Universal Salvation: For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive Part One
Let us read it. 1 Corinthians 15:22 says: "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive." Read what it says very carefully, because it tells you, very plainly, God's plans for everyone.
How very clever Satan is. What he has people believing this scripture to mean, is incredible. As impossible as it seems, he actually has everyone believing that this scripture does not mean what it says. And yet it is not difficult to understand - "For as in Adam all die, (that is everyone) even so in Christ all shall be made alive" (and that is everyone). Now if that is not a big enough feat in itself, to get all of us to believe that this scripture does not mean what it says, Satan adds insult to injury in the way that he has done it. Do you realise that he has everyone believing that the first part of the scripture is correct, but the second part is incorrect? He has everyone believing that the first "all" really does mean all, but the second "all" only means some. I mean, is he good at what he does, or is he good?
Satan is the master of illusion, and the ultimate evil. And, fair play to him - or in his case, unfair play - he has done his job very well. No one can say that Jesus did not have a worthy opponent. Both are the best in their own fields. It is just that ultimate good will always overcome ultimate evil. If that were not so, there is no way possible that God could have allowed evil in the first place. That would have brought eternal chaos - and God is a God of order.
So here is the result of Satan's illusion. The Bible says "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive." But this is what Satan has every one believing: "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall not be made alive."
If, incredibly, you do not believe that scripture means all shall be made alive, then you will not believe this one also. It says at 1 John 4:14: "And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Saviour of the world." He either is the Saviour of the world, or He is not. If you believe He is not the Saviour of the world, once again, you have to translate that scripture to say, "and we have seen and testify that the Father has not sent the Son as Saviour of the world, but only as Saviour of some of the world..." And that is not what it says. Can you see what is happening? Satan has twisted our understanding of scripture to make us believe the opposite of what is being said.
Now if you were about to enter a field, and a military man came up to you and said, "Do not go in there - it is a minefield" - what would you do? You would not go in there, because you know you would get blown up - and you understand what being blown up means.
On first appearances, the garden of Eden seems to be Paradise: it fools everyone even today. The bottom line is that it was not Paradise. There was a serpent in it. A deadly serpent called Satan. Remember the minefield? Death was there. It was also there in the garden of Eden, and the wisest Person in the universe informed Adam and Eve about it. Genesis 3:1-3 says, "Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, 'Has God indeed said, "You shall not eat of every tree of the garden"?'
And the woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, "You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die." ' "
Yes, death was there. The garden of Eden was a minefield. And God warned them. There was only one problem with that; they did not understand the consequences. They went ahead and disobeyed God; something they would never have done, had they fully understood what was going to happen.
So who was responsible? Was it Adam? Was it Satan? Or was it God? Well, certainly, Adam and Eve did not have a clue as to what was happening. They could not be held responsible for something they could not fully understand. And Satan was there for the purpose of leading them astray, to make full truth available. So if he was employed as part of God's plan, then he could not be held responsible. He was only doing his job. Therefore, the only logical conclusion is that God was responsible for man's controlled fall in Eden, and therefore, is also responsible for the controlled reversal of that fall.
Because Adam, as the father of us all, had sinned and was under penalty of death, that is all he could pass on. That is why we all die. Exactly as the scripture says: "...as in Adam all die," - and we personally have no choice in that. You do not die of your own freewill, do you?
And since we never had any choice in dying, then God also has no choice in reversing it, because He is not willing that any should perish. And He tells us, quite plainly, that He will reverse it. "Even so in Christ all shall be made alive." And we do not have any choice in that, either. Adam had only death to pass on. Jesus has only life, as God has it, to pass on. Perfection. Universal Salvation. The receiving of eternal life, that is, living forever with life as God has it, with freewill, to God is just a simple matter of educating us, and imparting a complete understanding of all things. But eternal life can not be received until we have been taught by God, through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and until we do have a complete understanding of all things. Adam and Eve did not have a complete understanding. But one day, they will.
As was said in the last article, there is no such thing as people who will not change. We are going to have eternal life whether we want it or not. And we are where we are today, because our education and understanding are incomplete. "Do you mean to say that God can teach absolutely everyone, no matter how they have lived?"
He can. "Well, how on earth can He do that?" Be sure to read our next article, For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive Part Two.