Universalism, Part 3

The devil loves to spread the lie that all people will be with God in eternity.  What a nice deception.  However, the Bible’s message is summarized in the following, 

‘Boldly and without hindrance he [Paul] preached the Kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ.’  Acts 28:31

As Jesus Himself said, 

‘…No one comes to the Father except through Me….’  John 14:6b

That is why there will be a day of reckoning, 

‘For we will all stand before God’s Judgment Seat.’  Romans 14:10c

God has no favorites.  Each of us will be judged according to what he/she has done on earth.  Deceptive reasoning will not carry us through in that day.

This time of the year!

It is again this time of the year.  You know, chocolate eggs and bunnies are all very in vogue.  Why the bunnies and eggs?  The ruler of this world, the devil, does not want to be reminded of the irrevocable loss he suffered in his effort to get rid of Jesus.  So he tries to deflect it and scrap/erase the name of the Victor with another narrative – chocolate bunnies and eggs. 

Please don’t ignore the reason for this time of the year: the King on the Cross.   The King who died, was buried, resurrected, went back to heaven and sits at His Father’s right hand.  It is amazing that sections of the Church joins the confusion: was Jesus crucified and resurrected and did He ascend to His Father?  Some believe and some doubt.  

Who loves doubts about Jesus’ mission?  It is His enemy, Satan.  However, the facts are,  

  • If Jesus and the Cross is not real, then the Resurrection is not real.  
  • If the Resurrection is not real, the Gospel would not have spread all over the world. 
  • If the Gospel did not spread, we would not have it.  
  • But we do have it.  That means: 

The Resurrection is real because the Cross was real, because Jesus is real.  

Some notes: 

Jesus said to His disciples how the Gospel will spread, 

‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’  Acts 1:8

The Gospel did not spread by the sword or by laws.  It spread because people  recognized the miracle of a resurrected Jesus, 

‘After His [Jesus] suffering, He showed Himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that He was alive.’  Acts 1:3

And He will come back as the disciples saw Him go,

”They were looking intently up into the sky as He [Jesus] was going [back to His Father], when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.”‘  Acts 1:11

What do the bunnies and eggs prove?  Jesus is alive and well.  And those who have faith in Him will never be disappointed.

One Gospel, one Book

The Bible is the most precious book of all time.  Why?  It reveals the hope of eternal life,  

‘…This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.’  2 Timothy 1:9b-10 

The Gospel testifies that eternal life came through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  We might think that the ‘Gospel’ is only the four books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Amazingly the ‘Gospel’ includes the Old Testament.

‘Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God — the Gospel He promised beforehand in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His Resurrection from the dead….’  Romans 1:1-4

Therefore Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, tells us that the Old Testament is also the Gospel.   Jesus Christ, the omniscient Son of God, agreed,

“He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?’  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.”  Luke 24:25-27

‘Moses and all the Prophets’ was a direct reference to the ‘Scriptures.’  That is the Old Testament.  At the time Jesus spoke, the New Testament was not yet written.  The Epistles also form part of the Gospel, 

‘His [Paul’s] letters also contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.’  2 Peter 3:16    

Thus the Old and New Testament are the Scriptures, the Gospel.  We have 66 books that together reveal God’s plan for man through Jesus.  Which ends in immortality for the elect, chosen, loyal followers of Jesus.  Revelation 17:14b  

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