Colossians 1:20 says of Jesus Christ :
19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
In light of this passage, traditionalists are hard pressed to deny the glorious truth of Universal Salvation. But I’m sure they twist the words somehow. In fact, I can hear them in my head. “‘Reconcile’ really means ‘try to reconcile’.”, they say. “‘All’ means only a very few.”
In the same vein, Ephesians 1:9-10 says:
9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
So here we see that God purposes to save all men! And God’s purposes will not be thwarted!
Isaiah 14:24 says:
24The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
And verse 27 of the same chapter reads:
27For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
So I ask you, who shall turn back the Lord’s hand? According to most Christians, the answer to this question is: Almost everyone.
Luke 3:6 says:
And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
1 Timothy 4:10 says:
And therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the Living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.
These passages couldn’t be plainer. God will, through Jesus, save all mankind. If you still aren’t convinced, I have more Scripture.
1 Corinthians 15:22 says:
22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
In Adam, we die physically. This death is an unconscious extinction. Our only hope for life beyond the grave is in the resurrection to come at Christ’s return. Thus, we will be returned to physical life in Christ. The same “all” who die are the “all” who will be made alive.
In Adam, we die spiritually. We lose our close connection to and relationship with our Father, God. So in Christ shall all be restored to that connection and relationship.
In Adam, we die eternally. In some ways, this is a recap of number one. We lose our lives, which would have lasted forever had it not been for our first father’s sin. Thus in Christ, we will be restored to those lives, from which we shall never die. Again, the same “all” who die are the “all” who will be made alive.
Hebrews 2:14 says:
14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Thus, through death Jesus destroyed the devil and took from him his power of death. Most Christians believe that Jesus barely made a dent in the devil’s power of death, that most will be lost forever. But this passage says otherwise.
2 Timothy 1:10 says:
10But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
Jesus has abolished death.
1. To do away with or annul.
2. To destroy completely.
I believe Jesus has truly abolished death, that he has annulled it and will one day destroy it completely. The church teaches otherwise. They contradict the Scriptures when they do.
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Note: After some research, I have discovered that the word “things” is in the Greek text of Col 1:20. I apologize for the error and it has been removed. –Sam Starrett, 11/21/09
Note: After further research, and now knowing some Greek myself, the earlier note is not entirely accurate. The Greek word for “thing” is not in the text, but the neuter gender justifies the translation. –Sam Starrett, 5/23/10