Q27: Are All People, Just as They Were Lost Through Adam, Saved Through Christ?

New City Catechism: Question 27


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Tim Keller, Founding Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, answers the question, "Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ?”


Romans 5:17 (ESV)

17For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question twenty-seven with the following answer: no, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith. Nevertheless God in His mercy demonstrates common grace even to those who are not elect, by restraining the effects of sin and enabling works of culture for human well-being.


Tim said not all people will be saved. Only those who follow Jesus receive salvation and will be raised by Christ on the last day. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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Jesus provides the way to salvation, but only those who trust Him and repent will be saved. God extends His grace to believers and also extends common grace to all humankind through cultural aspects such as art, music, and science. 


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Romans 5:17. Take a moment to reflect on your salvation. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of salvation, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Romans 5:17. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through the truth of salvation.



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