Scriptures to the Witness of God being the Father of ALL, and Jesus being the Savior of ALL. Part 15
Peter saw, in the vision of the vessel like a sheet knit at the four corners, that all men came down from heaven; that they are all encircled in the kind care of God, while here on earth; and , that "all will be drawn up again into heaven." See Acts 10; and 11) We are not to call unclean what God has called clean.
Paul says that the free gift of life is given to ALL people, as the sin of one was inflicted upon All people. "As, by the offense of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life." (Rom. 5:18) Wow, what a Savior. It teaches us, that the free gift of eternal life affects ALL as the sin of one man did affect ALL. On the one hand we are told, judgment came upon ALL men by sin; on the other we find, that "the free gift came upon ALL men unto justification of life." This free gift is eternal life, see Rom. 6:23.
Paul also says, "For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." The same many that were made sinners, Paul declares "shall be made righteous." This seems to me to assert the salvation of ALL people. If the many, in the first part of the verse means ALL mankind, from first to last, who without exception, are made sinners, so the many in the latter part of the verse includes ALL, who are said will be made righteous, through the obedience of Christ, must mean ALL MANKIND, from the beginning to the end of the world, without exception. If ALL men are condemned by the offense of one, the same ALL men are justified by the righteousness of One.
Grace abounds much more than sin, so that in the end ALL shall partake of everlasting life. "Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound; that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness, unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 5:20,21) What an AMAZING GRACE! Grace shall conquer sin? In every heart where sin has reigned, grace shall will triumph. Grace shall reign triumphantly and successfully. We do not see the ALL of that as a reality as of yet; but it WILL be done for it is the WILL of God and NO man's will an usurp the WILL of God.
Paul teaches, that the same creature which was made subject to vanity, "shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption, into the glorious liberty of the children of God." (Rom. 8:21) Is it not reasonable that creature, in the passage, signifies, "every human creature," "all mankind." Would it not be reasonable to assume that man was made subject to vanity, not by choice, but by reason of him who had subjected the same in hope; because every human creature shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.
Romans 11:25-32 reads; "My brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be in the dark about this mystery—I am going to let you in on the plan so that you will not think too highly of yourselves. A part of Israel has been hardened to the good news until the full number of those outside the Jewish family have entered in. This is the way that all of Israel will be saved. As it was written, so it also stands:The Deliverer will come from Zion;He will drive away wickedness from Jacob. And this is My covenant promise to them, on the day when I take away their sins."
Paul teaches the salvation of ALL Jews and Gentiles. "Blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in ; and so "ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED." The cultivated olive tree provides Paul with a beautiful image of how believing Jews and non-Jews were organically connected in the plan of God. Life flows from the earth to the branches...some natural...some grafted in. Paul wants to make sure the grafted branches know they have not arrived on their own; their spiritual life and vitality flow from the root, Israel. God is the Farmer who has tenderly grafted them into the sturdy stock on the basis of faith. So pride and arrogance are completely out of place for those grafted branches. They will bear fruit only as they remain connected by faith to the stock.
God has assigned all of us together...Jews and Gentiles... (ALL people) to disobedience so He can show His mercy to ALL people.
The terms, Jews and Gentiles is the biblical inclusive of ALL mankind. Paul teaches the ultimate salvation of both Jews and Gentiles, that is, ALL men. What thinking man can pretend, that by the fullness of the Gentiles He meant only a small portion of them, and by ALL Israel, He meant only a small part of Israel? Was it such a view, that led Paul to exclaim, at the conclusion of his argument on this subject, "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God?" If Jesus died to save the whole, and only succeeded in saving a fraction, His cross-work was not finished?
Paul teaches, that in life or in death we are the Lord's. "For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live we live unto the Lord; and whether we die we die unto the Lord; whether we live, therefore, or die, we are the Lord's." (Rom. 14:7, 8). Does Paul mean ALL mankind? Does he mean to teach, that ALL without exception, are the Lord's? I believe he does. He adds in verse 9, "For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living." Would not the words "dead and living," mean that ALL the human race....making ALL the human race Christ's for ever?
Paul's record is, "As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Cor. 1:22). "If any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature." (2 Cor. 15:17). Therefore, if ALL shall be made alive in Christ, they shall ALL be new creatures in the resurrection of the dead. If Paul's ALL did not mean ALL the human race It probably should have been written like this, as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall a select few shall be made alive. But this is not the apostle's doctrine. His expressions are equally universal in each clause. ALL die in Adam. The same ALL, without any exception, without any restriction, shall by Christ be restored to life, and ultimately to right standing with God."