Please note that the construct of the verses above are such that they leave absolutely no room for any doubt whatsoever that the word ALL can only mean ALL without any exception. Apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, repeats the word ALL seven times before coming to the key verse, verse 20, where it says that God will reconcile all things to Himself through Jesus Christ. If you believe verse 16, in that Jesus Christ created all things in heaven, all things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, then you have no option but to also believe verse 20, which says that Jesus Christ will reconcile to God the Father the same all things, which He created.
Traditional Christianity, because of its long established and entrenched belief in the doctrine of Eternal Torture in Hell, is unable to accept at face value, the glorious truth contained in verse 20. This is why it has failed to understand God's Plan of Universal Reconciliation, which God is working out in Ages through Jesus Christ.
If you believe in the doctrine of endless torment in hell, then you do not believe in Colossians 1:15-20, and in your mind you have added to or taken away from the truth contained in these verses. Jesus Christ warns us not to add to or take away from His Word. (Revelation 22:18-19) The Bible is the Word of God and it never contradicts itself. The doctrine of hell and the truth of universal reconciliation through Jesus Christ cannot both be true at the same time. All contradictions in the Bible are totally due to either man's mistranslation or misinterpretation of the original relevant Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek words.
We challenge anyone, including theologians and Bible scholars, who believes in the doctrine of Eternal Torture in hell, to show us how their belief can be reconciled with the scripture Colossians 1:15-20, without adding to or taking away from its clear inspired meaning.
In this book, we will show you that the Bible from Genesis to Revelation upholds the truth of universal reconciliation and that it is the doctrine of hell, which is false and completely unbiblical. We will show you that there is not a single verse in the Bible, including those verses spoken by Jesus, which in any way contradicts the truth of universal reconciliation as stated in Colossians 1:15-20.
You may find it shocking to accept the full truth of Colossians 1:15-20, which clearly states that God will not only reconcile all men unto Himself, but He will also reconcile all fallen angels. 'Thrones or dominions or principalities or powers', as given in verse 16 above, definitely include Satan and the fallen angels. The truth that God will even reconcile Satan and the fallen angels exalts God's power, wisdom, love, forgiveness and His justice to the full. As God tells us to overcome evil with good, He also does the same. (Romans 12:21) God will ultimately overcome all evil with good, so that the purpose of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for universal reconciliation is fully accomplished.
Don't misunderstand, God is not soft on sin, and He never condones sin. God's power, love and His judgement will break all rebellion whether it is from men or angels. In God's time and in His order, which extends beyond this present age, all fallen men and all fallen angels will repent and willingly come to accept, by God given faith, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. The Eternal Kingdom of God of the New Heaven and the New Earth will not be established until God has reconciled all things in heaven and all things on earth through the blood of the cross.
The Greek word for reconcile used in Colossians 1:20 is apokatallasso. There are only three places in the whole of the New Testament where apokatallasso occurs. These are in Colossians 1:20, 21 and Ephesians 2:16. The context of these verses shows that reconciliation to God is only possible because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of the whole world. (1John 2:2)
Universal Reconciliation is also known by other terms such as Universal Salvation, Christian Universalism and Biblical Universalism.
Universal Reconciliation appeals to many non-Christian groups such as Humanists, and 'New Agers', but we reject all beliefs and teachings which are not supported by the Bible. Unfortunately, there are also some liberal Christian groups who claim to believe in Universal Salvation through Jesus Christ, yet they reject the authority of the Bible as the Word of God. We reject any and all liberal interpretation of Universal Reconciliation that is not totally in line with the Word of God, the Bible.
We know that our book will create a great deal of controversy in the Christian world because Universalism is considered a heresy by mainstream Christianity. However, God has powerfully revealed to us that HE IS THE SAVIOUR OF ALL MEN. (I Timothy 4:10) We are now compelled to communicate the FULL GOOD NEWS of the gospel of Jesus Christ as widely as possible and by all means available to us.
We know that there are some standard objections to Universal Salvation, such as, 'If God is going to save everyone, then why bother evangelising and why should unbelievers repent now?' or 'Surely you don't mean that even Hitler and Satan will be reconciled?' Furthermore, 'Doesn't this teaching take away our God given freewill to accept or reject Jesus Christ?' In our book, we will show you, from the Bible, that all such objections are unfounded.
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