Universal Salvation: The Holy Spirit Part Two
One of the most difficult things for everyone to understand is: how can God resurrect anyone from the lake of fire? After all, are they not the ones who refused to accept Jesus as their personal Saviour? And since there is no more sin and death, how can these sinners be brought back? Would they not sin and die again?
And really, the answer is quite simple: not if they are raised so that they can not sin and die again. In other words, not if they are raised incorruptible. In fact, if God wants to resurrect those in the lake of fire; since there can be no more sin or death, He has no option but to raise them incorruptible. That is the only way out of the lake of fire for everyone in there. If you want to believe in Universal Salvation, then you have to accept that those in the lake of fire must be raised incorruptible. Which, in the first instance, means restriction.
It is not a problem to God. He will already have done it for those in the first resurrection, on their way to perfection. And although the Holy Spirit did not have to be raised from the dead, He was programmed to be incorruptible anyway, and still taken to perfection. And one of the things pertaining to perfection, is freewill.
Think about it. Do you believe, that just by being given a resurrection, you are going to be different? Surely, if you were just brought back to life again, you would still be the same? What about Jesus' friend Lazarus? When Jesus said, "Lazarus, come forth", do you think he came out incorruptible? All evidence to the contrary: he died again. There is a big difference between being raised, and being raised incorruptible.
As we have already said, those in the first resurrection will be raised incorruptible, and can neither sin nor die again. That event takes place before the beginning of the one thousand year reign of Jesus. It is only a small harvest of firstfruits, foreshadowed by the Feast of Pentecost, known as "the Feast of Harvest" or "the Feast of Weeks," and also known as "the day of the firstfruits." They will be taken to heaven, and offered to God as firstfruits of the harvest. These are the ones who return to the earth to sit on thrones and rule with Jesus for a thousand years. Only a few find the "narrow gate" which leads to the first resurrection.
The major harvest resurrection, which consists of the majority of mankind, foreshadowed by "the Feast of Tabernacles," also known as "the Feast of Ingathering," will start at the beginning of the one thousand year reign of Jesus. And although they are redeemed from Adamic sin and death, they are not raised incorruptible. Which means that they will still be able to sin again, and also to die again. Any sin during the one thousand year period, will be due entirely to themselves, and not to Adam. The wages of sin is death. All in the symbolic lake of fire, the second death, will be there because of their own sin.
When resurrected, all in the lake of fire will have to be raised incorruptible, and programmed, as the Holy Spirit and those in the first resurrection will already have been.
"But what exactly do you mean by being programmed?"
Restriction and education, and education will remove restriction. When you are in receipt of a full understanding of the truth, it will set you free from restriction. When truth fills your heart you will never do what is wrong again.
Isaiah chapter 40 shows us something about God. If you look carefully, it shows you that God is a team player.
10 Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him... 12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance? 13 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, Or as His counselor has taught Him? 14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, And taught Him in the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, And showed Him the way of understanding?
And it is speaking of God.
But it is not just speaking of God alone. By implication, it is also speaking of two other members of the team. Jesus, the first Person to be taken to perfection; and the Holy Spirit, the second Person to be taken to perfection. Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the helping hands of God.
So when verse 10 says, "...the Lord GOD (YHWH) shall come with a strong hand…" His strong hand here is Jesus, who, Revelation 12:5 tells us, "...was to rule all nations with a rod of iron..."
It is speaking of God as the Person behind it, but it is speaking of Jesus as the means by which He will accomplish it.
And Isaiah 40:12, when it poses the question, "Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span...?", it is once again speaking of God as the Person behind it, but speaking of Jesus and the Holy Spirit as the means by which He accomplished it.
Many scriptures show the Holy Spirit taking part in creation. Job 26:13 is one example. There it says, "By His Spirit He adorned the heavens..." That is how God did it.
Psalm 102:25 says of God: "Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands." But Jesus and the Holy Spirit, as the hands of God, have been the ones who have, all along, been responsible for putting God's plans into action. Yes, He laid the foundation of the earth, but He used Jesus and the Holy Spirit to do it.
The point to all of this is that, although on the surface, Scripture can seem to be speaking of one person, it can, by implication, have more depth of meaning; it can also be speaking of others.
For instance, Isaiah 40:13 asks the question, "Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, Or as His counselor has taught Him?" That is speaking of God. But since these verses are not just addressing God, but by implication, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, once again, if you look below the surface, you can actually see Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
"Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD...?" The Hebrew word for "directed" there, is takan, and it is in the piel perfect. It means to weigh out, to balance. It means to regulate by weighing or measuring. In the piel stem, it is a caused regulation. And where the Holy Spirit is concerned, it means: put into a regulated or caused condition, by someone else. He was adapted to requirements.
Now, if you regulate a washing machine, you programme it. Or if you regulate a clock, you adjust it to be right. The Holy Spirit was programmed, or adjusted to be right.
And since John 1:3 tells us: "All things were made through Him (Jesus),and without Him nothing was made that was made" it was obviously Jesus who directed, or adjusted, the Holy Spirit.
Those in the lake of fire will also be adjusted to be right, at their resurrection. Once they have been adjusted, they will have full understanding of the truth, which in turn will set them free, with no restrictions. They will never sin or die again.
"But how do you know that the Holy Spirit has freewill of His own?"
1 Corinthians 12:8-11 says this: "8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills."
Look at the last three words: "as He wills." As the Holy Spirit wills. The Greek word there for "wills" is bouletai, from boulomai. This means that the Holy Spirit is exercising His own free will, and making His own schedule. It puts His own personal plan on the drawing board, which then has to be put into action - and on this occasion, by Himself.
With people like God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, working on behalf of everyone - even their enemies - the thought of any failure is totally indefensible.
Eternal sin and eternal death are illogical, given that the starting point, which is God, is perfection.
God can justify the redemption of everyone, both in the first and second deaths, on the grounds of the blood of Jesus, which is a perpetual sacrifice, once for all time. This means that Jesus' sacrifice was necessary only once, not that it will work only once.
He can justify taking everyone up to Universal Salvation, on the grounds that He has already successfully done it, with Jesus.
And He can justify raising everyone incorruptible, on the grounds that He has already proven that He can adjust someone to be incorruptible, and still give them freewill, taking them up to perfection. He has already successfully done this, with the Holy Spirit.
Every possibility has been covered. Nothing has been overlooked. Even Satan and the demons can be raised incorruptible, and full truth and understanding will set them free. The truth which will set everyone free, with no exceptions, is unlimited. Ethically, God has to provide everyone who has ever lived, both spirit and human, with full truth. It can not be denied Satan or the demons, and it is His responsibility to do that. Anything less would not be justifiably acceptable, and certainly would not be operating within the realms of agape love, let alone perfection.
Do you realise, that without Satan, there would be no Universal Salvation? And in actual fact, that Satan is a fourth member of the team?
"You mean God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and Satan, are all on the same team?"
"How is that possible?"
Be sure to read our next article, "Universal Salvation! Satan Part One"
Next article: Satan Part One