I read in 2 Corinthians 5:20 the words: "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God" (NKJV) Ardnt and Gingrich, in their Greek lexicon render the Greek for "pleading", by: "I beg of you". My question here is. With whom is Paul pleading with to be reconciled to God? Surely it is not the elect? There is no indication in the passage that he was writing to believers who had strayed from the Way. The whole tenor of the passage deals with the preaching of the Gospel, and the Salvation of the lost. Why would God need to "plead" with the "elect" to be reconciled to Him, seeing that this is bound to happen, since indeed they are the elect? Surely, this is a very clear statement that the Good Lord "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" ( 1 Timothy 2:4). I really can't see any other way in taking the passage in 2 Corinthians. It can only be a plea to the whole world, that is everyone without exception, to accept the offer of Salvationm, that is through Jesus Christ alone!