THE GRANDEST TRUTH
IN THE SCRIPTURES
Are you Tardy of Heart to be Believing ALL?
DO YOU BELIEVE ALL?
THE BIBLE seems to teach two different destinies for unbelieving mankind.
Almost all agree that the believer, who trusts alone in the blood of Christ, is certain of
eternal bliss. But those who do not believewhat is
their destiny? Many insist that they will be tormented forever, others say that they will
cease to exist, and a few believe that they also will eventually be saved. All bring
forward texts from the Bible. In each group are earnest, consecrated Christians who desire
to know the truth and to live it out.
Teachers of eternal torment find quite a few strong texts in
the Bible, such as the phrase everlasting punishment in Matthew 25:46.
However, according to other divine declarations, all men will be saved, justified, made
alive, and finally reconciled to God (1 Tim. 4:10; Rom. 5:18; 1 Cor 15:22; Col. 1:20). How
can this be true? What is the cause of this clash?
It lies in the translation, not in the inspired Original. The
words everlasting, eternal, forever, forever and ever, all come from a word meaning age or
eon. There are five of these. We are living in the third. Two are future. They are called
the eons of the eons. This is translated forever and ever. Even in English we
can see that forever cannot be endless if and ever may be added to
it. Forever lasts until the new earth. And ever commences then.
These words never denote endlessness.
An age or eon is a definite period of time.
The present eon began at the flood and will last to the
coming of Christ. The next eon will last for a thousand years.
The Scriptures speak of a time before the eons (1 Cor. 2:7).
They were not eternal in the past. They also speak of the ends of the eons (1 Cor. 10:11).
They will not be everlasting in the future. They will come to a close at the
end or consummation, when the Son abdicates the throne in favor of the Father
(1 Cor. 15:24). The throne of the Son lasts for the eon of the eon, not forever and ever
Everlasting punishment is for only one age or eon
(Matt 25:46). Eternal torment is limited to the age-times or eonian times.
This leaves us free to believe all of Gods word. It
magnifies the cross of Christ. It glorifies God. Sin, judgment, and death are temporary,
confined to the times of the eons. After the ages of the ages (usually rendered forever
and ever) Gods great purpose will be fully accomplished. The eonian life of the
believer will merge into the real eternal life, when death will be abolished, and all will
be made alive in Christ, even as all are dying in Adam (1 COR 15:22). All mankind will be
justified (Rom. 5:18). The entire universe will be reconciled to God through the blood of
Christ's cross (Col. 1:20). God will become All in all.
Here is a God worthy of your worship and adoration!
SALVATION OF ALL
For God locks up all together in stubbornness, that He should be merciful
to all (Romans 11:32).
Our Savior, God, Who wills that all mankind be saved and come into a
realization of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).
We rely on the living God, Who is the Savior of all mankind (1
JUSTIFICATION OF ALL
Through one offense for all mankind for condemnation, thus also ...
through one just award for all mankind for life's justifying (Romans 5:18).
VIVIFICATION OF ALL
For even as, in Adam, all are dying, thus also, in Christ, shall all be
vivified (1 Coronthians 15:22).
RECONCILIATION OF ALL
Through Him to reconcile all to Him, making peace through the blood of
His cross (Colossians 1:20).
A. E. Knoch
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