1. The Justification and Making Righteous of All.
"So then as through one trespass the judgment came unto all men to condemnation; even so through one act of righteousness the free gift came unto all men to justification of life. For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One shall the many be made righteous" (Rom. 5:18-19).
"For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in Him should all the fulness dwell; and through him to reconcile all things unto Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens" (Col. 1:19-20).
Reconciliation means the removal of all alienation and enmity, thus making peace.
"For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be MADE ALIVE. But each in his own ORDER; Christ the firstfruits; then they that are Christ's at his coming; then the end [ORDER]. The last enemy that shall be abolished is death" (See 1 Cor. 15:20-26).
The making alive in this passage is more than resurrection alone. It is a making alive beyond the power and reach of death as will be seen from the experience of Christ the FIRSTFRUITS, and those who are Christ's at His coming. Resurrection may be only to mortality as in the case of Lazarus, etc. Making alive here is unto incorruption and immortality (1 Tim. 6:13-16; 1 Cor. 15:50-57).
"For, He put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He saith, all things are put in subjection, it is evident that He is excepted [none others] Who did subject all things unto Him. And when all things have been subjected unto Him, then shall THE SON ALSO HIMSELF BE SUBJECTED to Him that did subject all things unto Him, that GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL" (1 Cor. 15:27-28; Phil. 2:9-11; Eph. 1:9-11, 19-23).
But someone protests, Will not believing that God is the Savior of all do away with evangelistic fervor and zeal? It did not affect the Apostle Paul in this manner. On the contrary it increased his fervor and zeal. "For to this end we labor and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, Who is the Savior of all men" (1 Tim. 4:10; see also 2 Cor. 5:13-21). We must ever distinguish between the fact of the salvation of all and the manner in which God brings it to pass. He condescends to work through human instrumentality (Rom 10:11-15; 1 Cor. 1:21). Genuine believers will live and work unto this end continually. It is invigorating to know that complete success is assured ultimately.
Again someone may say, Yes, it does seen to be true but it is a dangerous doctrine and should not be taught. God says, "THESE THINGS COMMAND AND TEACH." Shall we obey God or man? Shall we seek God's pleasure or man's? Those who seek to please man are not slaves of Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:10). Shall we who know Him and have had our eyes opened to the glorious triumph of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ sit idly by and let reproach be heaped upon His name without protesting? Think how the teaching of end less punishment slanders God and Jesus Christ, for we know Christ died for all. Does God lack the goodness, the power, the love, the grace to save all? Every attribute of God is slandered by the unscriptural teaching of eternal punishment. God says punishment is age-lasting, man says everlasting. Let us believe God and not man.
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