Mark 1:37 (KJV)
And when they had found him,
they said unto him,
All men seek for thee.
From other translations:
And they found Him and said to Him, Everybody is looking for You. [AMP] and they found him and said to him, "Everyone is looking for you." [ESV] They found him and said, "Everybody's looking for you." [MSB] and when they found him, they exclaimed: "Everyone is looking for you!" [NIV] They said, "Everyone is asking for you." [NLT] When they found Him, they said to Him, "Everyone is looking for You." [NKJV]
Now let us see what this verse is telling us.
And when they had found him
Evidently after some search.
They said unto him, All men seek for Thee
By this time, “the multitudes” would have arrived. Who, according to Luke (Luke 4:42), “sought after Him” and who, on going to Peter’s house, and there learning that Peter and a few more were gone in search of Him, had set out on the same errand.
They came unto Him and did not want Him to depart from them ( Luke 4:42 ).
They were now urging Him to return to their impatient townsmen.
Spurgeon’s clarification on the meaning of “all.”
Now, beloved, when you hear anyone laughing or jeering at a limited atonement, you may tell him this. General atonement is like a great wide bridge with only half an arch; it does not go across the stream: it only professes to go half way; it does not secure the salvation of anyone.
Now, I had rather put my foot upon a bridge as narrow as Hungerford, which went all the way across, than on a bridge that was as wide as the world, if it did not go all the way across the stream.
I am told it is my duty to say that all men have been redeemed, and I am told that there is a Scriptural warrant for it—“Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” Now, that looks like a very, very great argument indeed on the other side of the question.
For instance, look here. “The whole world is gone after him.” Did all the world go after Christ?
“Then all Judea went and were baptized by him in Jordan.” Was all Judea, or all Jerusalem baptized in Jordan?
“You are of God, little children,” and “the whole world lies in the wicked one.” Does “the whole world” there mean everyone? If so, how was it, then, that there were some who were “of God?”
The words “world” and “all” are used in some seven or eight senses in Scripture; and it is very rarely that “all” means all people, taken individually.C. H. Spurgeon Sermon No. 181, New Park Pulpit, Vol. 4, p. 135,136.
The words are generally used to signify that Christ has redeemed some of all sort — some Jews, some Gentiles, some rich, some poor, and has not restricted his redemption to either Jew or Gentile.
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