Scriptures to the Witness of God being the Father of ALL, and Jesus being the Savior of ALL. Part 14
Isaiah said, "the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and ALL flesh shall see it together." (Isa. 40:5) This is the declaration of God, for the prophet adds, "the mouth of the lord hath spoken it." If the Lord hath declared, that ALL flesh shall see his glory together, it will be done.
Isaiah represents the Gospel as being completely successful in accomplishing the purpose for which it was sent into the world"...that, as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and return not thither, but water the earth, and cause it to bring forth and bud, so shall the word of God be; it shall not return void, but it shall accomplish the divine pleasure, and prosper in the thing for which God sent it. (Isa. 45:10,11) Therefore, if we believe that God sent the Gospel to benefit ALL mankind, will not that be completely accomplished. If any reject the Gospel, and are lost forever, can it be said in truth, that God's word does not return unto Him void?
Isaiah said of Christ, "I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth." (Isa.49:6) In this verse, the prophet affirms, that the blessings of the Gospel should not be confined to the Jews. "I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles;" for what purpose? Answer; "that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth." Does not this verse signify the greatest possible extension of the blessings of the Gospel that of redemption. Is this consistent with the supposed fact, that countless trillions of the human race shall never receive the blessing of the Gospel?
Jeremiah recorded concerning the covenant God made with the house of Israel, " I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their heats; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his Neighbor, and every man his brother, saying , know the Lord; for they shall ALL know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." (Jer. 31:33,34) The spirit of the passage is reconciliation for ALL people. What God here saith He will do for the Jews, He will also do for the Gentiles. The former is a pledge of the latter.
Daniel said, about the reign of Christ, "there was given Him dominion, and glory and a kingdom, that ALL people, nations, and languages, should serve Him; His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom, that which shall not be destroyed." (Dan. 7:14) If ALL people, nations, and languages serve the Savior, will they be in the torment of hell? Should not this passage be applied to ALL for whom Christ died. Jesus seems to have referred to the declaration of the prophets, in what He said after His resurrection. (Matt. 28:18)
Hosea said, "I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave (Sheol), I will be thy destruction." (Hosea 13:14) Let the light of inspiration guide us. St. Paul applies these words to the resurrection of the dead, at the last day. (1 Cor. 15:54,55) At the resurrection of the dead, then, God will destroy Sheol. He does not raise His creatures from the dead in order to punish them forever in sheol, for sheol shall then be destroyed.
Jesus, when on earth, preached in such a manner that the people "wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth." (Luke 4:22) Could this be, if He had threatened the people with everlasting hell fire. He preached salvation to sinful, guilty man; He preached the love of God to the whole world; and declared, that God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but, that the world, through Him, might be saved. It is no wonder people wonder at such an "Amazing Grace".
Jesus inculcated the strongest confidence in God; and reasoned in the most tender and judicious manner with the people, to dissuade them from taking anxious thought for the future. Matt. 6:25-34. is one of the most striking passages in the whole New Testament. The object of the Savior was, to encourage, in the hearts of those whom He addressed, the most implicit confidence in God, for all future blessings. God is good; He is kind, even to the unthankful and to the evil; therefore said the Savior, "take no anxious thought." Be not afraid; God will do you good. He has already proved His love for you. He takes care of the lower orders of His creation; why wouldn't He take care of His crowning creation? You worry about life after death. Sufficient unto the present is the evil thereof. Such is the spirit of the passage, which is perfectly consistent with All people finding redemption...it also utterly destroys the doctrine of endless punishment in hell's flames..
Jesus warned the people against the doctrine of the Pharisees, who believed in endless punishment. Matt 16:6; compare verse 12. There is no doubt, that the doctrines of the Pharisees were partial to their man-made beliefs. Jesus was impartial in His teachings. He was the friend of publicans and sinners, and for this the Pharisees hated him. This was the great point on which He differed from the Pharisees. Their doctrine peculiarly was a doctrine of cruelty, wrath, that supported their beliefs; His was a doctrine of, compassion, love and grace to ALL. If one will make the comparison between the teaching of the Pharisees and Jesus fairly, one will come to this conclusion. Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees...that beware extends to today.
Jesus reproved the self-righteous religious Pharisees for shutting up the kingdom of heaven. "Woe into you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." (Matt. 23:13) These Pharisees were never charged with having shut up the kingdom of hell; that, they appear to have kept open as do the religionists of our day. But they shut up the kingdom of heaven. Jesus desired to have all men enjoy His kingdom; and we are assured, that eventually, ALL shall know the Lord, from the least unto the greatest. They will then ALL have entered the gospel kingdom.