I agree, but there are some out in the world of believers that take the word " many" to exclude the "all." What say you on this?
Ah yes, another weasel word! LOL. OK:Thoughts on the word "Many"
While it is true that the word "many" can exclude the "all", it is also true that the word "many" can include
the all. Consider this simple statement:There are many people in the world.
Now which people does the word many
refer to in this statement? ALL of the people in the world!
The word "many" simply means a "large amount", so the above statement is synonymous with saying there is a large amount of people in the world.
Consider another statement:A large amount of people will be saved.
This statement does not in itself specify whether all or less-than-all will be saved, just that a large amount will be. That large amount certainly could be all. Many carries the same weight and meaning as "large amount".
When we actually read Romans 5 we see this is what it is saying.
Romans 5:18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
So in fact the many does include the all (excluding Jesus Himself of course), simply because we know all were made sinners (called "the many"), likewise all will be made righteous (the same "the many").
Now lets consider this from a slightly different angle. Let us suppose God created a universe where there were only 4 or 5 people who ever existed. This would certainly be "few" people compared to the many people in our universe. So in this tiny universe, Jesus then comes to save the few. The few were made sinners in Adam, and the few will be made righteous in Christ. Is Jesus not going to save all in this tiny universe since Jesus is only saving the few? No. As you can see, the "few" is
That was a bit long-winded but I think I covered all the bases. Hope it made sense. Its really just untwisting what people think "many" means...