Scriptures to the Witness of God being the Father of ALL, and Jesus being the Savior of ALL. Part 16
Death...the last enemy, will be destroyed. 1 Cor. 15. 26. If death is the last enemy, and if death shall be destroyed, there will be no enemies to relationship with God for man remaining after the resurrection, Paul, in his account of the resurrection, does not teach the existence of sin. "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption...it is raised incorruption...it is raised in glory...it is raised in power...it is raised a spiritual body." 1 Cor. 15: 42-44. The victory cry by Paul, "O death where is thy sting?" That surely means, that sin was absent, for "the sting of death is sin."
Paul records, "that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them." (2 Cor. 5:19) Notice It does not say, that God was in Christ reconciling Himself to the world, for He was never un-reconciled to the world; but God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. By the phrase "the world" undoubtedly includes ALL for whom Christ died...He died for ALL the people of the world. And what God WILLS, WILL come to pass.
Paul in writing to the Galatians wrote, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for ye are ALL one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Gal. 3:28, 29). According to what promise...according to the promise of God to Abraham, that in Him, and His seed...Christ...all the nations, kindreds and families of the earth shall be blessed. In Christ, therefore, none of the distinctions are known that Paul mentions here. "Ye are ALL one in Christ Jesus." That truth being settled, he adds, "and if you be Christ's...as he had already established...then are you Abraham's seed, that is, not by lineal descent, but spiritually, and heirs according to the promise."
Jesus was given "a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philip. 2:9-11) Now if the universe...ALL men without exception...will give praise and worship to Christ, will they be doing it from the horror house of hell? Doesn't the scriptures confirm that "if people confess with the mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in the heart that God hath raised him from the dead, they shall be saved." (Rom. 10:9)
It pleased the Father, by his son Jesus, "TO RECONCILE ALL THINGS UNTO HIMSELF, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." (Col. 1:19-20) It is God's pleasure "to reconcile all things unto himself"...an irrefutable argument to support the final abode of all men to be in the presence of God.
Paul directed Timothy to pray and give thanks for all men, which was agreeable to the will of God to "have all men to be save," who had appointed a mediator to give himself "a ransom for all." (1 Tim. 2:1-6) Paul's argument in this place is as follows: I exhort first, that supplication, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men. None are excluded from the divine favor; all have something to be grateful for; for God is kind and good to ALL. He will have ALL men to be saved, which gives support that His is out for the good of ALL men regarding their life hereafter.
God is called "the Savior of all men." (1 Tim. 4:10) This title is applied to Jehovah, because He is the source of salvation. He wills the salvation of ALL; He has purposed the salvation of ALL; He has promised salvation to ALL; and has confirmed that promise by an oath. Hence, He is originally the Savior of ALL men.
The "grace of God bringeth salvation to all men, and teacheth us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world." (Titus 2:11,12) Adam Clarke remarks, "It cannot be said, except in a very refined and spiritual sense, that this Gospel had then appeared to all men; but it may be well said, that it bringeth salvation to all men; this is its design; and it was to taste death for every man, that its author came into the world." Again, He adds ; "As the light and heat of the sun are denied to no nation nor individual, so the grace of the Lord Jesus; this also shines out upon all; and God designs that all mankind shall be as equally benefited by it."
"It is impossible for God to lie," who has sworn to Abraham to bless all the kindreds of the earth, in his seed, which is Christ. (Heb. 6:18) If God could not, nor did not fulfill His own promise, then all men might not be saved; but "it is impossible for God to lie." Therefore, all men, without exception, shall be blessed in Christ Jesus.