Does “all” mean all?

We ate dinner at Subway last night.  Rachel and I both enjoy their subs and the health value compared to many fast food places.  We ordered our usual – 2 6″ subs, one veggie one turkey, both with all the veggies except jalapeños and banana peppers.

I was surprised to find out that “all the veggies” doesn’t actually mean ALL the veggies.  Both times the sandwich artist skipped right over the spinach.  Both times I asked for spinach, too, and both times she obliged without question or dirty look.

I called the main office of the local owner-operator and was told that spinach is a “premium vegetable;” that it does not cost more, but must be asked for specifically.

This got me thinking of what God offers us with eternal life.  Is it ALL included, or do you suppose there are premium ingredients that God expects us to ask for specifically?

4 thoughts on “Does “all” mean all?

  1. Are you asking if we have to ask specifically for Grace (either by way of a prayer or by accepting Jesus or repenting or “receive” some other act), in order for Grace to be present in our lives?

    It seems to me that Grace is more like air. You did not ask for it, you cannot live without it for very long, you cannot earn it, it is equal to all people, and no one has exclusive rights to it. Also it is not much of a choice, if you want it or not we are stuck with a dependence upon it. That last line might undercut free will to some degree but that is a topic for another day.

    On an unrelated note, I found this post oddly convicting and humorous.

  2. Like other words, “all” finds its meaning in terms of particular usages in particular linguistic and communal settings.

    As to whether God doesn’t give some things unless we ask for them, my answer is “probably.”

  3. I get the spinach on mine every time, and get just about all the veggies, but I have always asked for them one at a time. I find the ‘artist’ doesn’t skimp as much if I do that…

    Also, seriously?! No banana peppers?? You are really missing out on a treat. They are great on the Subways, and they are healthy too.

  4. The Church of the Nazarene would say yes there are certain things you have to specifically ask for. This Wesleyan denomination’s theology contends that salvation and sanctification are two different things. While I would agree that receiving God’s grace at salvation is not the end of the journey, I’m not convinced it is so cut-and-dried as all that.

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