A SOUND BIBLICAL
Just briefly the doctrine of UNIVERSALISM teaches that eventually ALL of mankind will be saved.
The question that we will cover in this study in God's word is “Is the teaching of Universalism a SOUND BIBLICAL teaching base upon the WHOLE word of Almighty God?”
So then, let us begin this study in God's word by taking a closer look at the verses of scriptures that are used to support the teaching of Universalism that basically states that ALL of mankind will one day be saved. In other words, Universalism teaches that not even ONE human being will either suffer in the lake of fire for all eternity as some teach, NOR as others teach will even ONE person be DESTROYED or ANNIHILATED in the lake of fire where they cease to exist and shall be no more, BUT RATHER, ACCORDING to the doctrine of UNIVERSALISM, ALL of mankind will be RECONCILED back to God and receive eternal life to live with God in his kingdom for all eternity and not even ONE person will be lost. And here is one of the main verses they quote to support their teaching as being Biblical. Please read Colossians 1:20 which says,
So then, is the Bible teaching here that this phrase “TO RECONCILE ALL THINGS unto himself” means that ALL of mankind will be saved and receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come and live forever with God? In other words, does this word “RECONCILE” mean the salvation of ALL of mankind where each and every human being that has ever been born or will be born shall receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come to live with God for all eternity? Now according to those who teach Universalism this is the way that they INTERPRET this verse to mean.
But again is this a SOUND BIBLICAL interpretation of this verse in the light of the WHOLE word of God?
As I have said many times any verse when viewed ALONE and APART from the WHOLE word of God may SEEM to be saying something that it is NOT truly saying, and even more so when someone has dogmatically taught you that this is the ONLY way for that verse to be understood. Please keep in mind that the first rule of interpretation is to KEEP the verse in question and then COMPARE scripture with scripture in order to see if there are any CONTRADICTIONS with the rest of Gods word.
So then, let us KEEP this verse in the CONTEXT of where it is found to learn what it is truly teaching us.
Please read Colossian 1:20-23 which clearly and plainly teaches us that our receiving the end of our salvation is CONDITIONAL upon our CONTINUING in the faith.
22. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
23. IF you CONTINUE in the FAITH grounded and settled, and BE NOT MOVED AWAY from the HOPE of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;”
In other words, PEACE has been made between Almighty God and mankind by the shed blood of Jesus whereby there has been made a way to RECONCILE whosoever not only initially believes the preaching of the gospel, but also CONTINUES in the faith being rooted and grounded so that they are NOT MOVED AWAY from the HOPE of the gospel, which is to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.
Another way to say this is that the WHOLE word of Almighty God teaches us that we are BEING saved, as in, our salvation is a CONTINUAL PROCESS that must be carried out to the END in order to be found worthy to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. Verse 23 in the CONTEXT of being RECONCILED clearly and plainly teaches us a CONDITION of being RECONCILED, which is to CONTINUE in the FAITH and to NOT BE MOVED AWAY from the HOPE of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let us now COMPARE this with some other passages of scripture to see if this is in fact what the WHOLE word of God teaches us. Please read Ephesians 2:11-19, where we see this same word “RECONCILE” used to teach us that we have been brought into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God by the cross or by the sacrifice Jesus made for us to make PEACE with God the Father.
“Wherefore remember, that YOU being in time past GENTILES in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision BY that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;(in other words, those of the circumcision, the Jews, considered the GENTILES to be WITHOUT GOD having NO HOPE.)
12.That at that time (referring to the time before you BELIEVED the gospel of Jesus Christ) YOU were WITHOUT Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having NO HOPE, and without God in the world:19. Now therefore YOU are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”
So then, Jesus paid the price that made PEACE with God and mankind therefore making it possible for WHOSOEVER BELIEVES to be brought into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God the Father. To say this another way by the shed blood of Jesus there is no longer JEW and GENTILE in the sight of God. ALL of mankind is welcome to have access to God because of the blood of Jesus. The way has been cleared to be RECONCILED to God, but in order for this RECONCILIATION to take place is for each and every person to come to God on their our free will. In other words, Almighty God himself CHOSE to save those of mankind that BELIEVE the foolishness of the PREACHING of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Plain and simple if one does NOT BELIEVE in Jesus, then they REMAIN under the CONDEMNATION of their sin and shall PERISH. This is what the WHOLE word of God teaches us about what it means to be RECONCILED to God.
Now I want you to take a look at 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, where we learn that WE as Christians are all given the MINISTRY of RECONCILIATION whereby we have become Ambassadors of Christ, his representative to PREACH his gospel in order to RECONCILE all who will accept and BELIEVE that Jesus died for their sins so that they could be brought back into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God and be free from the bondage of sin.
18. And all things are of God, who has RECONCILED US to himself by Jesus Christ (meaning ALL things are of God concerning those of US who are IN Jesus Christ), and has given to us the MINISTRY of reconciliation;21. For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, Almighty God himself CHOSE as a MEANS by which to RECONCILE or SAVE mankind was by the foolishness of PREACHING the gospel and it is ONLY those of us who BELIEVE this gospel enough to FOLLOW and OBEY the teachings of Jesus CONTINUING in the FAITH being rooted and grounded in the HOPE of the gospel to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come that we will never be MOVED AWAY from this HOPE of the PROMISE of ETERNAL LIFE. Please read 1 Corinthians 1:18-21, which clearly teaches us that some will PERISH, because the preaching of the gospel is FOOLISHNESS to them and therefore the REJECT it by NOT believing the gospel, while others like US do BELIEVE the gospel and IF we CONTINUE in the faith we shall obtain eternal life in the world to come.
“For the PREACHING of the cross is to them that PERISH foolishness; BUT unto US which are saved (or unto US who BELIEVE the gospel and have been brought back into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God or RECONCILED to God) it is the power of God.21. For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew NOT God, it pleased God by the foolishness of PREACHING to save (or to bring back into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God) THEM that BELIEVE.”
So then, Colossians 1:20, the verse in question, when viewed in the light of the WHOLE word of God is speaking of those of US who are IN Jesus Christ as being the ones who are RECONCILED to God. Let us go back and read this verse in it's CONTEXT once again and play close attention to WHOM is being spoken of as the subject in this passage of scripture.
“And, having made PEACE through the blood of his cross, by him TO reconcile all things unto himself (clearly showing us that this reconciliation is a continuing process where the ALL THINGS is speaking of all of mankind who BELIEVE the WORD of RECONCILIATION through the PREACHING of the GOSPEL); by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
22. In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:(this is the goal or end result of those who accept Jesus as their savior by believing the gospel)
23. IF you CONTINUE in the FAITH grounded and settled, and BE NOT MOVED AWAY from the HOPE of the gospel, (and this is the CONDITION that must be met to bring about the goal or end result to obtain eternal life in the world to come) which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a MINISTER; (speaking of a minister of RECONCILIATION)”
So you see my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ, the SUBJECT of ALL THINGS that are being RECONCILED to God is the YOU speaking of those who BELIEVE the gospel of reconciliation. We can see that this is in fact what this verse means by continuing to read the book of Colossians on into chapter three. Please read Colossians 3:5-11, where again we see the meaning of Christ is ALL and in ALL being that being ALL and in ALL as referring to BELIEVERS.
“Mortify therefore YOUR members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Please notice in verse 11 the word “WHERE”, which is identifying the place where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is ALL and IN ALL. The WHERE is speaking of THOSE who have put on the NEW MAN, meaning those who are IN Jesus Christ who has put OFF the old man and his deeds of sin that Christ is ALL and IN ALL. Clearly the word of God teaches us that Jesus Christ is NOT IN the wicked sinner who REJECTS the preaching of the gospel or who has not yet heard the gospel of reconciliation. Te WHOLE word of God teaches us that YES, Almighty God has indeed paved the WAY by which WHOSOEVER of ALL mankind who BELIEVES this gospel of reconciliation may RECEIVE forgiveness of all their past sins and be brought back or RECONCILED to a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God.
However, this does NOT mean that ALL of mankind will eventually be RECONCILED to God. Clearly the WHOLE word of God teaches us that some of mankind will NOT accept or BELIEVE the gospel and because they REJECT God's love of reaching out to them they will REMAIN under their condemnation of sin and PERISH in the lake of fire on the day of judgment UNLESS they REPENT of their sins and TURN from their wicked ways and endure unto the END in order to be saved.
Another popular verse used by those that teach UNIVERSALISM is where the Bible teaches us about the RESTITUTION of ALL THINGS, which they INTERPRET to mean that one day Almighty God will RESTORE every single individual who has ever been born or who shall be born back to the perfect condition that he or she was created. Please read Acts 3:21, which says,
Again any verse when viewed ALONE and APART from the WHOLE word of God may SEEM to be saying something that it is not truly saying. Therefore we must INTERPRET this verse in the light of it's CONTEXT to see it it TRULY means that each and every individual person will be RESTORED back to the perfect condition that they were created as those who teach UNIVERSALISM CLAIM that this is what this verse means.
Please read Acts 3:13-23
“The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus; whom you (speaking to the JEWS) delivered up, and DENIED him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.23. And it shall come to pass, that EVERY soul, which will NOT HEAR that prophet, shall be DESTROYED from among the people.”
So then, right here is the same CONTEXT we clearly see that those who DO NOT HEAR this man Jesus and REJECT his teachings shall be DESTROYED from among the human race. Therefore the RESTITUTION of ALL THINGS cannot possible mean that ALL of mankind will one day RESTORED to the perfect condition that they were created, NOR can this verse mean that ALL of mankind shall eventually one day be saved and given eternal life to live with Almighty God forever and ever.
Well then, what is the true meaning of this verse then? First of all I want to draw your attention to the word “WHEN” in verse 19 and notice that it is referring to WHEN our sins will in actual TRUTH be BLOTTED OUT for good never again to be remembered.
“19. REPENT you therefore, and be COVERTED, that your sins may be blotted out, WHEN the times of refreshing SHALL come from the presence of the Lord;
20. AND he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21. Whom the heaven must receive UNTIL the TIMES of RESTITUTION of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”
You see my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ, it is AT the SECOND COMING of Jesus that those who are found to be IN Christ, both the DEAD IN Christ and those of us who are ALIVE at his coming shall be CHANGE from mortal to IMMORTAL and the SECOND DEATH has no power over us. But until that DAY of his coming any one of us can be DECEIVED by the deceitfulness of sin and be MOVED AWAY from the HOPE of the gospel. This is why we are WARNED so many places in scripture to take heed and hold fast to the profession of our faith that no man TAKE our crown of life from us. For a deeper understanding of what we must do to be saved and obtain eternal life in the world to come please read the studies “HOW CAN I BE SAVED” and “Does the Bible teach that once we are saved then we are always saved?”, but for now back to the study at hand.
Secondly I want to draw your attention to the word “TIMES”, which is in the PLURAL meaning that the RESTITUTION of ALL things will BEGIN at the SECOND coming of Jesus or more precisely the restitution of all things will take place DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus when Satan is bound in the bottomless pit so that he cannot DECEIVE the nations during this 1000 year span of TIME. Then at the end of the 1000 years Satan will be loosed for a little season to DECEIVE the nations one final time and when those of the nations who have been DECEIVED by the Devil to make war with God's people, then God shall send fire from heaven down upon them to DEVOUR them. Then after the JUDGMENT and all the WICKED are cast into the lake of fire to be DESTROYED, to be DEVOURED. To be CONSUMED, to be BURNED UP, to be turned into ASHES, to be NO MORE forever, then God will CREATE a NEW HEAVENS and a NEW EARTH wherein ALL shall be RESTORED back to God's way of RIGHTEOUSNESS with no more death, no more sorrow, no more sickness, and no more WICKEDNESS.
This is what the RESTITUTION of ALL THINGS means in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. In other words, YES, God is going to RESTORE things to the way they were before SIN enter into the world and all those who have been found WORTHY shall be given the RIGHT to the TREE of LIFE to live forever with God for all eternity. But again this does NOT mean that ALL of mankind will eventually be saved and granted the RIGHT to the TREE of LIFE. Please read Revelation 22:14,15 which CLEARLY and PLAINLY teaches us the it is ONLY those who KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God who shall be given the RIGHT to partake of the TREE of LIFE and live forever.
“Blessed are THEY that DO his commandments, that THEY (speaking of ONLY THEY who DO or KEEP the commandments of God) may have RIGHT to the tree of LIFE, and may ENTER in through the gates into the city.15. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie.”
The whole word of God teaches us that ALL the WICKED shall be cut off, cast out, slain, and then ultimately DESTROYED in the lake of fire at the end of the age.
For most of you this should be enough scriptural evidence to prove to you that the doctrine of UNIVERSALISM is a FALSE teaching, but for some that may still have doubts let us continue to take a closer look at the verses used to try and support this teaching that eventually someday ALL of mankind will be SAVED and receive eternal life where NO ONE will be neither DESTROYED nor suffer in the lake of fire for all eternity.
Now I personally do NOT believe in the DOCTRINE of ETERNAL TORMENT and TORTURE in flames of FIRE for ALL ETERNITY as some FALSELY teach. Rather I believe that the whole word of God clearly teaches that ALL the WICKED shall be DESTROYED at the end of the age after they are raised from the dead to stand before the JUDGMENT of God.
Anyway let us continue with the arguments used to support Universalism.
First of all I want you, the reader, to pay very close ATTENTION as to how those who teach Universalism only use PARTIAL passages of scripture mixed with human emotion to build their doctrine. They also base some of their conclusions upon other already accepted but none the less FALSE teachings. In other words, some of you may read some of their points and may agree with them because you were taught some of the same things that they base their argument on. For example we all know that it is God's WILL that ALL men be saved. This clear FACT is without a doubt found in scripture, which we will take a look at momentarily. But then this clear undeniable TRUTH of God's word is then MIXED with a MISCONCEPTION that comes from the teaching of man, which are NOT soundly based upon the whole word of God, but yet are widely accepted as being the TRUTH. In other words, one of these MISCONCEPTIONS is that since God is ALL POWERFUL and it is his WILL for ALL man to be saved, then it is IMPOSSIBLE for even ONE single individual to be LOST. Therefore ALL of mankind will eventually be SAVED.
Let us now take a closer look at what the word of God ACTUALLY teaches us about his WILL for all men to be saved. Please read 1 Timothy 2:4, which is used by those who teach Universalism to show that since it is God's WILL for ALL men to be SAVED, then ALL men must therefore eventually be SAVED, because God's word save that he will do ALL his PLEASURE as foretold in Isaiah 46:10
1 Timothy 2:4
“Who will have ALL men to be SAVED, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth”
So then, those that teach Universalism conclude from these two verses that since God is God and it is his WILL that ALL men be SAVED and he will DO ALL his PLEASURE, then ALL men will without fail be SAVED, because God is NOT a man that he should LIE.
Now to those who do not go to the word of God for themselves in order to see if what they are being taught is indeed the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God, then they could easily be DECEIVED by such teaching as this, because on the SURFACE it appears and sounds logical.
However, if we KEEP these verses in their CONTEXT of where they are found and then COMPARE scripture with scripture to see if the INTERPRETATION we arrive at AGREES with the REST of God's word we will find that this conclusion that is drawn by Universalism does NOT AGREE with the WHOLE word of God.
Here is 1 Timothy 2:4 left in it's context and then compared to another like verse in found 2 Peter 3:9. Please read 1 Timothy 2:1-4, where we are exhorted to pray for all men so that we can live in peace.
1 Timothy 2:1-44. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
Granted, one may interpret this passage of scripture to mean that we should pray for ALL MEN to be come to the knowledge of the TRUTH and be SAVED, but is this INTERPRETATION the true meaning or is the true meaning of this verse to pray for all men so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For you see it is much easier to preach the gospel when people are not trying to kill you for warning them of God's wrath that will come upon those who reject Jesus as their savior.
Now let us COMPARE this verse with a similar one found in 2 Peter 3:9, which clearly teaches us that God is NOT willing the any should PERISH, but rather that ALL men come to REPENTANCE, for you see my dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, UNLESS a person comes to the knowledge of the TRUTH and REPENTS of the sins, then they will REMAIN in the CONDEMNATION of their sins and PERISH in the lake of FIRE on the day of judgment.
So then, there is both a CONDITION to met met in order to be SAVED and there is a PUNISHMENT of PERISHING that will be carried out on those who do not meet the CONDITIONS that Almighty God himself CHOSE as the MEANS by which to RECONCILE mankind back to himself. God gave mankind a CHOICE as to whether chose LIFE or to chose DEATH, but desires all to chose LIFE. The word of God also says that God take NO PLEASURE in the DEATH of the WICKED and pleads with the wicked to TURN from his wicked way so that he can LIVE.
Here is Deuteronomy 30:14-19 that clearly teaches us that God has given us a CHOICE to either OBEY and LIVE or turn away from his commands and PERISH.
16. In that I command you this day to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to KEEP his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that you may LIVE and multiply: and the LORD your God shall bless you in the land whither you go to possess it.
17. BUT (here comes the evil part that God set before us, for you see anything that goes against God's commands is evil and brings death) if your heart TURN AWAY, so that you will NOT hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
18. I DENOUNCE unto you this day, that you shall SURELY PERISH (not maybe perish but rather those who reject God shall SURELY PERISH), and that you shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither you pass over Jordan to go to possess it.
Clearly it is God DESIRE that we ALL CHOOSE LIFE and LIVE, but ultimately this CHOICE rests with each individual person. Yes, you can PRAY for all men, but I can almost guarantee that not one of us has the fight in us to stay the course unto the end to see that particular prayer answered. You see some want to argue that since it is God's WILL that ALL men be SAVED and we are given the promise in 1 John 5 that if we ask ANYTHING that is according to God's WILL we know that he HEARS us and if he hears us then we know that we shall HAVE the petitions that we desired of him. And then they conclude THEREFORE ALL MEN shall one day be SAVED, because they PRAYED God's WILL to be DONE in the earth as Jesus taught us to pray.
But what these Christians fail to include in their equation is the WILL of each individual person and the ENEMY of God who fights God's people and eventual gets many to cast away the confidence of the faith or gets them to speak words of unbelief undoing their prayer.
Another thing some Christians do not realize is that just because it is God's WILL or DESIRE that it therefore will be DONE without fail. What they have failed to see is that God does not FORCE anyone to love him or even believe in him. And again many forget that God has an ENEMY that is fighting against God's WILL being accomplished in the earth. Also many fail themselves to PRAY as they ought to pray myself include. Anyone who has spent much time in prayer knows that it is a hard job. And yet another thing many Christians fail to realize is that Almighty God has CHOSEN US to be co laborers WITH him to plant and water the seed of his word and to stand in the gap making intercession, travail in prayer night and day until Christ be formed in those we are praying for. Long story made short those who use this argument of praying God's WILL most likely have never applied what they teach to ENDURE unto the END to see his WILL FULFILLED. Yes the reward is great joy, but sometimes the joy set before gets obscured and we give up before God's WILL is manifested.
Moving on to the next point which is that since God will DO all his PLEASURE and the very reason he created mankind was for his good PLEASURE, then in know way will God punish ETERNALLY his creation nor will God DESTROY his creation, because God take NO PLEASURE in the DEATH of the WICKED. Therefore the ONLY other option is for God to RESTORE ALL of mankind back to their PERFECT state in which he created them.
Now all of this sounds PLEASANT to hear, but the TRUTH of the matter is that the WHOLE word of God clearly teaches us that even though God take NO PLEASURE in the wicked the wicked will none the less be DESTROYED in the lake of fire IF they do not REPENT and TURN from their wicked ways so that they may LIVE. And clearly the WHOLE word of God teaches us that not all the wicked will repent and turn to do righteousness. In fact it appears from what I have been able to discern that only one third of humanity will be brought through the fire to obtain ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. This figure of one third also coincides with one third of the angel being drawn by Satan to war against God to try and overtake his throne. No matter the number it still comes down to ALL of mankind being given the CHOICE between life and death. No one is FORCING the WICKED to REMAIN wicked.
Remember to correct INTERPRET any verse it must be let in it;s CONTEXT. Isaiah 46:10 left is it's context reads.
So the PLEASURE that God is speaking of doing is to ultimately bring his RIGHTEOUS back to his creation by reconciling whosoever BELIEVES.
Revelation 4:11 says,
Well Lucifer was a created being who rebelled against God, so according to the logic of those who teach Universalism, then Satan as well must be RESTORED back to his original perfect condition on the day he was created.
But is this what the WHOLE word of God teaches us about Satan's END? Please read Ezekiel 28:13-18, where we are told that this covering Cherub we know as Lucifer will be DESTROYED and be DEVOURED and brought to ASHES by Almighty God in the end.
“You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created.
16. By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the midst of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will DESTROY you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
18. You have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your traffic; therefore will I bring forth a FIRE from the midst of you, it shall DEVOUR you, and I will bring you to ASHES upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold you.”
Clearly the WHOLE word of God teaches us the Satan will be DESTROYED and brought to ASHES in the lake of FIRE at the end of the age. Therefore the man made DOCTRINE of UNIVERSALISM is a FALSE teaching as must be laid aside.
BE NOT DECEIVED all of mankind is NOT going to be eventually saved.
There IS a JUDGMENT to be faced by the WICKED and if you are found to be in that number of the WICKED because you refused to get into God's word for yourself to see if you are being taught the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God and you let SIN into you life and you DIE in that state of SIN, then you will be cast into the lake of FIRE to be destroyed KNOWING that you could have obtained eternal life and live with God for all eternity.
Now those who teach Universalism do not deny that there is one day coming a judgment and PUNISHMENT for the WICKED, but they teach that this punishment of the WICKED is ONLY a TEMPORARY punishment and NOT an EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION, which is a direct CONTRADICTION with the whole word of God. For you see, the word of God clearly teaches us that it is a RIGHTEOUS thing WITH God to take vengeance upon the WICKED in his WRATH to punish them with an EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION from the PRESENCE of the Lord, Please read 2 Thessalonians 1:4-11 which plainly states,
You see my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ, the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God clearly and plainly teaches us that it is ONLY those of us who BELIEVE and OBEY the gospel of Jesus Christ and ENDURE unto the END who will be glorified with ETERNAL LIFE when Jesus comes to execute WRATH and EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION upon those who do not know God AND those who perhaps do know God but who are NOT OBEYING the gospel.
Many of those who teach Universalism were drawn into this FALSE teaching that eventually ALL of mankind will be saved because of another FALSE DOCTRINE take was dogmatically taught to them, which they could not accept that a LOVING God could ever do seeing that we who are far inferior to God could never even image to do. You see, it is this FALSE DOCTRINE of everlasting or eternal TORMENT and TORTURE in flames of FIRE for all eternity that has caused many to pull away from the main stream church only to be caught in the snare of the enemy with yet another FALSE teaching or cult. Universalism reasoned correctly that a LOVING God could never do such a thing to TORTURE and TORMENT for all eternity one of his creatures that he created for his pleasure when the word of God also says that God takes NO PLEASURE in the death of the WICKED, but they got into ERROR when they concluded that ALL of mankind would one day be SAVED and given ETERNAL LIFE to live in the PRESENCE of God for all eternity.
For you see as we just learn in the above passage of scripture that all those that KNOW NOT God and all those who OBEY NOT the gospel will be DESTROYED with an EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION when Jesus comes to execute the wrath of God, which is a RIGHTEOUS thing WITH GOD.
Can you not see my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ that YES, God is a LOVING God and this is WHY he must be FAITHFUL to perform his word to carry out his DECREE to PUNISH the unjust. The word of God also clearly and plainly states that our God is a CONSUMING FIRE.
Please read Deuteronomy 4:23,24 and Hebrews 12:14-29.
Deuteronomy 4:23,24 teaches us to TAKE HEED lest we FORGET the covenant of the Lord and disobey his commands and thereby suffer his wrath.
“Take HEED unto yourselves, lest you FORGET the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the LORD your God has forbidden you.24. For the LORD thy God is a CONSUMING FIRE, even a jealous God.”
And Hebrews 12:14-29 teaches us that WITHOUT HOLINESS NO man shall see the Lord.
You see, it is NOT God who FAILS, but rather it is MAN who FAILS the grace of God by allowing bitterness and strife and sin back into his or her life. The LOVE of God has been taught so ONE SIDED that many have FORGOTTEN the SEVERITY of the Lord God Almighty that PROMISED in his word to avenge the RIGHTEOUS by DEVOURING the WICKED in the FLAMING FIRE of his WRATH. The church as a whole has seemed to FORGET that our God is a CONSUMING FIRE just the same as he is LOVE.
The TRUTH of the matter is that God's WRATH is going to come upon ALL who do not KNOW HIM and upon ALL who DISOBEY the gospel of Jesus Christ. Like it or not the END of our salvation is CONDITIONAL. Please read the related studies on this subject of salvation by beginning with “HOW CAN I BE SAVED” all the way through to “WITHOUT HOLINESS NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD”. God is NOT MOCKED every man shall REAP that which he SOWS. Please read Galatians 6:7-9 which clearly teaches us that
The word that is TRANSLATED as “CORRUPTION” here also means DESTRUCTION in the original text.
The point is this. There will be some of mankind who BELIEVE the gospel of Jesus Christ and who OBEY his teachings who reap ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come, IF SO BE that they faint NOT, but rather ENDURE unto the END to be saved And there are some of mankind who will REJECT the preaching and teaching of the gospel who will sow the desires of their flesh and therefore will reap everlasting DESTRUCTION from the PRESENCE of the Lord, if so be that the continue in the wicked ways and do NOT REPENT of their sins before the die of Jesus comes again to execute the WRATH of God upon those that know not God and those who DISOBEY the gospel of Jesus Christ.
So in NO WAY does the WHOLE word of Almighty God teach this FALSE DOCTRINE of UNIVERSALISM that states that ALL of mankind will eventually be SAVED to live forever in the PRESENCE of God.
The Bible clearly teaches us that the WICKED will be DESTROYED at the PRESENCE of the Lord. Please read Psalm 9:1-5.5. You have rebuked the heathen, you have DESTROYED the WICKED, you have put out their name for ever and ever.”
So YES, Almighty God is going to one day RESTORE his kingdom back to RIGHTEOUSNESS where there shall be no more WICKED nor shall there be any more DEATH.
However the WAY in which God accomplishes this RESTITUTION of ALL THINGS is NOT by restoring each and every individual to the perfect state in which they were created, but rather Almighty God is going to DESTROY all the wicked with and EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION so that wickedness may NEVER RISE AGAIN. The word of truth teaches us that the SMOKE of their torment shall rise for ever and ever. In other words, this SMOKE of the wicked being CONSUMED and DESTROYED in the lake of fire will rise up for ever and ever as a reminder to us who have chosen RIGHTEOUSNESS what happened to those who rebelled against Almighty God. The WHOLE word of God teaches us about having a GODLY FEAR and reverence toward God, so work out your own salvation with FEAR and TREMBLING. Please read Philippians 2:12, which says,
What would anyone have to fear IF SO BE that ALL of mankind will eventually be SAVED and live for ever in the PRESENCE of God? Can you not see my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ that those who teach UNIVERSALISM hand pick certain individual verses of scripture and take them OUT of CONTEXT and combine them with other verses that have also been taken out of context in order to perpetuate this LIE of Satan that man shall NOT DIE as God said he would IF he DISOBEYED the command of God. This teaching of Universalism that ALL of mankind will one day be saved is a DOCTRINE of DEVILS. This is this FIRST LIE that Satan ever told to mankind.
Please read Genesis 3:1-5 where Satan brings forth QUESTIONS and LIES to produce DOUBT in what Almighty God has TRULY SAID.
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, has God said (or has God TRULY SAID ???), You shall NOT eat of EVERY tree of the garden?
Now please read what Almighty God has TRULY said in Genesis 2:16,17.
Again God did not say MAYBE you shall DIE have not decided yet, but rather God said without a doubt that if you DISOBEY my command and eat of the ONE TREE that I command that you must NOT eat of, then you shall SURELY DIE. In other words, God MEANS what he says.
Can you not see my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ that this LIE of UNIVERSALISM that man shall NOT DIE if he disobeys God's commandments is the SAME EXACT LIE that Satan fed to man in the very beginning. Be NOT DECEIVED by this LIE of Satan that ALL of mankind will one day eventually be SAVED and therefore NO DIE, because Almighty God has WARNED us over and over in his word that the SOUL that SINS shall SURELY DIE and that God will DESTROY the WICKED in his WRATH to come.
For the remainder of this study I am going to take direct quotes from a website that teaches Universalism and then one by one show you from the WHOLE word of God that they have taken each and every verse OUT of context and given it a meaning which does NOT AGREE with the rest of God's word. The statements of Universalism will be in a DIFFERENT font like this so that you can distinguish their comments from what the word of TRUTH is truly teaching.
The link to the website is http://www.tentmaker.org/articles/universalism-refuted.htm
if you want to see for yourself what they teach concerning Universalism.
Below is a statement taken directly from the website Tentmaker.org from the first link above that will take you to the article from which these quotes where directly taken, which teaches the doctrine of Universalism.
There are many variations of what people mean by Universalism. Some use this term to mean that all religions lead to the one true God in heaven. And others like most Christian Universalism use the term Universalism to mean that ultimately ALL of mankind will be saved.
Again all quotes from this site will be in a DIFFERENT font like this so that you can easier distinguish from what they teach to that of what the word of truth, the WHOLE word of God truly teaches.
What is Christian Universalism? Christian universalism is a belief in the simple Bible truth that Jesus Christ is the "Lamb who takes away the sin of the world." He is the promised Messiah of whom the prophets of the Old Covenant foresaw; He is the Savior of the world, He is the "Second Adam," through Whom ALL mankind will be RESTORED to God's original image, He is the only way to the Father, the only begotten Son of God, and that there is no other way to everlasting, “aionian” life but through Him. We believe He is king and judge of the universe, and owner of all Creation, and that His purpose for the ages (aions) is to bring all things under His government and reconciled with Himself.
We believe that in His substitutionary death and resurrection He became the "Lamb who takes away the sin of the world." As Christ Himself said, "If I be lifted up (crucified) I will draw all men to me" (as also prophesied in Psalm 22). His Name is the One before which every man, woman and child, from all of human history will bow before and declare that He is Lord. At that day, the prophesied "restoration of all things" shall come to pass, and of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end.
This view is also known as Ultimate reconciliation or Universal Salvation, which is a very different thing than Unitarian Universalism.
The first thing that I want to bring to your attention is that with any FALSE teaching there is most always a hint of truth. What I mean by this is that most all false doctrines or false teachings will use verses of scripture from the Bible to TRY and support there beliefs. And on the surface they sometimes can be very convincing and may SEEM to be teaching the truth, especially to those who do not go to the word of God for themselves in order to see if what they are being taught is in fact the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God.
I have said many times throughout the many studies in Gods word that I have done through the years that any verse when viewed ALONE and APART from the WHOLE word of God may SEEM to be saying something that it is NOT truly saying.
So then, the first rule of INTERPRETATION is to KEEP the verse in question in the CONTEXT of where it is found and then COMPARE scripture with scripture in order to see if the INTERPRETATION does in fact AGREE with the REST of God's word. In other words, if there are other verses of scripture that CONTRADICT the INTERPRETATION of the verse in question, then it is NOT the CORRECT interpretation of that verse.
Now if you will please notice I have emphasized the phrase " ALL mankind will be RESTORED" because this is what the doctrine of Universalism teaches. In other words the doctrine of Universalism teaches that eventually ALL of mankind will be saved or restored back to their perfect state in which they were first created. Here is a more detailed definition of Universalism taken directly from this website called Tentmaker.org. Here is the link to the article from which I copied and pasted their arguments and line of reasoning of what they believe in this study so you can see for yourself what Universalism teaches by going straight to one of the website written by those who teach Universalism.
Refutation, Rebuttal, Exposition and Explanation of Universalism There is a rise in the teaching of Universalism. What is Universalism? Is Universalism Heresy? According to who?
As with many English words, there is often more than one definition. Such is the case with the word “universalism.”
The 35th edition of the Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary only has one meaning: “Universalism, n Theol. The doctrine that all men will eventually be saved. – Universalist, n & adj.”
World Reference.com defines universalism as: A noun: universalism, the theological doctrine that ALL PEOPLE will eventually be saved
That is precisely how, we, at Tentmaker Ministries use the term, only with some qualifications. We believe that all men (and women) will eventually be saved ONLY because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, not because of any other way. We do NOT believe all religions lead to heaven. The way into Heaven is through Jesus Christ alone.
So then, those at Tentmaker.org do make the distinction between ALL the different RELIGIONS of the world NOT leading to the one true God that is taught in the Holy Bible. However, they still teach that ALL PEOPLE will eventually be saved in the end, whether it be in this life or in the next life. In other words, they qualify their statement of faith by saying what the Bible does in fact teach, which is the ONLY WAY to the Father is through his SON Jesus Christ alone.
The point that I want you to see is that they MIX this TRUTH of God's word that clearly teaches us that there is NO OTHER name under heaven given among men whereby we MUST be saved along with their teaching that ALL of mankind will ultimately be saved in the end and that not one single person will be LOST. But is this the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God. Please read Acts 4:10-12.
"Be it KNOWN unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that BY the NAME of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him does this man stand here before you whole.
Now reading this these three verses ALONE and APART form the context the reader cannot discern whether or not ALL of mankind will in fact one day eventually be SAVED. The truth of the matter is all we can say for SURE is that there is NO SALVATION in ANY OTHER NAME, because the name of Jesus is the ONLY NAME given among ALL of mankind whereby we MUST be saved. So YES, it is TRUE that the Bible clearly teaches that Almighty God chose from before the foundation of the world to bring the gift of salvation to ALL of mankind BY of THROUGH his SON Jesus whom he himself chose and ANOINTED to be the SAVIOR of mankind.
The point that I want you to see is that this is exactly what Satan the enemy of our souls does in order to lead us AWAY for the TRUTH of God's word. You see, Satan DECEIVES believers to believe his doctrines of devils by MIXING some TRUTH in along with his DECEPTION. I want to say that I personally do not believe that those who teach FALSE doctrine willingly, knowingly, and deliberately teach FALSE doctrine, but rather I believe that they have been DECEIVED by the enemy Satan to teach these doctrines of devils and they do NOT truly realize that they are teaching FALSE doctrine.
Remember that Satan's very first LIE to DECEIVE was to QUESTION what God actually said by asking man the question, Has God said that you shall surely die? Then Satan plainly tells us a bold face LIE that man shall NOT surely DIE, which CONTRADICTS what Almighty God has ACTUALLY said in his word. I want you to see that Satan's very first LIE that mankind shall NOT SURELY DIE if he disobeys God's commands is the exact same LIE that Universalism teaches that none of mankind will surely DIE if they SIN, but rather ALL of mankind will EVENTUALLY be SAVED through the atonement that Jesus made for the sin of the whole world.
Please understand that the whole word of Almighty God does in fact teach us that Jesus made the ATONEMENT of the SACRIFICE for the sins of the WHOLE world. Of this TRUTH there is NO DOUBT. Please read 1 John 2:2-4, which clearly and plainly teaches that Jesus not ONLY dies for our sins, meaning the sins of us who have come to the knowledge of the truth and who have ALREADY BELIEVED, but that Jesus also SACRIFICED himself for the sins of the WHOLE world.
So then, YES, the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God is that SALVATION for mankind is ONLY THROUGH the SON of Almighty God, Jesus Christ, and YES, the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God is that Jesus did in fact die FOR the SINS of the WHOLE world.
However, this does NOT mean that ALL of mankind will come to this knowledge of the truth by BELIEVING the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to be saved or RECONCILED to God. Nor does that mean that ALL of those who do in fact come to the knowledge of the truth and accept Jesus as their savior in order to be RECONCILED to God will REMAIN faithful and endure unto the END in order to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. In other words, the only thing that we can for sure conclude from Acts 4:10-12 and 1 John 2:2 is that Jesus is the ONLY NAME under heaven that is given among mankind whereby we MUST be saved.
Let us now take a look at this MIXTURE of the TRUTH of God's word, which is to use verses of scripture taken OUT of their CONTEXT in order to TRY and show that ALL of MANKIND, meaning EACH and EVERY person who has ever lived or who shall be born will EVENTUALLY be SAVED by the blood of Jesus, if not in this life, then in the next life they will be SAVED as in RESTORED back to their perfect state in which they were created. Here is what is stated on this website called Tentmaker.org that teaches Universalism.
Acts 3:21 (NLT): Jesus "must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of ALL things, as God promised long ago through the prophets." Again, WHAT ELSE could this refer to but the complete restoration of EVERY child of God created in His image to a right relationship with Him?
Those that teach Universalism that ALL of mankind will eventually be saved use Acts 3:1 by planting the idea in your mind that there is NO OTHER WAY to INTERPRET this verse than for it to mean that ALL of mankind, as in, EVERY single human being past present and future shall be one day RESTORED back to their perfect state in which they were originally created.
But is this TRULY the ONLY way that this verse can be interpreted? Let us now leave this verse in the CONTEXT of where it is found to learn the TRUE mean of this verse teaching us about the final restoration of ALL things. Please read Acts 3:21-23, which clearly and plainly teaches us that all those who do NOT hear and obey the words of Jesus will be CUT OFF from God's people and be DESTROYED as opposed to being RESTORE back to their original state in which they were created.
So then, when this verse in question is LEFT in the CONTEXT of where it is found then everyone can CLEARLY see from the CONTEXT of this verse of scripture found in Acts 2:21 that is used by those who teach Universalism to TRY and teach that ALL of mankind will one day eventually be RESTORED back to their original perfect state in which they where created ACTUALLY is teaching us quite the OPPOSITE. For you see my dear brother and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ the CONTEXT of this verse is clearly and plainly teaching us that those who do NOT listen to the teachings of Jesus will be CUT OFF from God's people and UTTERLY DESTROYED.
Therefore we must conclude that the INTERPRETATION given by those who teach Universalism that ALL of mankind shall ultimately be RESTORED, which consequently means that NONE of mankind will NOT be DESTROYED, cannot possible be the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God, because their INTERPRETATION definitely CONTRADICTS the CLEAR word of Almighty God that plainly states that those who do NOT hear the words of Jesus will be CUT OFF from God's people and UTTERLY DESTROYED.
Let us now read Acts 2:21 from the King Jame Version in order to bring out some deeper insight that this verse is teaching us about the RESTORATION of ALL THINGS. Please read Acts 3:21 again and notice that the word TIME is in the PLURAL form in the King James version.
In other words, Jesus must remain in heaven UNTIL his second coming to the earth to execute the wrath of Almighty God, which BEGINS the restitution of all things. At the second coming of Jesus is when Jesus will come in FLAMING FIRE to execute the WRATH of Almighty God upon all those who do not KNOW God and also upon all those who are NOT OBEYING the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. Please read 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9, which clearly and plainly teaches us that all those who do NOT KNOW God along with those who do NOT OBEY the GOSPEL will be punished WITH and EVERLASTING DESTRUCTION from the PRESENCE of Almighty God, which is the exact opposite of being RESTORED back to their original perfect state in which they where created as Universalism FALSELY teaches.
To me, this passage of scripture is teaching us that the TIME to get right with Almighty God is right NOW while we are yet LIVING and then REMAIN in right relationship with God unto the END as Jesus warns us in Matthew 24 that only those of us who believe who ENDURE unto the END shall be SAVED. That is to say, the END spoken of by Jesus referring to BELIEVERS enduring unto the END in order to be SAVED is his SECOND coming. Let me explain what I mean by this.
The Bible teaches us that Jesus will come QUICKLY, as in, a MOMENT in a TWINKLING of an eye so therefore if you are living in SIN when he comes again whether you have accepted Jesus as your savior or not you will be JUDGE not according to any good work you have done in the past, but rather you will be judge by the PRESENT state you are in at the MOMENT Jesus comes again. In other words, there will be NO TIME for you to repent of you sins, because the coming of Jesus will be like a flash of lightning.
Now what I mean by this is that for those BELIEVERS who are found to be FAITHFUL at the coming of Jesus THEIR CHANGE from being mortal to being given IMMORTALITY or ETERNAL LIFE will take place in a MOMENT and a TWINKLING of an eye or so QUICKLY that if one is found to be living in SIN their will be NO TIME to REPENT of their sins. Please read Revelation 22:10-15, where we see Jesus saying at the MOMENT of his coming for those who are RIGHTEOUS to REMAIN righteous and for the who are WICKED to REMAIN wicked for that brief moment of time of his coming while the RIGHTEOUS are given ETERNAL LIFE and caught up to be with Jesus in the air.
“And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the TIME is at hand.(speaking of the TIME to give the REWARD of ETERNAL LIFE to the RIGHTEOUS and HOLY, and to recompense the reward or the wages of sin with DEATH)11. He that is UNJUST, let him BE unjust STILL (or let him REMAIN unjust): and he which is filthy, let him BE filthy STILL: and he that is RIGHTEOUS, let him BE righteous STILL: and he that is holy, let him BE holy STILL.
12. And, behold, I come QUICKLY (in a MOMENT and in a TWINKLING of an eye, as a flash of lighting, so fast that there will not be time for the wicked to repent, nor the righteous to commit sin); and my REWARD is with me, to give every man ACCORDING as his WORK shall BE.(present tense)
13. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14. Blessed are THEY that DO his commandments, that THEY (speaking of ONLY those who are DOING or KEEPING the commandments of Almighty God) may have RIGHT to the tree of LIFE, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie."
Please keep in mind that AFTER the reward of ETERNAL LIFE is given to the RIGHTEOUS who are IN Jesus Christ, then the people of Israel will RECOGNIZE Jesus as their MESSIAH coming to deliver them from their enemies and they shall call upon the name of the Lord to be saved, as in, being preserved alive to go into the 1000 year reign of Jesus in their MORTAL bodies. Also there will be a REMNANT of those of the GENTILE nations who will REPENT and well when they see Jesus coming in great clouds of glory and they too will call upon the Lord and be saved, as in, being preserved alive to go into the millennium in their MORTAL bodies. Jesus will then reign on the earth for 1000 years continuing to RESTORE ALL things back to the original state in which they were created during this 1000 years. Then at the end of the 1000 year reign of Jesus Satan will be loosed to DECEIVE the nations one final time. Many of the nations are deceived and go to make war against God people. Then God sends fire down from heaven and DEVOURS them. Then the rest of the dead are raised to stand before God to be judged according to their works. Keep in mind that there will be RIGHTEOUS people who have DIED being righteous during the 1000 year reign of Jesus who will ALSO be raised during this second and final resurrection of the dead. Those found to be righteous during the 1000 year reign of Jesus will be given eternal life just like those of us who will have taken part in the FIRST resurrection at the second coming of Jesus, then those who are NOT found in the book of life are then cast into the lake of fire, which is called the SECOND DEATH. Then comes that age of all ages and God creates a NEW heaven and a NEW earth where there is NO MORE SEA. The word sea is used as a type for the WICKED. In other words, in this NEW earth that God creates for the RIGHTEOUS there will be NO MORE WICKED. This is the restoration of all things. The WICKED are DESTROYED at the end of the age and shall be NO MORE thus RESTORATION of ALL THINGS, or the RESTORING God's kingdom back to a kingdom wherein dwells ONLY RIGHTEOUSNESS for the wicked shall be DESTROYED and shall be NO MORE.
So then, can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, that there is no need to dogmatically demand that the ONLY way to interpret Acts 3:21 is to say that the restitution of all things must without fail mean that EVERY SINGLE human being be SAVED as in every wicked person be RESTORED back to their original state of righteousness in which they were created, because it can clearly be seen that God's kingdom can be RESTORE back to a kingdom wherein dwells ONLY the RIGHTEOUS by UTTERLY DESTROYING all those who do NOT hear the words of Jesus and therefore REMAIN condemned in their SINS. Just read the CONTEXT of Acts 3:21!
23. Then Moses said, 'ANYONE who will NOT listen to that Prophet will be CUT OFF from God's people and UTTERLY DESTROYED.' "
So then, clearly the whole word of God teaches us that the disobedient to the gospel will be UTTERLY DESTROYED and NOT RESTORED as Universalism FALSELY teaches.
Let us move to the another verse quoted from this site Tentmaker.org that is used by those that teach Universalism to TRY and show that ALL of mankind will one day eventually be saved.
Ephesians 1:9-10: God's "purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time," is to "unite ALL things in him [Christ], things in heaven and things on earth." What other meaning could these verses possibly have than the clear meaning that is right there? In the fullness of time, ALL things ("all people," according to the context) will be united in Christ and God will be all in all! That is why Paul talks in verse 12 about "we who were the first to hope in Christ." We who are believers now are the first fruits. The rest will follow in due time.
No my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, the CONTEXT does NOT refer to ALL PEOPLE, but rather to ALL BELIEVERS who are IN Jesus Christ because they LISTENED to EVERYTHING this prophet Jesus told them. Please notice that right after the phrase "who FIRST trusted in Christ" we see in verse 13 that Paul is talking to other BELIEVER who ALSO heard the word of truth the GOSPEL of our salvation and after they heard they BELIEVED.
So then, the ALL who will be gathered together as one in the fulness of times is clearly speaking of ONLY those of us who BELIEVE in Jesus Christ and follow his teachings. Also no where in this passage of scripture or any other passage of scripture do I find that "We who are believers now are the first fruits. Then the rest will follow in due time." This kind of reasoning is nothing more than the conforming or twisting God's word to make it fit ones OWN personal INTERPRETATION of the scriptures. Yes, it is true that there have been many who followed on to BELIEVE the gospel of Jesus Christ and there will be yet many more who BELIEVE the gospel, but in no way does the WHOLE word of Almighty God teach us that ALL of mankind will one day in due time be saved.
How is it that those who teach Universalism IGNORE the many WARNINGS in God's word to FLEE the WRATH of God that is to come. This brings us to the next verse used by those who teach Universalism, but yet again they have taken this verse OUT of it's CONTEXT and TRIED to make it support their teaching that ALL of mankind will one day eventually be saved. What about a mass murder that is killed by the police while he is in the act of murdering innocent people? Clearly this murderer did NOT REPENT of his sins before he was shot by the police and instantly DIED still pulling the trigger slaughtering innocent people.
The CLEAR word of God teaches us that NO MURDERER shall ENTER into the kingdom of God. Please read 1 John 3:7-15.
But yet Universalism ignores these clear, plain, and simple passages of scripture in God's word that clearly state that NO MURDERER has ETERNAL LIFE abiding in him. In other words, if a MURDERER shall DIE in their state of SIN, then they shall NOT be given the reward of ETERNAL LIFE, but rather they shall be JUDGED ACCORDING to their WORK which is in the SINGULAR form teaching us that we will be JUDGE according to our LAST work whether it be righteous of whether it be wicked. Please read Ezekiel 33:7-20 that to me, clearly teaches us that we shall be JUDGED by the LAST act we do before we die. And if we are alive at the coming of Jesus, then we will be JUDGED by the work that we are presently DOING when he comes.
8. When I say unto the WICKED, O WICKED man, you shall SURELY DIE; IF you dost NOT speak to WARN the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall DIE in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand.
10. Therefore, O you son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus you speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them (or we DIE in our SINS), how should we then LIVE (or if we DIE in our sins how shall we obtain ETERNAL LIFE)?
11. Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the DEATH of the wicked; BUT that the wicked TURN from his way and LIVE: turn you, turn you from your evil ways; for why will you DIE, O house of Israel?(the only way to obtain eternal life in the world to come is to call upon the name of Jesus and REPENT of your sins. The word REPENT means to TURN AWAY from sinning and DO good works of RIGHTEOUSNESS unto the end.)
12. Therefore, you son of man, say unto the children of your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall NOT deliver him in the day of his TRANSGRESSION (in other words, you cannot store up good works of righteousness to out weigh your transgression): as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he TURNS from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he SINS.
13. When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; IF he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, ALL his righteousness shall NOT be REMEMBERED; but for his iniquity that he has committed, he shall DIE for IT (in other words, a person can be a CHRISTIAN all their life faithfully serving the Lord, and then be DECEIVED by the enemy and TURN back to their old lifestyle if SIN and IF they were to DIE without REPENTING of their SIN, then they will DIE the second death because of their final act of sin which they have done. Please keep in mind that these are the words of Almighty God himself. I am just WARNING you as we are instructed in God's word to do).
18. When the righteous TURNS from his righteousness, and commits iniquity (or when a CHRISTIAN SINS and he or she DIES in their state of SIN), he shall even DIE thereby. (in other words, any one of you who profess to be Christians IF you should be deceived by the deceitfulness of sin and turn back to your old live style of sin and DIE while you are living in SIN, then you shall NOT obtain the reward of ETERNAL LIFE, but rather you shall be DESTROYED along with the rest of the WICKED at the end of the age)
19. But if the wicked TURN from his wickedness, and DO that which is lawful and right, he shall LIVE THEREBY.(or the wicked shall LIVE only by TURNING form there wickedness to DO works of RIGHTEOUSNESS)
That is a hard passage of scripture I know, but it is none the less the TRUTH of God's word and I must WARN both the WICKED and the RIGHTEOUS. The word of God teaches us that we must WARN the WICKED to TURN from their wickedness and DO the works of righteousness. AND we must also WARN the RIGHTEOUS that IF they TURN BACK from doing good works of righteousness and go back to doing the deeds of the old man and they should DIE while living in SIN, then they will LOSE their reward of ETERNAL LIFE and they shall be DESTROYED in the lake of fire right along will all the wicked who never accepted Jesus as their savior.
Let us move on to yet another verse used by those who teach Universalism that TRY to make this verse mean that ALL of mankind will one day eventually be SAVED, if not in this life, then in the next life they will get a second chance to be saved and surely during this second chance they will definitely be saved.
Luke 3:6: "All flesh shall see the salvation of God." This verse is probably taken from Isaiah 40:5, which says, "And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." Surely these verses point in the direction of universal salvation. Matthew 5:8: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
First of all let us read Luke 3:6 being LEFT in the CONTEXT of where it is found and read Luke 3:3-17, which CLEARLY and PLAINLY teaches us that the WICKED will be BURNED in an unquenchable FIRE until they are UTTERLY DESTROYED and opposed to being SAVED of RESTORED to righteousness as Universalism FALSELY teaches.
8. Bring forth therefore FRUITS (or WORKS) WORTHY of repentance, and begin NOT to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
16. John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I comes, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
First I would like to point out that the phrase in verse 6 "And all flesh shall SEE the salvation of God." does NOT mean that all flesh will be PARTAKERS OF the salvation of God in that all of mankind will be saved, but rather this verse means that all flesh will SEE, as in, they will WITNESS with their own eyes the salvation of God.
Secondly I want to point out that the CONTEXT of this verse in question clearly teaches us that there is something every single human being needs to DO in order to flee or escape the WRATH of God that is to come.
Thirdly we can also see in verse 17, again the context of this verse 6 the verse in question, that Jesus when he comes again to execute the WRATH of God he is going to THOROUGHLY PURGE his floor and he will gather all his wheat, which is speaking of all those who BELIEVE in him who are found to be his good and faithful servant when he come. And then Jesus will take all the chaff, which is speaking of all those that know not God and those disobedient to the gospel, in other words, Jesus will take all the WICKED and BURN them with unquenchable fire.
The words "THOROUGHLY PURGE" here means to thoroughly clean. And the WAY or the MEANS by which Almighty God RESTORES his kingdom is CLEARLY and PLAINLY taught to us in this passage of scripture that leaves us no doubt that all the wicked are BURNED UP in an unquenchable FIRE to be NO MORE so that the kingdom of God shall be RESTORED to a kingdom wherein dwell ONLY the RIGHTEOUS.
So you see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, those who teach Universalism have INTERPRETED the verses they use INCORRECTLY to show that all of mankind shall see the salvation of God means that every single human being will one day eventually be SAVED. Let us continue in this study of God's word to show further that those who teach Universalism have taken the verses they use OUT of CONTEXT in order to TRY and show that all of mankind will ultimately be saved someday, if not in this life, then in the next.
Now one of the main reasons why some teach that ALL of mankind will one day eventually be saved is that they see the sacrifice Jesus made to redeem mankind to be a FAILURE if not ALL of mankind are completely RESTORED to righteousness. Let us now take a closer look at they verses they use to TRY and support their line of reasoning that Jesus would be a FAILURE if ALL of mankind were NOT SAVED.
1 John 4:14: "And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the few who receive him in life, and to throw the rest into everlasting torment." Is that what it says? No, it says, "The Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world." Will He succeed, or will He fail?
Again one of the biggest roadblocks that blinds the eyes of those that teach Universalism is that if all of mankind are NOT saved in the end, then somehow they view this as God and Jesus FAILING. Therefore they conclude that all of mankind must be saved in order for Almighty God and his Son Jesus to have SUCCEEDED.
The TRUTH of the matter is that Almighty God the Father and his Son Jesus did in fact already SUCCEED in providing a WAY whereby ALL of mankind may be saved. And that WAY of salvation is clearly spelled out for us in the word of God. There is NO INTERPRETATION needed to understand what we must do in order to receive this so great a salvation from God.
Once again let us KEEP 1 John 4:14 in the CONTEXT from where it is found in order to see it's true meaning.
3. And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
So then, the CONTEXT of this passage of scripture begins with a WARNING telling us that there are many FALSE teachers gone out into the world and that we are to try the spirit of these teachings to know whether or not they are of God.
We have already seen that the first LIE of Satan was that man shall NOT SURELY DIE if he disobeys God. So therefore when God's word clearly and plainly teaches us that the wages of sin is DEATH and that the wicked will be DESTROYED, then to teach that NO, the wicked will NOT be destroyed, but rather the wicked will eventually be RESTORED or saved, is to LIE and CONTRADICT what Almighty God has actually said in his word.
Please read Psalm 101:6-8, which is a prophecy of Jesus speaking about the day of judgment.
This AGREES with Revelation 22:14,15 where ONLY the RIGHTEOUS will be given the RIGHT to eat of the tree of LIFE and live forever and ALL the WICKED will not be ALLOWED to ENTER into the CITY of our Lord.
Again I personally do not believe that those who teach FALSE doctrines such as Universalism are DELIBERATELY and willingly KNOWING that they are speaking the LIES of the enemy that mankind will NOT DIE if he disobeys God.
The word of TRUTH clearly teaches us that the WICKED will be DESTROYED and this is HOW our Lord will CUT OFF the wicked from entering into the city of our Lord. You see, it is ONLY the FAITHFUL who will have right to the tree of life and live forever. Here is another passage of scripture that teaches us that the wicked will be DESTROYED as opposed to be RESTORED as Universalism FALSELY teaches. Please read Psalm 145:20, which again clearly and plainly teaches us that God will DESTROY ALL the WICKED and shall preserve ONLY those who love him.
Now many of those that teach Universalism I believe do so because they have been dogmatically taught that God will TORMENT and TORTURE the wicked in flames of the FIRE of HELL for ALL ETERNITY. But as you have just seen in the above two passages of scripture that God has DESTROY the wicked and NOT torture and TORMENT them in hell for ever and ever as some FALSELY teach. Those who teach Universalism have falsely concluded from this FALSE doctrine of eternal torment in hell that sin will be safely contained in hell forever so therefore sin will NOT be destroyed but rather exist forever. In other words, because of the false doctrine of eternal torment in hell Universalism concludes that Jesus failed to PUT AWAY or to destroy sin. Here is their argument.
Hebrews 9:26: "He [Jesus] has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." The NIV translates it, "To do away with sin." That is the question: Did Jesus come to completely do away with sin or JUST to safely contain it in hell forever? If sin exists forever, Christ's victory is incomplete, because He came to do away with it completely! Amen!
First of all the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God does NOT teach of an ETERNAL torment in the lake of fire, but rather clearly teaches us that the wicked will be CONSUMED, BURNED UP, and turned into ASHES and be NO MORE in the lake of fire. Therefore the TRUTH of God's word teaches that Jesus was in fact victorious to put away sin by his sacrifice. Jesus came to DESTROY the works of the Devil and one of the Devil's works is sin. And another work of the Devil id DEATH, which shall be the LAST enemy of God to be DESTROYED in the lake of FIRE.
Let us now take a closer look at Hebrews 9:26 when it is LEFT in the CONTEXT of where it is found to see if ALL of mankind will ultimately be saved. Please read Hebrews 9:26-28, which teaches us that Jesus will appear the second time without sin UNTO SALVATION to ONLY those of us who are LOOKING for Jesus.
"So Christ was SACRIFICES once to take away the sins of many people (or more precisely Jesus die for the sins of the WHOLE world meaning ALL of mankind); and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to BRING salvation to THOSE who are WAITING for him."
The WICKED and the rebellious who are fighting against God's people and who are living in SIN are definitely NOT going to be LOOKING for the return of Jesus.
Also some of you may be thinking something like, 'Wait a minute I thought we were ALREADY SAVED, so how is it then that Jesus will BRING salvation with him to give to THOSE who are LOOKING for his return?'
This answer is simple. Most Christians who may think thoughts like that have NOT been taught the WHOLE word of Almighty God concerning SALVATION. In other words, most Christians have been taught that the very moment that you accept Jesus as your savior, then from that moment on you are SAVED. And most Christian have been dogmatically taught that you are save NOT by any WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS, but by the GRACE of God through faith were you SAVED and certainly if we were first saved by grave and faith ALONE, then it is certain that we cannot MAINTAIN our salvation by GOOD WORKS.
Well again this is PARTLY the truth, but it is NOT the WHOLE word of God concerning being saved and receiving the END of our salvation, which is our reward of ETERNAL LIFE. You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, we do not ACTUALLY receive ETERNAL LIFE until the world to come.
Please read Mark 10:28-30.
29. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that has left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
In other words, when we accept Jesus as our savior all our PAST sins are forgiven us and we are made CLEAN. We are SAVED in that we are RECONCILED to God and brought into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with him. And we are set FREE from the bondage of sin and sin has NO MORE DOMINION over us.
From that moment on we are in a FIGHT of FAITH against sin to OVERCOME sin. God gives us ALL the weapons we need to be VICTORIOUS, but it is up to US to FIGHT the fight of faith and OVERCOME sin through the power of the Holy Spirit and the promises in the word of God. If we stumble and fall and get back up by asking for forgiveness of our sins, then he is faithful and just to forgive us of our sin. But if we keep listening to the LIES of the enemy and fall back into a lifestyle of sin arguing with the Holy Spirit making excuse and excuse refusing to repent of our sins and then IF we were to DIE in that state of sin, then we will NOT inherit ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. For a deep understanding on what we must DO in order to be saved AND receive ETERNAL life in the world to come lease read the studies beginning with "HOW CAN I BE SAVED" all the way through to the study "WITHOUT HOLINESS NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD", but for now let us get back to the study at hand and take a closer look at the next argument used by those who teach Universalism.
Hebrews 2:14-15: "Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver ALL those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery." If Jesus' death destroyed the devil as to his having the power of death, how can death continue forever in hell? If Christ's death delivers ALL from the fear of death, how can eternal death be waiting for anyone?
First of all Jesus has NOT YET actually destroyed the Devil. It is only the power of DOMINION that the Devil had over mankind that has been destroyed so far. You see, the Devil will be bound for 1000 years so he cannot DECEIVE mankind DURING this 1000 year reign of Jesus in his Father's kingdom. Then at the end of the 1000 years reign of Jesus the Devil will be loosed to tempt and DECEIVE the nations one final time. Then FIRE will come down from heaven and DEVOUR those who were DECEIVED by the Devil to rebell against God. Then the REST of the dead are raised and judged. The WICKED will be cast into the lake of fire. the DEVIL will be cast into the lake of FIRE. And DEATH and hell will be cast into the lake of fire. And this final judgment of Almighty God where everything that is EVIL is cast into the lake of fire to be DESTROYED once and for all time is called the SECOND DEATH, which mean from that point ON there will be NO MORE DEATH, NO MORE DEVIL, NO MORE SIN, and NO MORE WICKED. In other words, the RESTORATION of ALL THINGS will be COMPLETE once the SECOND DEATH has taken place.
Yes, Jesus did take the keys of death and the grave, but again DEATH will be the LAST enemy to be destroyed only AFTER the SECOND DEATH has been executed upon ALL the WICKED at the end of the age.
Secondly all of mankind has indeed been DELIVERED from the dominion of sin. All of mankind has been set free from the SLAVERY of sin, but most have NOT COME to this KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH that Almighty God LOVES them so much that he gave his only begotten Son to DIE for their SINS. Even many Christians have not come to this knowledge of the TRUTH that they have been made FREE from SIN and the sin has NO MORE DOMINION over them. Some Christians have been dogmatically taught that they are SINNERS for so long that this is all the believe. They believe that they are SINNERS and that it is their NATURE to SIN. However, this is NOT what the WHOLE word of God teaches us.
Can you not see my dear brothers and sister in our Lord Jesus Christ, how vitally important is is for you to search the word of God daily to see if what you are being taught is the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God. Do NOT trust your very salvation to the hands of another. Get into the word of God and read it for yourself asking God to show you the WHOLE TRUTH of his word. If you are TIRED of sinning and want to know HOW to be set free from sin, then please read the study "HOW TO LIVE FREE FROM SIN!", but for now let us continue to take a closer look at the arguments used by those that teach Universalism to TRY and support their teaching that ALL of mankind will be SAVED eventually.
Hebrews 2:9 "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for EVERY man." Christ has tasted death for everyone! Therefore all will be saved in due time.
Yes, it is true that Jesus TASTED death for EVERY man, but this does NOT mean that ALL of mankind will ultimately be SAVED in due time. Jesus SUFFERED in all points like as we suffer. Jesus TASTED suffering being TEMPTED so that he can be that faithful high priest for us know what it is like to suffer temptation as we do, but this does NOT mean that none of mankind shall ever be tempted. So in the same way just because Jesus TASTED death for every man does NOT mean that NONE of mankind will ever DIE. Please read Hebrews 2:17,18, which says,
" Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren,(WHY? Why did Jesus TASTE what the nature of MAN was like) THAT(or SO THAT) he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18. For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succor (or to help, to aid, to comfort, to assist) them that are tempted."
Some Christians read right over this and do not fully realize that when Jesus was TEMPTED of the Devil, and that Jesus SUFFER being TEMPTED, just like temptation to us is a fight within us. And because Jesus now KNOWS what it is like to SUFFER temptation, then he is able to come to our AID and HELP us OVERCOME sin. You see since Jesus has been in our shoes so to speak in that he has been in this fight against sin he KNOWS how to OVERCOME the enemy. Jesus went before us and live his life without sin through the power of the Holy Spirit as an EXAMPLE for us to follow in his steps. Please read the study “HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE FREE FROM SIN!” for a deep understanding that Jesus came to set us free from the dominion that sin has over mankind.
Again I AGREE with the word of Almighty God that clearly teaches us that Jesus DIE for the sins of the WHOLE world, because 1 John 2:2 makes this TRUTH very plain to us.
However, this does NOT mean that the WHOLE world will be SAVED and given ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come, because CLEARLY we see in OTHER places in God's word where the WICKED will be DESTROYED, CONSUMED, DEVOURED, BURNED UP, turned into ASHES, and be NO MORE. We are taught in God's word that the wicked are CUT OFF from entering into the city of our Lord by WAY of being DESTROYED.
But rather Jesus tasted death for every man means that Jesus made it possible for every person to be reconciled back to Almighty God through his SACRIFICE of dying on the cross as an innocent man, thus given him the right to REDEEM all of mankind to God. Now the WAY or the MEANS by which Almighty God CHOSE for this so great a salvation is to be OBTAINED is through FAITH, the BELIEVING of the GOSPEL of Jesus. This is why the word of God over and over again teaches us that WHOSOEVER will BELIEVE on him shall NOT PERISH, but shall be given eternal life. But please ALSO remember and keep in mind that the word of God ALSO clearly states that WHOSOEVER does NOT BELIEVE will REMAIN in their SIN and shall DIE of PERISH in their sins. The Bible, meaning the WHOLE word of God clearly teaches us that the wicked will be destroyed and not tormented if flames of fire forever and ever as some falsely teach.
Please read the studies "IS THE DOCTRINE OF HELL BIBLICAL?" and "IS THE SOUL OF MAN IMMORTAL?", but for now let us continue to take a closer look at a few more verses that are used to TRY and support Universalism.
Psalm 2:7-8: "The Lord said to me, `You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession."' This verse is used in missions textbooks all the time. God has promised to give His Son all the nations as His inheritance, and He will do it!
Here again FALSE conclusions are being drawn from PREVIOUS FALSE teachings that are no doubt sincerely believed as being the truth by those that teach them, but in reality there are many teachings that are NOT the truth of the whole word of God. The writer here makes the argument that since this verse is USED by mission textbooks all the time that it must therefore be the TRUTH. One of the main arguments for Universalism is that it has been around since the founding of the church and has been taught by many church fathers throughout history. Well if this were to be a basis on which to believe doctrine, then we must embrace every doctrine that was every taught.
No my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are to base our faith upon the whole word of God and not on the TRADITIONS of man made doctrines. Please keep in mind that the first apostles fought against false teaching from the very beginning. The only way to know if a teaching is the truth is to let the word of God interpret itself by keep the verses in question in the CONTEXT in which they are found and then comparing the interpretation that is drawn with the rest of God's word to see if it AGREES or it CONTRADICTS the WHOLE word of God. If it agrees then the interpretation is the truth, If it contradicts the WHOLE word of God then that interpretation must be understood and rejected as FALSE teaching.
So then, let us now KEEP the verse in question in the CONTEXT of where it is found in order to learn the TRUE meaning of "Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession." Please read Psalm 2:1-12, which clearly teaches us that the heathen or the nations are give to Jesus as a possession to DESTROY, because they rejected his so great a salvation.
9. You shall BREAK THEM (speaking of his inheritance the HEATHEN)with a ROD of IRON; you shall DASH THEM in pieces like a potter's vessel.(now come the WARNING to flee God's WRATH by SERVING God NOW before it is too late)
Again and again, over and over through the WHOLE word of God we are clearly and plainly taught that God blesses ONLY the RIGHTEOUS who put their TRUST IN him. And over and over again and again we are clearly and plainly taught that the WICKED will PERISH and be DESTROYED. Please read the study called " IS THE SOUL OF MAN IMMORTAL" for a deeper understanding that the SOUL that SINS shall DIE, PERISH, be CUT OFF and be DESTROYED at the end of the age.
No where in the word of God are we clearly and plainly taught that ultimately one day ALL of mankind will be eventually SAVED. This doctrine of Universalism came into being primarily because there were many Christian who saw in God's word that God is LOVE, that God is MERCIFUL, and the God is GOOD, and they could NOT accept the teaching that a LOVING and MERCIFUL God would TORMENT and TORTURE any of his creation for ALL ETERNITY.
However, the word of God does not teach ETERNAL TORMENT in flames of fire for all eternity, but rather teaches us that the wicked who reject God will be cast into the lake of fire to be destroyed to be no more. I cover the verses that clearly teach this truth in the study “IS THE DOCTRINE OF HELL BIBLICAL?”. “DOES REVELATION 20:10 TEACH ETERNAL TORMENT?”, and “IS THE SOUL OF MAN IMMORTAL?”.
But for now let us take a closer look at another misunderstood view of God's WILL and SOVEREIGNTY that I believe has caused many false teachings from God's word. Please read the study “THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD” for a deeper understanding of TRUE BIBLICAL sovereignty of God as opposed to the many man made doctrines on this subject. But for now I will just say that God has placed LIMITS upon himself and he is FAITHFUL to follow and do what he said he will do. YES, most certainly God is ABLE to anything he chooses to do, but the truth of the matter is that God has made the CHOICE NOT to do some things. For example God has said in his word that it is IMPOSSIBLE for God to LIE. Well ALL things are POSSIBLE with God, but God has CHOSEN for himself and LIMITED himself from LYING. God is ABLE to LIE, but God has CHOSEN NOT to lie and he will do what he said he will do.
The next thing that seems to cause believers to stumble and be deceived by false teaching is that they believe since it is God's WILL, then it will be DONE without fail. Many Christians do not realize that God's WILL is NOT the SAME as God DECREEING something to BE. Let me explain what I mean by this.
In the beginning God said Light BE and light was or light came into existence. But no where in God's word does God decree ALL of mankind BE SAVED. Can you see the difference between God WILLING or DESIRING all of mankind to be saved as opposed to God DECREEING all of mankind to be saved. Earlier in this study we took a look at Ezekiel chapter 33 where we see God PLEADING with the wicked to TURN from their wicked ways do do that which is right in order to live. Does does NOT want to DESTROY the wicked. God takes NO PLEASURE in the death of the wicked, but rather God DESIRES or WILLS that ALL of the wicked REPENT or TURN from their wicked ways and LIVE.
So then when we read verse like 2 Peter 3:9, which says,
This does NOT mean that ALL of mankind will without fail COME to REPENTANCE. God DESIRES that ALL of mankind see and understand his great LOVE for them, but if they themselves make the CHOICE NOT to BELIEVE, then God has no choice but to remain FAITHFUL to what he has DECREED in his word, which it that the WICKED will be DESTROYED. God has LIMITED himself by what he has SPOKEN in his word. Therefore since God has DECREED in his word that the WAGES of SIN is DEATH, then God must honor and be FAITHFUL to perform his word.
Here is the argument that Universalism gives for being God's WILL for mankind to be saved.
1 Timothy 2:3-6: "This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires ALL people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for ALL, which is the testimony given at the proper time." There are basically three ways this passage can be interpreted:
desires all people to be saved. He gave His only Begotten Son to save
everyone. But He can't save anyone except those who are willing to be
Unfortunately these are not straw men. I have heard and read each of these views from those who hold them. Which one sounds most plausible?
You see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, BOTH the Calvinist and the Universalist have a misunderstood view of what the SOVEREIGNTY of God truly mean according to the whole word of God. Calvinism teaches that since it is God's WILL for all of mankind to be saved and God is SOVEREIGN, then ALL of mankind MUST be SAVED. But they ALSO see in Gods word that ALL of mankind will NOT be SAVED. Therefore they FALSELY conclude that God must have a hidden or secret will where he had specifically CHOSEN only a select few specific individuals to be saved, thus reconciling the apparent contradiction in God's word in their own eyes.
As I have said before it is the INTERPRETATION of particular verses that cause these apparent contradictions in God's word. Both Calvinism Universalism incorrectly understand the SOVEREIGNTY of God, and therefore FALSELY conclude that since it is God's WILL then it MUST be done, because God is SOVEREIGN.
The truth of the matter is that God has DECREED some things in his word, while at other times God has just share his DESIRE or his WILL to us. In others words, God has DECREED that he has set before us BLESSING and CURSING, LIFE and DEATH, but God's WILL is that we CHOOSE LIFE and BLESSING.
So you see my dear brothers ans sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, it is NOT that God is not POWERFUL or mighty enough to save all of mankind, but rather that he himself has CHOSEN the WAY or the MEANS by which his so great a salvation is to be RECEIVED by mankind. Therefore IF any man does not COME to God on HIS TERMS, then God must HONOR his word and DO what he DECREED that he will do. Other wise God will be a liar and no one could TRUST him ever again.
So again, God does NOT DESIRE or God does NOT WILL that any man should perish, but rather God is long suffering, patient, kind, and his goodness is leading man to REPENTANCE, but it is up to each individual person to make their OWN choice of whether or not to REPENT of their sins and serve God in RIGHTEOUSNESS. It is not that God is to WEAK to MAKE all men to love him, but rather it is that God has CHOSEN the foolishness of PREACHING to SAVE those of mankind who BELIEVE. This brings us to another verse of scripture that is used by those that teach Universalism to TRY and show that ALL of mankind will eventually be saved. The verse of scripture is 1 Timothy 4:10, which is used on the logo of Tentmaker.org's website.
1 Timothy 4:10: "We have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe." The meaning is so clear it's transparent! God IS the Savior of everyone! He is the Savior of believers now and He will save everyone else in due time.
Now if one simple reads over this verse it APPEARS to being saying that God will SAVE ALL PEOPLE and that he ESPECIALLY saves those that BELIEVE. In other words, some have INTERPRETED this verse to mean that there are DIFFERENT DEGREES of SALVATION, in that God SAVES ALL the people, but he ESPECIALLY or in a SPECIAL manner saves those who BELIEVE.
But is this truly what this verse is saying? Let us take a CLOSER look at the Greek word that is TRANSLATED here as “ESPECIALLY” and see what the original text teaches us. The Greek word used here is “MALISTA” and come from the Greek word “MALLON”, which means “RATHER”
In other words, 1 Timothy 4:10 should read,
The word “SPECIALLY or ESPECIALLY means RATHER, therefore God is the Savior of ALL men, or RATHER, that is to say MORE SPECIFICALLY God is the Savior of those who make the CHOICE to BELIEVE the preaching of the gospel. In other words, Jesus DIED to provide a WAY for all men to be saved, but it is ONLY obtained by WHOSOEVER of mankind who BELIEVES. And this interpretation AGREES with the rest of God's word, whereas the INTERPRETATION of Universalism CONTRADICTS many places in God's word that clearly teaches us that God has DECREED in his word that the should that SINS shall DIE even though it is NOT God's will or desire that any should PERISH.
I believe I have cover most every argument given by those who teach Universalism and have clearly shown that the verses the use to TRY and support their teaching that ALL of mankind will eventually be saved have been taken OUT of CONTEXT and have been incorrectly interpreted to say something they are not truly saying. The verses that I did not go into are the same verse used to teach Calvinism, which I cover in detail in the study called "EXAMINING CALVINISM in the LIGHT of God's WORD", and "WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT CALVINISM?".
So I conclude that BOTH the teaching of Calvinism and Universalism are FALSE teachings.
Jesus did in fact DIE or pay the PRICE for the sins of EVERY SINGLE human being, but the word of God ALSO teaches us that God has chosen a MEANS BY WHICH this gift of eternal life is to be RECEIVED. Therefore those of mankind who do NOT make the choice to follow and obey God's PLAN or TERMS will indeed PERISH even though it is NOT God's WILL or DESIRE for them to be DESTROYED in the lake of FIRE.
You see God did not prepare the EVERLASTING FIRE for MANKIND, but rather God prepare this everlasting destruction of the Devil and the fallen ANGELS. Please read Matthew 25:41.
We are told in Isaiah 5:14 that hell has ENLARGED herself, which to me says that God never intended any of mankind to be cast into hell and that hell was prepared specifically for the Devil and his angels.
Now to me, if God were truly SOVEREIGN in the WAY that many dogmatically teach that God is God and God all knowing, all powerful and outside of time seeing the beginning from the end, then SURELY God would have KNOWN to make hell LARGE ENOUGH to hold the wicked sinners of mankind when he prepared this pit of everlasting fire called the second death. There are many places in God's word that do not AGREE with the WAY many teach about the SOVEREIGNTY of Almighty God. You may find the study “THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD” to be quite different than what many of us have been taught by way of MAN'S OPINION of how they themselves have INTERPRETED some verse to mean.
Thanks for reading and if you have some verses that have convinced you to believe this teaching of Universalism that I did not cover or I did not explain it very well, then please write me and share your thoughts.
May God bless you richly as you continue to seek the truth of the whole word of God. Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,
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