Universal Salvation: Is Jesus God?
No, He is not. Furthermore, it is an absolute impossibility for Him to be God. Without Jesus being a person in His own right, there is no justification for Universal Salvation. That is why people can only see as far as redemption. The result of which is total chaos, with a few attaining to eternal life, and others either being tortured in hell fire or eternally dead. Some even claiming the Trinity to be a complete mystery. With all these different doctrines being taught, no wonder people can not get to understand God - with many calling Him the hard God of the Bible.
It took one to justify redemption. It took two to justify Universal Salvation. And both were justified at the cross.
"Come off it. God does not have to justify anything."
Yes, He does. And do you know He has justified everything that He has ever done? Clever - because that covers His back in any given situation that could arise. It gives assurance, and removes doubt.
Deuteronomy 32:4 says this: "He (God) is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He." Well, quite honestly, anyone could say that - especially if they were far more clever than we are. If Satan can fool everyone - and he is not as clever as God - how much more easily could God fool everyone? No, God has to prove Himself to us - and wants to, for His own credibility.
That is why the inspired words at 1 Thessalonians 5:21 say: "Prove all things…" (King James Version). And The American Standard version says: "But examine everything carefully…" God is not afraid for you to examine Him. In fact, as has already been said in Article One, the Greek word for "prove" there, is from dokimazo, and it also means to approve. God wants you to approve of Him. He is not asking you to follow Him blindly. His credibility rating will stand any investigation you care to give Him. So when He said, in Deuteronomy, that all His ways are justice or just, meaning that He can justify everything that He has ever done, do not just accept it - prove it.
Here is the big question. Since God commissioned us to prove all things, how can we prove that God justified Universal Salvation?
God has told us to prove all things. Therefore, if the doctrine of Universal Salvation is correct, we should be able to prove it, should we not? What is more, according to God, it should be able to stand any amount of investigation as to its credibility. How can you prove things, and also approve of them, if what you are trying to prove is a mystery? Only an idiot would tell you to prove things that could not be proven.
There was only one thing necessary for God to create perfection! The ability to do so. If God had the ability to do so, then the end result was just a matter of procedure. If you want to prove something to someone, all you have to do, is to do it. Therefore, if God wants us to believe that He can create perfection, all He has to do is to show us that He can. That takes two people: God Himself, and a created being. And since God only gets one go, it would have to be the very first person that He created. No second chance. He either could, or He could not.
Proverbs 22:6 says: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Could God do that? And is it true? Once again, why say it, if it is not?
But to really prove that, His first creation would have to remain faithful under the most adverse conditions possible, even down to death. Otherwise, it would not be a proper test. Which meant that God would have to bring about the greatest adversary possible - Satan. And He would have to bring about an evil environment in which to place His first creation, and which would be brought about through Satan. Would God succeed, under these conditions, to create perfection? Remember, all it would take for God not to create perfection, would be one wrong thought from His first created child. Rather Him than me. I could not do it - but then, I do not have all understanding and all wisdom. But thankfully, God does.
God took His first created child, a spirit Person, the only one that He has ever personally created, trained Him in the way for him, and transferred His life into a human body, to prove Him under sinful conditions. If this spirit Person succeeded in remaining faithful, He would have the right to perfection. And every person who has ever lived, whether spirit or human, would have the right to perfection, on the basis that God could do it. God had to create someone with the end result being perfection, to justify it for all. If Jesus were God, that would not prove that He could create perfection.
And He did create perfection. Hebrews 2:10 says: "For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. With 1 Corinthians 15:45 saying this: "And so it is written, 'the first man Adam became a living being.' The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. "
"You mean I owe my eternal life to a spirit Person?"
Two, actually. Jesus and God.
At the cross, Jesus gave His life - a sacrifice, He had done no wrong - and gained eternal redemption for all. But far more than that happened at the cross. God proved Himself, by creating a Child who would not depart from His Father's way.
Can you remember those three little words that Jesus said as He was dying?
"…It is finished!"
The door to perfection was opened for all. Full truth became available, and Jesus was raised perfect. At the cross, God proved that He could create a person, with the end result being perfection. Jesus being created, guarantees Universal Salvation for all, because it means that God can, and has, already created perfection. What He has done for one, He will do for all.
"But, where does the Bible say that Jesus is a created being?"
Be sure to read our next article, "Universal Salvation! Jesus, The Firstborn Over All Creation. "
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