Universal Salvation: That to Me every knee shall bow
Can you see what that says? It does not say some shall bow; it does not say 90% shall bow; it says "that to Me every knee shall bow." Read the scripture for yourself. Isaiah 45:23 "I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath."
Yes, but what does it mean? It means that the word of God will not return without doing what it set out to do. The result being that every knee shall bow and that every tongue shall take an oath. That is 100% success.
The Hebrew word for "oath" is shaw-bah and it means to pledge allegiance to. Every person who has ever existed will bend their knee to God, and pledge allegiance to Him. If you bend the knee to someone, that shows honour and respect. If you pledge allegiance to someone, that shows loyalty. Why would people being tormented in hellfire want to show God honour, respect and loyalty? Supposedly they are only there in the first place, because that is what they would not do. And how can all show God honour, respect and loyalty, if some are eternally dead? It does not make sense.
David said at Psalm 145:21 "My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD, (YHWH) and all flesh shall bless His holy name." The Hebrew word for "bless" there is baw-rak, and it means to bend the knee, as an act of adoration. Who will bless His holy name? Who will bend their knee as an act of adoration? All flesh.
Why would all flesh bend their knee to God in an act of adoration, and pledge allegiance to Him? Because at that time, as his name YHWH (He causes to become) indicates, He is the cause of everyone having eternal life. That is living forever, with life as God has it. He has satisfied the desire of every living thing. Universal Salvation. Would you not honour the Person who had done that for you? You would, and you will. And what is more, you will do it because you want to do it, and not because you are made to do it.
I would like very much to tell you at this point, that God is going to give every one absolutely every thing that they have ever dreamed of. But I am sorry I can not do that, because that would be a lie. The reality is that God is going to give you far more than you could ever dream of. There is no one like God (YHWH). 1 Corinthians 2:9 says that "...Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." You can not begin to know the wonderful life that God has made possible for you. It is already yours; you are all going to have it - every last person who has ever existed. Nothing can stop it. The plan of God for everyone is Universal Salvation, and it can not fail.
You might say, "Well, now you are going beyond what the scripture says, because it definitely says that those things are prepared for those who love Him." Well done; it does. But you see, God is love, and the full scope of love is that love is active and passive. For example, God loves - active; that is where God personally is doing the loving. God is loved - passive; that is where someone else is doing the loving. Love is incomplete unless it is both. Therefore if God is loving and not being loved in return, you have a problem, because God says that love never fails. So if love never fails, and love is both active and passive, what has to happen for that to be true, is that when God actively loves, it has to bring a passive response, whereby those whom God loves, in return love Him. That is clearly seen from the scripture at 1 John 4:19 where it says, "We love Him because He first loved us." Active love has a return.
Therefore, if our love for God is assured on the grounds of Him first loving us, then every one who has ever existed will one day love God, who so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. So if He loved the whole world, that is everyone, then one day the whole world will love Him. Cause and effect.
And if, as 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, those things are prepared for those who love Him, that will be everyone. Every knee shall bow, and every tongue will swear allegiance to Him. Universal Salvation.
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