Universal Salvation: For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive Part Four
Just to recap the last paragraph. "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!"
The word for "everlasting" in this sentence is the same Greek word as "eternal" in this sentence: aionion, from aionios. You can not make one mean "eternal" and not the other. So how do you reconcile eternal punishment with eternal life, resulting with everyone having eternal life, that is life as God has it, with His nature, and free will?
The Greek word there for "punishment" is kolasin, from kolasis, and it can simply mean corrective punishment. That is, punishment that results in the person being corrected. But not only that, the adjective aionion, eternal, tells you something about the noun, which in this case is the corrective punishment. It tells you that the result of the correction will be permanent, or eternal. It is not saying that people are going to suffer eternally, and it is not saying that people are going to die eternally. It is saying that people are going to be corrected, and it is the correction that will be eternal. Correction is necessary for eternal life; without correction, perfection is impossible.
Now we come to a huge problem for people who do not believe in Universal Salvation. Look at this. At Luke 1:30-31 it says: "Then the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.' "
How is that a problem for people who do not believe in Universal Salvation? Because God is Universal Salvation.
Jesus, Greek: Iesous, corresponds to the Hebrew Joshua, or Jehoshua, which mean "Yahweh delivers" or "Jehovah is Salvation". Since God is the Ultimate, God as Salvation must be the Ultimate in Salvation. No less than the salvation of all is possible. God can not deal in less, because He is limited to perfection. Anything less would be less than perfect. The name "Jesus" tells you exactly what God is; He is Salvation. With God, salvation is total. End of Story. Jesus would not have been allowed to carry that name if it misrepresented God. Misrepresentation of the name would be deception. Deception is lying by implication; therefore both God and Jesus would be sinning.
When Jesus was given the name "Jesus", what God was really saying, is that there is no problem regarding eternal life that He can not deal with. When it is said that God will not save all, what is really being said is that God is not up to it, yet the name Jesus says He is. At 1 Timothy 2:6, speaking of Jesus, it clearly says, "Who gave Himself a ransom for all, (now watch this) to be testified (by all) in due time" (brackets ours). If, as it says, the ransom is for all, and it is that which is going to be testified or witnessed, the end result must be that all must witness it; so if all do not witness it, it makes the whole sentence a nonsense. If it were only to be witnessed by some, that the ransom was not for all, why has this, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, been written in the Bible? If the ransom for all turned out to be just a ransom for some, then God and Jesus would lose all credibility. Unlike us, God does not have the luxury of making one mistake. He only gets one go at it. That is because He only needs one go. He does not make mistakes. God is perfect. He is Universal Salvation.
If God is going to save only some, He is going against everything He stands for. What do you think it means when He had this recorded at Revelation 21:5? "Then He who sat upon the throne said, 'Behold, I make (you have no choice) all things new.' " Come on, it is getting ridiculous. Obviously, once again, most people take this to mean, 'Behold, I make some things new.' How many times can you teach exactly the opposite of what scripture says, and get away with it? And what about the Greek word for "new"?
The Greek word for "new" here, is kaina, from kainos, and it means new in quality. It is speaking of an upgrade for everyone. God, through Jesus, is making all things new in quality; which is only what His stated intention was in the first place. "Let Us make man in Our image." To make perfection from imperfection, He is only doing what He said He would do. Therefore, when He does it, it is no big deal, because, there was never a time when eternal life for all - that is life for all as God has it, with His nature and free will - has ever been in doubt.
"For as in Adam all die even so in Christ all shall be made alive." But God had to justify Universal Salvation, and that is something He could not do alone. After Jesus' death, and resurrection, He was given authority over all things, which means that He had the authority to take everyone up to Universal Salvation. God's intention is not to resurrect man to keep him in the condition Adam was in to start with. Adam never was perfect. What God had to do, was to justify taking man beyond where he has ever been - and that is up to perfection. Universal Salvation. God could not have done that without the help of someone else. "Let Us make man in Our image". And it is that help which will give everyone eternal life. In Christ all shall be made alive. "Made alive" not only means a resurrection for all, but because of Jesus and His anointing, it means that no one will ultimately perish, and at some stage, all will have eternal life. But it had to be justified.
"In that case, if Jesus was given authority over all things, with authority to take everyone up to Universal Salvation, Universal Salvation must already have been justified."
It was - it was justified at the cross.
"What! You mean God justified perfection for all at the cross?"
"How could He possibly have done that?"
Be sure to read our next article, "Universal Salvation! Is Jesus God?"
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