But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
– Galatians 4:4-5
For many years I’ve had the privilege of teaching people the principles and process of Bible interpretation. One of the important things that I teach people to do is to take careful note of clauses and propositions that have words that appear in the subjunctive mood. Here in Galatians 4:4-5, there is an important one.
Here Paul lays out the redemptive plan of God. At just the right time, when the fullness of the time had come, God sent Jesus, miraculously born, to bring redemption so that we might receive adoption into the family of God.
This simple subjunctive word — “might” — hits right at a false teaching called universalism, or sometimes referred to as “universal salvation.” There have been those that have preached that Christ’s death on the cross saves all humanity. And while it is true that Christ’s death, for our sins, does satisfy the righteous requirement of the Law, thus making salvation available to all sinners, it is only effectual for those that believe. Paul’s words in 1 Timothy 4 make this very clear.
For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
– 1 Timothy 4:10
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