2 Corinthians 5:14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.

What is the logic here? What is the meaning of the word "therefore"?

Who are the "all"?

John 14:19 Because I live, you also will live.

2 Corinthians 4:10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

Jesus lives, therefore you live.
Jesus died for all, therefore all died.

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Good Q. There is a deep meaning to this that takes some time to realise - a lifetime! It's expressed through Rom 6:11.

Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

While we have been included in Christ's ascended life, made 'alive' in a whole new way, we must continue to plumb the depths of how we have died.

Sin had hold over us, as we could not do anything to be free from the penalty of death - ever! Paul wants us to understand that sin's hold is no longer. We are freed from being a prisoner to sin and death... through Jesus. To the point that Gal 2:20 expresses

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.

Any time we fall into old ways of sin, it is because we have lost sight of who we are in Christ. We have offered ourselves again to the law of sin and death - not that it has hold over us, but we have chosen, through carelessness or rebelliousness, to live out of the old man, not the new man in Christ.

An analogy would be the how Israel wanted to go back to the 'leeks and garlic of Egypt' rather than forge ahead to the new land. (Num 11)

We might picture it this way. We were chained to this world and law of sin and death. Jesus has smashed the chain - totally freeing us, but some of the links remain attached to our ankle. We can run as far as we like from the old, but the baggage (links) of who we were - slaves to sin, are an ever present reminder.

As we joyously consider the new life, let us also consider that it is only lived to the extent that we grasp how dead the old one is!

We look forward to our change - the remaining links have disappeared and we are finally like He is!


"logic" is not really in view here. Paul's argument in 2 Cor 5:14 is building up to what has become known as the great "divine trade" in 2 Cor 5:21, "God made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God."

This was necessary because of:

  • Rom 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God".
  • Rom 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. [The only way sin can be atoned for is by death but Jesus died on our behalf so that we do not need to eternally die.]

Paul expands on this idea in Rom 5:12-20, let us examine v19: For just as through the disobedience of the one man [Adam] the many were made sinners [by inheriting sinful ways], so also through the obedience of the one man [Jesus and His sacrifice] the many will be made righteous.

Lastly, while the Holy Spirit brings to and teaches us about Christ (John 16:13), it is Christ's love that motivates us to be like Christ, Heb 12:2, 3, 1 John 2:6, Rom 8:29, 12:1, 2. The characteristic of lovingness among the brethren is to be their distinguishing trait, John 13:34, 35, 15:12, 1 John 4:8, 11, 19, Eph 5:1, 2.

It is Paul's succinct sentence in 2 Cor 5:14 that summarises all these ideas:

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, therefore all died.


All is ALL. Every person since Adam is included in Christ's sacrifice.

Acts 10:43 All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name."

Acts 4:12 "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

1 Tim 2:3-4 ...'God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved...'

Sure it says, 'everyone who believes', God grants the gift of repentance, so if He doesn't want to lose one, we'll have to leave it up to Him to do what and when He chooses.

And 'therefore'... Saying the same thing from a different angle. Because Christ died for ALL men, ALL are included in Him, all are effectively dead to sin and (potentially) alive in Him too.

Rom 6:4 For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection

Another way of saying, Jesus' death is SO ALL encompassing (not just man, but all creation is redeemed in Him) that there is no way all are not covered by His sacrifice.


Great answers,

I would like to expound furthermore unto what has been said in:

2 Corinthians 5:14 “For the love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge: that if one died for all, then were all dead:”

Paul is also saying that if Jesus died, then that means all men have sinned, thus, one died for all. (Romans 3: 10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”) Only Christ was righteous (1 John 2:1 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” Furthermore, it is through Jesus that we are righteous by believing in him: (Romans 10:4 “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”) or ( Galatians 2:21 “I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”)

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