“The whole issue [universalism] is misunderstood if it is argued in terms of the mathematical completeness of the number of the saved, conceiving them as an unacountable number of individual souls. The universalism of the Bible will not be understood if we are thinking in terms of a multitude of spiritual monads and asking about the destiny of each one conceived as a separate individual. The universalism of the Bible consists in this: it shows us that God’s saving purpose is addressed to the whole of his work in creation and to the human person, who has his real being only in his participation in this whole work. Salvation is a making whole and therefore it concerns the whole.
This means, in terms of my own spiritual life, that I am never permitted to think of my own salvation apart from that of God’s whole family [church] and God’s whole world [mission].” (Lesslie Newbigin, The Open Secret: An Introduction to the Theology of Mission, p. 80)