In our church, when anyone is teaching and comes across the word “all” in the Bible, they like to say, “All means all and that’s all all means.”
I really love it. If nothing else, it’s just fun to say! Go, on. Try it : )
But, on top of all of its catchiness, there’s so much truth in that little… jingle? catch phrase? saying? When the Bible says, “all,” it really means all to its full extent. There are no exceptions, exclusions, debarments, or rejections. All means all and that’s all all means.
As you read through these verses (which are only a sampling of the many powerful “all” verses in the Bible), really stop and reflect on that little word. It packs a lot of punch in only three letters.
1. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23
2. “For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.” -Romans 6:10
3. “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” -Matthew 5:18
4. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28
5. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” -Romans 8:28
6. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, -Matthew 28:19
7.”Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…” -Ephesians 3:20
As you probably noticed, most of these verses are from Matthew or Romans. In other words, these only scratch the surface! Our God is the God of all who loves all and has all power. What an amazing comfort!
And why did I call these verses mind-blowing and world-changing? From what we see and know of the world on our own, verses like these, verses that get at God’s heart for this world, just turn that image upside down and shake it. These verses tell us that we are destroyed by our own sin. They tell us that God sent a Savior to die for us all, with no exceptions. They tell us there is no sin too awful for forgiveness. They tell us that we can live differently, that we can view circumstances differently….
God’s view of “all” can change our lives, has changed the world, and blows my mind every day.