Scriptures to the Witness of God being the Father of ALL, and Jesus being the Savior of ALL. Part 17
Paul repeated the testimony of Jeremiah, concerning God's covenant with the house of Israel; "all shall know me, from the least to the greatest." (Heb. 8:11) This is a pledge of the previous salvation of the Gentile world. Scripture assures us, that the Gentiles shall be fellow-heirs with the Jews, of the blessings of the Gospel. God says, "all shall know me, from the least to the greatest." ALL the children of Israel, ALL the descendants of Abraham; not those who may happen to be upon the earth at that particular time, but the people of ALL time. This is similar to what Paul declares in Rom. 11:26.
When God chastens His children "for our profit," causing all chastisement "afterward to yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." (Heb. 12:10,11) How, then, can the doctrine of endless punishment in hell be true? If God's chastisements afterward yield the peaceable fruits of righteousness, how can they be endless punishment?
"The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from ALL sin." (1 John 1:7) There is no sin, that the blood of Christ will not forgive. Though our sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; and, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Jesus can save the chief of sinners. (1 Tim. 1:15) He has the will, the ability and the power; therefore, ALL men will be saved by His grace because what He has declared will come to pass.
"For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8) Sin was dealt with at the cross, and will be destroyed in regard to its manifestation; but people are God's workship and will not spend eternity in the torture chamber of hell. Jesus destroyed sin; he came into the world for that special purpose; and, having begun the work, he will not give over, until it is completely accomplished in the lives of ALL men.
The record, which God has given of his Son, is this; "That God hath given to us eternal life; and this life is in his Son." (1 John 5:11) Who are called on to believe it...all mankind. If any man believe it not, he makes God a liar, by saying, that God's record is not true. God, then, has certainly given eternal life to ALL men in His divine purpose.
John, the revelator, said: "And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, forever and ever." (Rev. 5:13) Here is another instance of the "common periphrasis" of the Hebrew and New Testament writers referring to ALL men. Every creature shall at last pay divine honors to God and the Lamb.
John also writes: "Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name, for thou only art holy ; for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest." (Rev. 15:4) Does this mean only ALL those nations who may happen to be upon the earth at a certain time? or, does it mean "ALL nations," in the sense of the divine promise to Abraham? He also says: "The tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." (Rev. 21:3) When this is fulfilled, ALL men will be reconciled to God. The Gospel is designed to make every heart the dwelling-place of the Holy Spirit; and, when the purpose of the Gospel shall be fully accomplished, God shall reign in the hearts of ALL men.
He also declares, that "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH, neither sorrow, nor crying; neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away." (Rev. 21:4) Thus, we see the doctrine of eternal weeping, eternal sorrow, eternal pain, is false. And, although we read, in the Scriptures, of the second death, yet, there will come a time when "THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH."
God request believers to pray for the salvation of ALL men, which He would not do, if it were opposed to His will; because, "if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us," (1 John 5:14) and because "the desire of the righteous shall be granted." (Prov. 10:24)
Peter said; "Believing you rejoice with joy unspeakable and FULL OF GLORY." Can it be possible that they believed in the doctrine of endless torture in hell's fire? Would this have made them rejoice with unspeakable joy? It sure would NOT make me rejoice to see the suffering of people going through such torture.
"All things shall be subdued unto Christ...Christ shall be subject unto him that put all things under him, that GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL." (1 Cor. 15:28)