So it is totally possible then for people outside of the Church to be saved, or is it possible that all will be saved? Are there going to be some that will not be eligible for salvation?
It just seems like this part is pretty murky to me. AFAIK, being a member of the Orthodox Church you have a better chance at salvation than outside of it.
How about the "Every knee wil bow and confess Jesus as Lord" verse? Does that have anything to do with universal salvation for all?
Let me quote Met. Kallistos, who quotes St. Isaac and references St. Gregory (from page 262 of the new edition of The Orthodox Church): Hell exists as a final possibility, but several of the Fathers have none the less believed that in the end all will be reconciled to God....we must not despair of anyone's salvation, but must long and pray for the reconciliation of all without exception. No one must be excluded from our loving intercession. "What is a merciful heart?" asked Isaac the Syrian. "It is a heart that burns with love for the whole of creation, for humans, for birds, for the beasts, for the demons, for all creatures." Gregory of Nyssa said that Christians may legitimately hope even for the redemption of the devil.