Scriptures to the Witness of God being the Father of ALL, and Jesus being the Savior of ALL. Part 11
God promised to Abraham, his servant, that he would bless all mankind, in his seed. "In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed." (Gen. 12:3) "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." (Gen. 22:18)...All the nations of the earth, all the families of the earth, according to this promise, are to be blessed in the seed of Abraham.
The language is inclusive: it is without any condition. "All the nations of the earth shall be blessed." And who is this "seed of Abraham," in whom all the nations and families of the earth shall be blessed? Adam Clarke says, in his note on Gen. 12:3, "in thy posterity, in the Messiah, who shall spring from thee, shall all families of the earth be blessed; for as he shall take on him human nature, from the posterity of Abraham, he shall taste death for every man; his gospel shall be preached throughout the world, and innumerable blessings be derived on all mankind, through his death and intercession."
God made the same promise to Isaac. "I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father, and I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." (Gen. 26:3,4)...God saw fit to repeat the same promise to Isaac which he had made to his father Abraham.
The same promise was repeated to Jacob, the grandson of Abraham. "and in thee, and in thy seed, shall all the families of the earth be blessed." (Gen. 28:14)...The apostle Paul fully settles the question in regard to who is meant by the "seed of Abraham." He says, "Now to Abraham and his seed, were the promises made. He saith not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to thy seed, WHICH IS CHRIST." (Gal. 3:16)...Christ, then, is the seed of Abraham; and in him ALL the nations and families of the earth shall be blessed.
Peter, the apostle, understood this promise as referring to the salvation of ALL men from sin, by Jesus Christ. "Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, in thy seed shall all kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first, God, having raised up his son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." (Acts 3:25,26)...All nations of the earth, ALL families of the earth, and ALL kindreds of the earth, must surely include ALL mankind. The truth of this absolute, unconditional promise is, they shall ALL be blessed in Christ Jesus.
The apostle Paul repeats this promise, and calls it THE GOSPEL. "And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed." (Gal. 3:8)...This supports, that the blessing promised men in the seed of Abraham, is a spiritual, gospel blessing.
There is no threat of an eternity in torture chamber of hell found in the Scriptures, no law, no penalty, no punishment denounced, which when rightly understood, does not harmonize with the promise that ALL nations shall be blessed, for the law is not against the promises of God. "Is the law, then, against the promises of God? God forbid." (Gal. 3:21) God was careful to frame that law in such a manner, that not a single sentence, jot or tittle of it should contradict the promises made by Him to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and to the nations of the world.
It is also true, that not a single threatening of punishment for sin, or for unbelief, nor a denunciation of hell-fire, or condemnation of any kind of sin, cause the promises of God not to be fulfilled. Now as those promises most explicitly assert, the final blessing of all nations, kindreds, and families of the earth with redemption in Jesus Christ, therefore no portion of God's law, no threatening of punishment, should be so construed, interpreted, or explained, as to prevent the fulfillment of God's purpose. I believe the doctrine of endless suffering and torment for sin does contradict those promises therefore, that doctrine is not in keeping with any portion of the written word when interpreted correctly through the lens of Jesus.