I was thrilled when I first started to discover the amazing truth about God reconciling all things to Himself through the blood of Christ, so much so that I began telling others. I expected there to be quite a bit of pushback and there was.
The doctrine of eternal punishment is so entrenched in the way Christians are thinking that the overwhelming majority have never considered an alternative. Those who have become students of the Bible were quick to point out the standard “fire and brimstone”, “eternal torment”, “forever”, “weeping and gnashing of teeth” scriptures as reasons to continue to see the final judgement of God in the same way they always had.
I have already advanced a few scriptural arguments for Universal Reconciliation and addressed many of those objections in other articles, posts, emails, and discussions. What I would like to do here is to simply offer you 6 reasons to give Universal Reconciliation serious consideration.
6 REASONS I BELIEVE ALL THINGS WILL BE RECONCILED IN THE END
1. Because that is what God wants
I am not talking about what I think He wants, but what He said Himself He wanted: God is not willing that one individual would perish, but that everyone, without exception, would repent and worship Jesus Christ the Lord (2 Peter 3:9). Do you believe this? Do you believe that God wants to see every single person that ever lived bow the knee and confess Jesus Christ is Lord of all (Philippians 2:9-11)?
Isn’t there something wrong with the idea that God loved the world so dearly and desired so deeply to see it saved that He gave His all, His best effort, the ultimate sacrifice, but still failed to win billions of people and lost them to eternal fire and punishment?
2. Because the hard part is already accomplished
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:19-20) He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2)
To overshadow a woman who is betrothed, impregnating her who has never been with a man and then putting it in the heart of the man to whom she is betrothed to keep her and raise the boy as his own son is an extraordinary feat.
To abide in that boy all the days of His life as he grows up and ministers to a feeble, fickle and faithless people with power to heal the sick and raise the dead, and to do so without committing sin is unthinkable.
However, to allow us to nail this Son of God to a cross and seal Him in a tomb and then raise this holy man from the dead on the third day according to the scriptures thereby defeating death and the grave and atoning for the sins of the whole world – that is nothing short of spectacular.
Think about it – the hard part is done!
3. Because it is what one would expect from a God of infinite love and mercy
For those who do not believe (and for many believers too), one of the greatest difficulties to resolve is the idea that, even though God is a God of love, most people will go to hell because they failed to believe. I know the arguments (that everyone is given enough truth to believe and they have no excuse if they do not, etc.) but that line of reasoning does little to dissuade people from dismissing the good news that Christ loved them enough to die for their sins. After all, what does that love mean?
For God so loved the world…
- “…that he gave his only begotten Son (John 3:16)
- “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him.” (Psalm 8:4)
- “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9)
- “…his mercy endureth forever.” (Psalm 136:1-26) In this Psalm, each of the 26 verses ends with, “his mercy endureth forever.”
- In the Psalms alone, scripture tells us of God’s mercy 99 times!
How can it be that God’s mercy is so great? It is great because God is love (1 John 4:16), not that He possess love – He is love! He created the cosmos out of love. He created humanity, knowing what we are and what we would do. It is more than reasonable to believe that He would have mastered a plan to redeem us from sin. To redeem ALL of us from sin – the entire human race. After all, God so loved…the WORLD.
4. Because God has the power to do it
“And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, ‘All power is given unto me in heaven and earth.’” (Matthew 28:18)
“[Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:15-20)
- All power in heaven and earth is His
- All things in heaven and earth were created by Him
- Things visible and invisible – created by Him
- Thrones, dominions, principalities, powers – created BY Him
- Thrones, dominions, principalities, powers – created FOR Him
- He existed before anything that was made, was made
- By Him, all things consist – in Him all things hold together. He is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.
- In all things, He has the preeminence, the superiority and the dominance
God said all of that, to say this: Having made peace through the blood of His cross, God can now reconcile all things in heaven and in earth to Himself. God can now resolve, settle, bring together, reunite, merge, rectify, balance ALL THINGS to Himself.
5. Because it is the ultimate expression of God’s glory
“And every creature* which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, ‘Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.’” (Revelation 5:13)
Have you ever seen an all-out, no-holds-barred, human wave in a stadium of nearly 100,000 people? Have you ever watched it as it roared around and around the bowl? Have you felt the excitement as this moving wall of humanity rounded the bend and approached you getting closer and closer, louder and louder? Did you feel the jolt of adrenaline as six fighter jets roared across the open sky above the stadium at the moment the wave reached you and then watch as its momentum carried it past and away from you? There are not too many charges of adrenaline that can be experienced like that one in this life.
However, to stand for the first time, shoulder to shoulder, with every human being that ever drew a breath from Adam to the last child born on this earth, every hand raised, every face looking at God, every heart flooded with joy and gratitude as that massive sea of the entire human race cries out like thunder, “Hallelujah!” “Hallelujah!” “Hallelujah!” “Hallelujah!” “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain and who reconciled us to God. He is worthy to receive honor and glory and dominion and praise and power!”
That, my brothers and sisters, is the ultimate expression of God’s glory and I can’t wait to be there.
*Note: creature – James 1:18. Lest you think that the Greek ktisma (noun) rendered here as “creature” refers only to animals or angelic-type beings, but not humans.
6. Because it is God’s ultimate objective
“Then the end will come, when [Christ] hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he ‘has put everything under his feet.’ Now when it says that ‘everything’ has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:24-28 NIV)
That everything should be in and under God, is the purpose of the entire creation of the universe and, when it is accomplished, God’s objective will have been met – He will have achieved His goal. What does “everything” include? Well, it includes absolutely everything.
Again, for by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers, all things were created by Him and for Him.
- If God so loves the world and deeply desires to reconcile it unto Himself, and
- If God has the incredible power to reconcile the world unto Himself
- Don’t you think He has come up with a plan to do so?
In the face of such an overwhelming set of simple truths from God’s Word, we must call into question the old doctrine of eternal fiery punishment and look at those scriptures that seem to support it in a new light free from our predisposition to everlasting damnation.
Let’s open our hearts and allow the truth to reinvigorate us. God’s complete and total victory requires that every one of His children be reconciled to Himself. Would you, as a parent, stand for anything less?