“THE MAN CHRIST JESUS… a RANSOM for ALL.

Posted: Juli 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

” “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6 Justice…or Just-us? God’s justice does NOT mean “just-us.” Yet, many erroneously teach that only Christians will ever be saved and, therefore, 95% of the human race would be doomed to everlasting death or worse—merely because they never heard the name of Jesus. This would include many billions now living and all who lived before Jesus. Did Jesus die on the cross just to save comparatively few Christians?–those who would believe in him before his second advent? The Bible tells us: NO! Christ died “the propitiation (satisfaction) for our (the Christians’) sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole (presently unbelieving) world.” 1 John 2:2 The Father lovingly provided His only-begotten Son to die “for all” while all were still in sin. (John 3:16; Romans 5:8). God’s plan will provide all—even non-believers—with a full opportunity to benefit from Jesus’ sacrifice. (Hebrews 2:9) After being raised from the dead, each person will be taught about Christ and righteousness. God will pour out His holy Spirit (power or influence) on all people through Christ, providing an opportunity for each person to reach mental, moral, and physical perfection. (Joel 2:28) Only those who consistently refuse to make progress will be destroyed. (Acts 3:22-23; Ezekiel 18:20-22) What is the Ransom? The ransom is the means by which God could justly release Adam (and all mankind) from the death sentence of Eden. The word ransom is translated from the Greek word “Antilutron,” meaning “an equivalent, corresponding price.” This concept of the corresponding price is a fixed law of God’s universe. It is expressed in Israel’s Law Covenant: “Thou shalt give LIFE for LIFE, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.” Exodus 21:23-24 “…for as in ADAM all die, even so in CHRIST shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:22 The corresponding price Jesus paid is: a perfect life for a perfect life. Jesus’ ransom for Adam satisfies justice. Consider the logic of God’s Plan to save all men from evil and death: Father Adam was created perfect and sinned. The penalty of death passed upon him and the prospective human race yet in his loins. Deliverance from death required the payment of a corresponding price, the death of a perfect man. No member of the sinful (imperfect) human race could pay this price. (Psalm 49:7) Only Jesus, who was “holy, harmless, and separate from sinners,” could. (Hebrews 7:26) The perfect man Jesus died for Adam’s sin, taking his place in death, thereby redeeming Adam and all his offspring—the human race—from death. What the Ransom Guarantees The ransom given by Jesus guarantees a resuscitation to life for the entire human race. Once resuscitated, they will begin their journey up the Highway of Holiness (Isaiah 35), and if obedient to the kingdom arrangements, they will ultimately be restored to human perfection. This restoration to the perfection lost in Eden is the main purpose of Jesus’ return. “And He shall send Jesus…Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things…” Acts 3:20,21 During Christ’s 1,000-year earthly kingdom (the Day of Judgment), “ALL that are in the graves shall hear” Jesus’ voice, and will “come forth.” (John 5:28, RSV) This “Resurrection of the dead” will be in two parts: “the just and the unjust.” (Acts 24:15) The “just” are Christ’s faithful followers. They receive special salvation now, ahead of the “unjust” non-believing masses. (1 Timothy 4:10; 2 Corinthians 6:2). The “just” will become the heavenly “Bride” of Christ and reign with Jesus over his earthly kingdom. (Revelation 20:4; 21:2). The “unjust” masses will be saved when Jesus and his Bride resurrect and rehabilitate them. The unjust will learn righteousness by merciful judgment. Jesus and his Bride will offer the water of life to the repentant unjust masses (Revelation 22:17) who will walk up the “Highway” leading to holiness and everlasting life on perfected earth. (Isaiah 35:8) Any who then refuse to have God’s law written in their hearts will be sentenced to eternal extinction, the “second death.” (Jeremiah 31:33-34; Revelation 21:8) The desert shall blossom, making plenty of room for resurrected mankind. The willing and obedient will live for eternity on earth in peace and happiness. Mankind will glorify God, saying: “this is our God! We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation!” (Isaiah 25:9) To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth…” John 18:37 Hartford Bible Students * P.O. Box 493 * Manchester, CT 06045

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