stephen said, Acts 7 - 51 "You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit!
Those who resist are not among those who believe and are justified. "For those He foreknew He predestined..." Those who receive are those He foreknew and ordained to eternal life. Those who resist "shall not see life but the wrath of God abides on them."
NONE of the above, however, does not mean that the sacrifice of Christ did not atone for all sin. All of the above can be true, and Christ STILL have died for all sin. "Not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."
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