Universal Salvation: For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive Part Two
Just to recap the last two paragraphs: 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?"
How on earth can He not do that? You are selling Him way short. God can do anything that is possible to be done. He is not willing that any should perish, that is His purpose. God would hardly purpose something that He could not bring about. He does not have to look into a crystal ball to see what is going to happen: He can actually cause all things to happen, that He desires. Look at one of the things that He desires, at 1 Timothy 2:4.
The New King James version reads, "Who desires all men to be saved..."
The Amplified Version reads, "Who wishes all men to be saved..."
The New International Bible reads, "Who wants all men to be saved..."
But unfortunately, it makes it sound as if everyone being saved is something that God would like to happen, rather than something that He has planned to happen. And that is not so. That is not what this scripture is saying.
Man can have a desire, a wish, or a want - and it need never come about. But with God, whatever He desires, wishes, or wants, according to His purpose, always comes about, because He has something we do not have: the ability to cause whatever He desires, wishes or wants, to come about. It is called being in control.
Isaiah 46:10, speaking of God, says, "...My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure." The Hebrew word for "pleasure" there, is chephets, and among its meanings are pleasure, delight, desire, wish, want. When God says of Himself, "I will do all my pleasure," He is saying that whatever His desire, wish or want is, that is what will happen, because He can, and will, cause it to come about; so that when God says He desires, wishes or wants all to be saved, it is not just wishful thinking; it is sure to happen.
Look at what Isaiah 55:11 says: "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, (chaphets, the verb from which the noun chephets comes: it shall accomplish what I take pleasure in, what I desire, what I wish, or what I want) And it shall prosper (succeed, achieve: see The New American Standard Version and The New International Version) in the thing for which I sent it." Literally, it is saying this: "...It shall accomplish what I desire, wish or want, And it shall be caused to succeed (Hiphil Perfect) in the thing for which I sent it."
How will God cause what He desires, wishes, or wants, to succeed? Through His Anointed One, Jesus Christ. Isaiah 53:10 makes that very plain. Speaking of Jesus Christ (His Anointed One): "Yet it pleased the LORD (YHWH) to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure (chephets: desire, wish or want) of the LORD shall prosper (succeed) in His hand." So this is what it is saying: "And the desire, wish or want of the LORD shall succeed in His hand" (By the hand of Jesus).
So when God says that He desires, wishes or wants all to be saved, that can not fail to come about, because God has put what He desires, wishes or wants into the hands of Jesus; which is what Paul said, "...even so in Christ all shall be made alive."
A much more meaningful translation of 1 Corinthians 15:22, which will give you a much clearer understanding of what is being said, is this: "For as by Adam, (by means of Adam) all die, even so by Christ (by means of Christ) all shall be made alive." Yes, because His Father's will has been put into His hands, and His Father's will is for all to be saved.
Back to 1 Timothy 2:4 "who desires all men to be saved..." The Greek word for "desires" or wishes, or wants, in that scripture is qelei (thelei) from qelw (thelo), and it also means "to will". So you can also translate 1 Timothy 2:4 "who will have all men to be saved..." So now you have "He desires, wishes, wants, or will have, all men to be saved." The Greek verb that has been used, thelo, when speaking of God and His purposes, puts into action what God wills, and brings whatever He desires, wishes, or wants to a successful conclusion.
All being saved, then, is not just a wish of God; in accordance with His purpose, it will be successfully brought about by Jesus. You do not have a choice in that. Universal Salvation, Perfection; that is, living forever with life as God has it, with free will; can not fail.
Consider this also: "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive." The verbal analysis there of "shall be made alive" is that it is future passive, which means that someone is going to do it to you. That someone is Jesus. Once again, you have no choice. You are going to be raised from death, whether you are baptised or not. You are going to be raised from death, whether you believe in Jesus or not. You are going to be raised from death, if you have never heard of Jesus. And you are going to be raised from death, even if you are evil and fight against Him. "Even so in Christ (by Christ) all (not some) shall be made alive." All must be raised from the dead, no matter what happens to them afterwards. 1 Timothy 2:6 says: "...who gave Himself a ransom for all...". There are no conditions at all attached to that, as far as a resurrection is concerned.
John 5:28,29 says: "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth - those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation." If there are any conditions attached for us to be brought back, how come those who have never heard of Jesus are going to be resurrected? How come those who have done evil are going to be resurrected? How can that be? Because in Christ (by Christ) all shall be made alive. All right, so this scripture speaks of a resurrection for all. But does it speak of eternal life for all? Be sure to read next month's article, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive Part Three."