#2 – Profound Biblical Proof for the Restoration of All Things

Before we begin the 1st series of blogs on the Greek and Hebrew words translated as “eternal, forever and everlasting,” I would like to present a small selection of Scriptures that defend my position on Universal Reconciliation.  I do this b/c, like I did when I first encountered it, there are some who will judge it as having no support in Scripture.  But this couldn’t be further from the truth.  For there are so many verses about this that it would astound you.  We simply do not notice them b/c of our presumption that hell is endless.

What follows is merely a small selection.  I have to refrain from sharing all of them b/c it would simply take too long to read through.  Nevertheless I hope that what little I share here blesses you as it has me.

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When the angels appeared to the shepherds to announce Christ’s birth, they said,

“Behold, I bring you Good News of great joy, which will be for all people.”  (Luke 2:10)

This was the beginning of the Gospel and it truly was Good News (Gospel means Good News).   Christ was going to pay our unimaginable sin debt!

“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

And doing so Christ would become the Savior of mankind.

“The Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” (1 John 4:14)

And saving us from our sin, He reconciled the whole world to God.

“God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself.” (2 Corinthians 5:19)

I’m sure I don’t need to mention that these are all statements, they are not conditional.  They are established fact (from Scripture’s point of view).  Christ has taken away the sin of the whole world, He is the Savior of the whole world, God has reconciled the whole world to Himself!  Think about that.

Unfortunately, this is the part of the Good News that is most often overlooked. Very few realize that Christ’s Atonement covers ALL men.

“He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.”  (1 John 2:2)

“God is the savior of all men, especially of believers.” (1 Timothy 4:10)

That word ‘especially’ does not mean it excludes the first group, it simply refers to a ‘special’ salvation for the second group.  It is always used in this sense; for example,

“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the  household of  the faith.” (Galatians 6:10; see also Acts 25:26; 1 Corinthians 14:1; 2 Corinthians 1:12; Philippians 4:22 and etc…)

You see,

“It is God’s will (Gr. Boulomai – to will, to choose) that none should perish but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

And

“God will have (Gr. – Thelo – to exercise the will) all men be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4)

And we know that

“God works all things after the council of His will (Gr. – Boule, a derivative of Boulomai).”  (Ephesians 1:11; see also Isaiah 46:10; Psalm 135:6, etc…)

Therefore,

“the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.” (Titus 2:11)

“For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be made alive.” (1 Corinthians 15:22)

This is called a parallelism, where the second line is equal to the first line.  It is a poetic form of connecting two concepts.  Therefore the “all” who will be made alive in Christ is equal to the “all” who died in Adam (which was everybody).

And if that doesn’t sound convincing enough, Paul says it another way elsewhere,

“So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, so also through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.” (Romans 5:18; see also the surrounding verses 15-21)

“For by Him all things were created,  both in the heavens and on earth…and it was the Father’s good pleasure…through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:16-20)

The “all things” that were reconciled through Christ are the same “all things” that were created through Him (which is everything – see John 1:3, etc…).

For Christ promised that,

“If I am lifted up from the earth (a term for death on a cross), I will draw all men unto Myself.” (John 12:32)

The word draw literally means “to drag” (Gr. – Helko).  The Louw and Nida Greek Lexicon defines it this way, “to drag or pull by physical force, often implying resistance.” See James 2:6, Acts 16:9 and John 21:6,11 for good examples.

Therefore,

“For this reason also, God  highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Philippians 2:9-11).

This is a partial quote from Isaiah which says,

“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.  I have sworn by Myself, the word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness and will not turn back, that to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. (Isaiah 45:22-25)

This is not wishful thinking on God’s part, He swears by His holy character that this is going to happen!  I have no doubt that we all believe God concerning this, but what is significant and what we sometimes overlook is that,

“…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”  (Romans 10:9,10)

A couple verses later Paul concludes his remarks on salvation saying,

“…the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  (Romans 10:13)

You see, confessing Jesus Christ as Lord produces salvation, no matter what kind of person you were and no matter if it happens in this life, or the next.  This is b/c,

“no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:3)

Therefore eventually EVERY tongue will confess Jesus Christ is Lord and be saved.  That is why Paul says,

“to this end Christ both died and rose again, that He might be Lord both of the living and the dead.” (Romans 14:9)

But the appointed time for all men to confess Jesus Christ as Lord is yet waiting.  For,

“heaven must receive [Jesus] until the period of the restoration of all things about which  God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time.” (Acts 3:21)

And so it will be that,

“in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and in the earth.” (Ephesians 1:10)

For,

“God is going to make all things new, both in heaven and in the earth.” (Revelation 21:1,5)

And then,

“creation will be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.” (Romans 8:21)

For when

“The last enemy to be abolished is death (this would have to include the second death)…then all things will finally be subjected to God…and God will be all in all.”  (1 Corinthians 15:25-28)

So even though there will be judgment and wrath,

His wrath is but a moment, but His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 30:5, 103:9)

B/c,

“Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13)

Therefore,

“Men are not cast off by the Lord forever, for though He causes grief, yet He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness.” (Lamentations 3:31,32)

Thus,

“God has shut up all in disobedience, so that He may have mercy on all.” (Romans 11:32)

“For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.” (2 Samuel 14:14)

Therefore,

“the gospel has for this purpose been preached even to the dead, that though they are judged in the flesh as men, they may live in the spirit according to the will of God.” (1 Peter 4:6)

Praise God!  The Gospel truly is Good News of great joy which will be for ALL people!  And when all of creation are redeemed and free, they will have nothing but gratefulness and praise in their hearts toward God!  And then,

“All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord.  And all the families of the nations will worship before You.” (Psalm 22:27)

“And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, ‘To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.’ And the four living creatures said, ‘Amen.'” (Revelation 5:13,14)

I hope that this small taste gives you an idea of just how prolific the Scriptures are on this issue. We will have many more verses like these to look at in the 4th series, but before we get there we must lay some foundation.  And as we go on, I hope that you too will begin to see that all the evidence points toward this one conclusion; that God is going to save all mankind.

Thank you for reading, I hope that you will continue to do so.

About Luke Kessler

Luke Kessler has a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies (not that that matters to God) and spent some time as a missionary in Asia. It was there, through unique circumstances that God began to reveal His glorious plan to save all men. God brought his time of missions to an end and Luke now works in Construction on the Central Coast in California. He enjoys spending his free time studying God's Word and the signs of the times, and sharing what God has shown him every opportunity he has. If you can figure the following out, feel free to contact him by email (his Yahoo account spelled out so as to avoid spam is "luke" then "land" then the number "7") :)
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2 Responses to #2 – Profound Biblical Proof for the Restoration of All Things

  1. Dear Luke Kessel.

    You made many quotes and may I just address some of them. For space sake I will not comment on all here but would be happy to do so in a separate email.

    You quoted Luke 2: 10.

    Behold, I bring you Good News of great joy, which will be for all people.” (Luke 2:10)

    The Concordant version says;.

    I am bringing you [good news] an evangel of great joy which will be for “the entire people.”

    Comment:

    The context from Luke 1: 67-80 shows that this “GOOD NEWS” was for the”ENTIRE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.”

    You also said;

    Unfortunately, this is the part of the Good News that is most often overlooked. Very few realize that Christ’s Atonement covers ALL men. [???????????]

    “He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)

    Comment:

    Propitiation under the law of Moses was exclusively [Leviticus 23: 27] for the children of Israel who committed offenses against the Sinai marriage covenant. John was writing to the Judeans in Judea and informing them that Christ had made propitiation not only for them in Judea, but also for the whole [Greek kosmos]. Hebrews 9: 15 proves this beyond doubt!

    The Kosmos John is referring to is the Kosmos [arrangement of the very few children of Israel then dwelling in Judea and the scattered bulk of the twelve tribes in the [Greek oikumene] the then known inhabitable lands of Asia Minor and Europe where the whole of Israel [James said all twelve tribes James 1: 1] had been dispersed by Yahweh for 700 years.

    If we read Luke 1: 67-80 your assumptions are proven to be false. Luke 1: 80 says;

    “…Now the little boy grows up and was staunch in spirit and was in the wilderness till the day of His indication “TO ISRAEL.” [exclusively] See Mathew 15: 24!

    You also said:

    “God is the savior of all men, especially of believers.” (1 Timothy 4:10)

    That word ‘especially’ does not mean it excludes the first group, it simply refers to a ‘special’ salvation for the second group. It is always used in this sense; for example,

    “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.” (Galatians 6:10; see also Acts 25:26; 1 Corinthians 14:1; 2 Corinthians 1:12; Philippians 4:22

    Comment.

    The household of faith is the “HOUSE OF ISRAEL.” [both groups]

    Ephesians 3: 1-11 Christogenea Translation puts it correctly!

    “… For this cause I, Paul, captive of Christ Yahshua on behalf of you of the Nations, if indeed you have heard of the management of the family [Household] of the favor of Yahweh which has been given to me in regard to you, seeing that by a revelation the mystery was made known to me (just as I had briefly written before, besides which reading you are able to perceive my understanding in the mystery of the Anointed,) which in other generations had not been made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed in His holy ambassadors and prophets by the Spirit, those Nations which are joint heirs and a joint body and partners of the promise in Christ Yahshua, through the good message of which I have become a servant in accordance with the gift of the favor of Yahweh which has been given to me, in accordance with the operation of His power. To me, the least of all saints, has been given this favor, to announce the good message to the Nations – the unsearchable riches of the Anointed, and to enlighten all concerning the management of the “HOUSEHOLD” of the mystery which was concealed from the ages by Yahweh, by whom all things are being established. In order that the exceedingly intricate wisdom of Yahweh would now become known to the realms and to the authorities in heavenly places through the assembly, in accordance with the purpose of the ages, which He has done in Yahshua Christ our Prince…”

    The Galatians were Israelites!

    “…Now before the coming of faith “WE” were garrisoned under law, being locked up together [both Households of Israel] for the faith about to be revealed. So that the law has become “OUR” escort to Christ that “WE” [both Houses of Israel] may be justified by faith…” Galatians 3: 23, 24.

    1 Corinthians 10: 1-4 tells us clearly that these Corinthians were Israelites.

    “…For I do not want you [Corinthians] to be ignorant, brethren, that “OUR” fathers “ALL” were under the cloud and “ALL” passed through the sea…”
    1 Corinthians 14: 1, 2 is addressed to the same Israelites of 1 Corinthians 10: 1-4

    Philippians 4:22 is referring to Israelites [Greek adelphos, same uterus] brethren dwelling at Caesars house.

    Romans 4: 1 is very explicit!

    “…What, then, shall “WE” [Romans] declare that Abraham “OUR” forefather, according to the flesh has found….”

    You are modifying what Paul told the Galatians in 3: 15 no man can repudiate or modify. Hebrews 9: 15 is very clear and it is disobedience to repudiate of modify what the spirit of God wrote through Paul to the Hebrews, who were Israelites exclusively!

    It would be superfluous to comment of the rest of your assertions.

    David.

    • Luke Kessler says:

      Thank you for your comment David!

      I must confess that I do not understand what your point is? Are you saying that when it refers to All mankind, or the Whole World, that they are terms exclusive to the two houses of Israel? Would that mean that you do not believe any race outside of the descendents of Israel and Judah are able to be saved?

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