This was a message by J.Gresham Machen ( 1881-1937 ) . His text was 2 Cor.5:14,15 : For the love of Christ constrains us ; because we thus judge , that if one died for all , then were all dead , and that he died for all , that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves , but unto him which died for them , and rose again . I will give some fragments from his sermon . Well , I suppose our Christian brethren in other churches , our Christian brethren who are opposed to the Reformed faith , might be tempted to make that word " all " mean , in this passage , " all men " , they might be tempted to make it refer to the whole human race . They might be tempted to interpret the words , " Christ died for all men everywhere , whether Christians or not . " But if they are tempted to make it mean that , they ought to resist the temptation , since this passage is really a very dangerous passage for them to lay stress on in support of their view . In the first place , the context is dead against it . It is rather strongly against the view that " Christ died for all " means here " Christ died for all men ." All through this passage Paul is speaking not of the relation of Christ to all men , but of the relation of Christ to the church . In the second place , the view that " Christ died for all " means " Christ died for all men " proves too much . The things that Paul says in this passage about those for whom Christ died do not fit those who merely have the gospel offered to them ; they fit only those who accept the gospel for the salvation of their souls . Can it be said of all men , including those who reject the gospel or have never heard it , that they died when Christ died on the cross ; can it be said of them that they no longer live unto themselves but unto Christ who died for them ? Surely these things cannot be said of all men , and therefore the word " all " does not mean all men .