Universal Salvation: For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive Part Three
Just to recap the last part of the last paragraph: "Because in Christ (by Christ) all shall be made alive. All right; so that scripture speaks of a resurrection for all. But does it speak of eternal life for all?"
And you would all be disappointed, now, if it did not. That is because you are beginning to see that God is not someone with a magic wand, or someone without a mind; but Someone who is sensible, and who has taken steps to ensure that all created beings end up perfect, with eternal life. That is, living forever, with life as God has it, together with free will.
You would not think that one little scripture could say so much, would you? No wonder Satan has twisted it. He has taken a scripture that is so important to our understanding, and somehow, has got everyone to believe that it does not mean what it says. There is only one thing wrong with that: God has authorised His Son, Jesus, to lose no one; and He is not fooled. Now, if the One at the top is not fooled, Satan can do what he wants, but he will not stop Jesus from revealing to everyone His Father's plan of Universal Salvation. And he certainly can not stop Jesus from bringing Universal Salvation, as a reality, to everyone.
"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive."
Let us look at the word "Christ". The Greek word for "Christ" there, is tw cristw, and is from christos, which means "anointed". It is the equivalent to the Hebrew Mashiyach, "Messiah", anointed one.
When the anointing of a person comes from God it carries with it His authority. There have been many people who have been given authority from God to do things, and these have been known as anointed ones. The Septuagint translation of the Old Testament uses the Greek word "christos" more than forty times; often when speaking of priests, kings and prophets.
Aaron, the high priest, was God's anointed one (Leviticus 8:12), "…appointed for men in things pertaining to God…" (Hebrews 5:1) He was given authority in a certain area.
The kings of Israel were also anointed ones. Samuel, at 1 Samuel 12:3, says of Saul, "Here I am. Witness against me before the LORD and before His anointed (Septuagint 'christon')…" And David, speaking of Saul, said at 1 Samuel 26:11 "The LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the LORD's anointed (Septuagint 'christon')". David also spoke of himself as God's anointed one. 2 Samuel 23:1 reads, "Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, the anointed (Septuagint 'christon') of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel... "
The prophets were also "anointed ones". God ordered Elijah at 1 Kings 19:16 "Also you should anoint Jehu the son of Nimshi as king over Israel. And Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel Meholah you shall anoint as prophet in your place. "
Do you know that the title was also given, in prophecy, to the pagan king Cyrus? At Isaiah 45:1, it prophesied of Cyrus, "Thus says the LORD to His anointed, (Septuagint 'christo,' from christos) to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held - to subdue nations before him…" The title "anointed" was given to him, because he had an authority from God to do something on His behalf, in a certain area.
God has always worked His purpose through certain people, and Jesus is one of those people.
"Yes, but Jesus could work miracles". Only because He had the authority to do so. Anyway, what is new about that? There is nothing new about God authorising people to perform miracles. Others before Jesus, and after Him, had authority to perform miracles. Therefore, to have anointed ones was nothing new for God; just a necessary step, as a means to an end; and in the case of Jesus, part of the procedure in obtaining eternal life, perfection for all. Jesus is just One in a long line of anointed ones.
So being an anointed one of God was nothing new. What was new about the anointing that Jesus had, was in what it authorised Him to do. That is what is special about His anointing. Matthew 28:18 says this: "…All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth." Therefore, at this point, all power of authority, over all things, had been given to Jesus. His authority, or anointing, extended therefore, over the physical world of mankind; both the righteous and the unrighteous; and also over the spirit world of angels; Satan and the demons. So He had been given the power of authority to accomplish God's Plan, where both human beings and spirit beings were concerned. It authorised Him in the physical world, and it authorised Him in the spirit world.
What is God's Plan on the drawing board? His plan on the drawing board is for all to be saved, because He is not willing that any should perish.
As we have already seen at Isaiah 53:10, whatever the will, wish, desire or want of God is, shall succeed by the hand of Jesus. Why? Because that is the power of His anointing; that whatever the Plan of God is, Jesus now has the power of authority to carry it out. And God is not willing that any should perish. Just bear in mind one thing: that any failure is less than perfection. And anything less than a perfect plan can not be from God, because God is perfect. He is incapable of making any plan that ends with any failure.
Let us just go back to the statement, in Part Three, where we said, "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. "
Remember the part of the scripture we are discussing: "…even so in Christ (the Anointed One) all shall be made alive". Can Jesus do that? Does He have the right to do that? Judge for yourself. What did Matthew 28:18 say? " …All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth." Since Jesus has been given all power of authority in heaven and on earth, such is the authority that He has been given, that He has absolute authority, over everything. And if His authority is absolute over everything, He must have authority over you. Also, He must have authority over your will. If anyone is in a situation whereby they make a wrong decision, because of lack of understanding, Jesus then has the authority to intervene on that person's behalf. It also stands to reason, that if He has absolute power of authority over all things, He must have power of authority over angels, Satan, and the demons, to intervene on their behalf. He has power of authority over all unrighteous people. He has power of authority over sin and death. And eventually, He has all power of authority over every one receiving eternal life. So when God says that He is not willing that any should perish, how can they? He has anointed Jesus with the power of authority to make sure that His plan of Universal Salvation will not fail.
So it is not a question of: " Can Jesus bring every one to Universal Salvation?" The question is, " How can He not?"
At John 1:29, John the Baptist, speaking of Jesus, said, "…Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" Now as many of you know, the wages of sin is death; in other words, because of sin, we all die. "As in Adam all die". But because Jesus takes away sin, that leaves no more dying; only life. So in Christ (the Anointed One), all shall be made alive. You see, no sin - no death. What does Jesus take away? Sin, not people.
"Yes, but how can it mean that some will not perish, and everyone have eternal life, when the scripture says at Matthew 25:46 'And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.'?" Come on, answer that one!
Be sure to read next month's concluding article: "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive Part Four".