Paul is no less emphatic in his affirmation that Christ procured salvation for all mankind. This is seen in such passages as Romans 5:6, 12–21; 2 Corinthians 5:18–21; Colossians 1:20; and 1 Timothy 2:3–6.

Such emphasis is in keeping with the total tenor of the Scriptures. In Genesis 3:15 is the great and glorious leitmotiv or morningstar of the salvation of God.

Its promise is as comprehensive as the Fall and its consequences. Certainly the grace of God cannot be outdone by sin. Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. When the corruption of humanity reached a God-defying height and God “gave them up,”

God created a mediatorial people in the call of Abraham. A mediatorial nation, however, is not a people with a self-centered purpose. The cause of the call of Abraham will never be unraveled but the purpose of the call of Abraham is known. It is expressed in the familiar words, “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Five times this promise is stated to the patriarchs—to Abraham (Gen. 12:3; 18:18; 22:18), to Isaac (26:4), and to Jacob (28:13). The nations of the earth were never forgotten by the Creator of the world.

Roy B. Zuck, ed., Vital Missions Issues: Examining Challenges and Changes in World Evangelism (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Resources, 1998), 13.