Universal Salvation: The Holy Spirit Part One
Paul makes the most amazing statement at 1 Corinthians 15:52. "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." Just look at what it says: "…the dead will be raised incorruptible…"
If, as it says, the dead, here, are to be raised incorruptible, do you fully understand what that means?
Are you fully aware of the implications?
It means that anyone in this resurrection will not be the same coming out of death, as they were before they died. Something will have happened to them; they will be raised incorruptible. If they will be raised (future passive) incorruptible, then someone will have done that to them, and for them.
The Greek word there for "incorruptible" is aphthartoi, from aphthartos, and it means "not capable of corruption, imperishable". That is not just the body; it is everything pertaining to righteousness. It is no good having an imperishable body, but not a righteous mind to go with it. Spirit beings have imperishable bodies, but some still sin; look at Satan. The wages of sin is death. Satan has to lose the privilege of life. Just having an imperishable body, in itself, means nothing. Even though spirits can not die naturally, God can still cause their lives to cease. Jesus was originally a spirit, but He saw death.
Sin will cut life short every time. The wages of sin is death. But 1 Corinthians 15:53 says: "For this corruptible must put on incorruption…" And verse 54 tells us, that when this has happened, "…Death is swallowed up in victory." Since the ones raised here are raised incorruptible, death for them, will have been swallowed up forever.
If death is swallowed up in victory, then being raised incorruptible can not just mean the body, because when there is no more death, it is due to the fact that there is no more sin. Therefore being raised incorruptible must incorporate not being able to sin again. If they can not sin, that is restriction. Before they died they could still sin, except that their sin was covered by Jesus. Now they can not sin. That is enforced restriction, even down to their thoughts.
The ones raised, in 1 Corinthians 15:52, are of the first resurrection, and are the firstfruits of the harvest, which have to be offered to God. Revelation 20:6 says this about them: "Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years."
Did you see that? "…Over such the second death has no power…"
At Revelation 20:14, we are told exactly what the second death is. "Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." The lake of fire is the second death. Therefore the lake of fire is death a second time around, for some. But not for the ones in the first resurrection.
At their resurrection, these kings and priests of God and Christ have to be raised so that they can not sin (restriction) because they can not die any more. And, since the wages of sin is death, should they ever sin, they would, by God's own law, have to die. God has no choice but to raise them as they can not sin.
At Jeremiah 31:33, God made this promise: "…I will put my law in their minds, and write it on their hearts…" That is God intervening, taking control, which will eventually lead to Universal Salvation, eternal life for all.
Universal Salvation has always been God's plan; you have never had a choice as far as Universal Salvation is concerned. You have had freewill to make mistakes, but everyone's mistakes are due to lack of education and lack of understanding. No one's limited freewill has ever been allowed to get in the way of God's plan for mankind - thank goodness.
When Adam was created in the image of God, one of the abilities that he had was the ability to speak. He was given a language. Otherwise how could God have spoken with him? He was programmed to speak. And it is the same with those in the first resurrection; they will be programmed with further education, and a full understanding of truth. Once they exercise that full understanding, and personally agree with it, then, and only then, will they have total freewill. The restriction will be removed. Their full understanding of truth, and agreement with it, will have set them free. They will be incapable of making wrong decisions, for they are now like God.
"Well, how can you prove that?"
It has already been proven. We already have an example in the Bible of a person who has been programmed, and who is now perfect, with freewill.
"What! There is no example in my Bible."
In actual fact, there is: the Holy Spirit.
"But is not the Holy Spirit God? "
No, He is a person. A spirit person, the same as Jesus. Can you not remember what Jesus said at John 14:16,17? "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever - the Spirit of truth…"
Look! "…and He will give you another Helper…" The Greek word for "another" there, is allon, from allos, and means "another of the same kind."
"What does that mean - the same kind?"
The same kind as Jesus Himself, who was a spirit created being. If He is the same kind as Jesus, then He must also be a spirit created being. And since Jesus is the firstborn of all creation, and all other things came about through Him, then the Holy Spirit must have come about through Jesus.
"But is not the Holy Spirit eternal?"
Yes - but only since His creation. Jesus is now eternal, and one day, everyone will be eternal. But that does not mean that they have always lived. The difference between God and everyone else, is that God has always been eternal in the sense that He has always existed and always will; everyone else has not always existed. All other life has been brought into being by God, because He is the source of all life.
1 Timothy 6:16, speaking of God, says this: "who alone has immortality…" That is unique to God. It means that God alone possesses as His own, natural immortality. He is the only One who has always existed. He alone has had the privilege of always having lived.
Jesus is a spirit created person; the Holy Spirit is also a spirit created person: the life force coming from God Himself. In the first instance, neither Jesus nor the Holy Spirit had free will; mainly because only the truth can set you free, and full truth was not available when both were created. The difference between them is that one was trained by His Father, and in theory, until proven otherwise, could sin; whereas the other was programmed to be incorruptible, and could not sin at all.
"Yes, but Jesus could not really sin, could He? Because He was like God."
No, He could not. But until proven, there was a legal case against it.
When Jesus was resurrected, He was in receipt of full truth; and the full truth set Him free, to have full freewill of His own.
When Jesus was resurrected and taken to perfection, the Holy Spirit was in receipt of full truth. And the full truth set Him free, to have full freewill of His own. He no longer does things because He has to; He now has freewill, and does things because He wants to.
So now you have two perfect people. Both of the same kind, both think alike, both think like God, and both are now free with their own freewill. The astounding thing here is that they were both taken up to perfection in two different ways. God can programme you to be incorruptible, with further education, and a full understanding of truth. And it is this which will set you free, and give you freewill. All will one day have to be in Jesus to get there, and the decision to accept full truth will be yours. And when you reach that point, you will be free, incapable of making wrong decisions, because you have all understanding; knowing absolutely that righteousness, the standard of which is God, is the only way.
Isn't it the greatest message you have ever heard?
"Yes, but how do you know that the Holy Spirit has freewill of His own?"
Be sure to read our next article: "Universal Salvation! The Holy Spirit Part Two."
Next article: The Holy Spirit Part Two