Matter of Faith: What shall become of humans?


(5/13/2019)

From: Jamie Smith
Wabasha

What will become of the human race? At the end, when God has done all that He will do, will any yet be unsaved? When all that will be saved are saved, will there yet be any who will not be saved?

I must say that Christianity is disappointing as it is quite unmoved by those it would condemn to eternal conscious torment just so long as the Christian will be indulging in opulent gold mansions as a reward for what they believe and do. I’ve heard such talk at funerals.

We claim to believe Scripture. Do we believe the following?

1 Jn. 4:14: “And we have gazed upon Him, and are testifying that the Father has dispatched the Son, the Saviour of the world.”

Jn. 6:38: “for I have descended from heaven, not that I should be doing My will, but the will of Him Who sends Me.” And what is that will? 1 Tim. 2:4: “Who wills that all mankind be saved and come into a realization of the truth.”

Mt. 20:15: “Is it not allowed me to do what I want with that which is mine?”

Jn. 12:47: “And if ever anyone should be hearing My declarations and not be maintaining them, I am not judging him, for I came not that I should be judging the world, but that I should be saving the world.”

Lk. 19:10: “For the Son of Mankind came to seek and to save the lost.”

1 Tim. 1:15: “Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all welcome, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, foremost of whom am I.”

What then, if our heart does not want all to be saved? 1 Jn. 3:20: “seeing that, if our heart should be censuring us, God is greater than our heart, and He knows all.”

Eph. 3:20: “Now to Him Who is able to do superexcessively above all that we are requesting or apprehending, according to the power that is operating in us,” Jer. 32:17: “Alas, my Lord Yahweh! Behold, You Yourself made the heavens and the earth by Your great vigor and by Your outstretched arm; Nothing at all is too marvelous for You.”

1 Jn. 4:8: “He who is not loving knew not God, for God is love.”

A word is a thought picture. We must know what words mean and accept their significance. Many pharisees did not understand the grand meaning of the Hebrew Scriptures. They emphasized their biases and compromised the rest. Jesus said to them in Matthew 9:13 (quoting Hosea 6:6): “Now go, learn what this is: Mercy am I wanting, and not sacrifice. For I did not come to call the just but sinners.”

To the Pharisee, this was unacceptable. Likewise today, even seeing all of the above Scriptures — and indeed they are only a fraction of this type of communication declaring God’s purpose to save all — many, even most, do not understand.

 

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