“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” -1 Cornth. 15:22
For most of my walk with the Lord, I’ve thought by my beliefs but I’ve never careful questioned or thought about my beliefs. These things that I share are not purely to help you question, establish, and re-establish your beliefs but to bring you to the revelation of truth; Christ Jesus Himself. New ideas are of course difficult to take in. That’s why Jesus was not popular. Many came for the loaves and the fish, and many left when He taught the deep things of the Kingdom and when it lead to the cross. It’s no different today, many congregate around messages that build them and encourage them but few congregate around deep teachings of the Kingdom of God. Yet the gospel of the Kingdom is what Jesus preached.
I share with you here one of my favourite topics. The first time I heard this word I pulled up my guard and almost screamed ‘heresy’. But God has opened my eyes since then to see a glorious truth that I rejoice about. This truth I refer to is the salvation of all mankind. Eternal judgment is perhaps one of the key doctrines that the church system has for centuries accepted as truth. It’s my aim and joy to dispel this lie that has emerged from the very pit of hell. The topic is vast and I will not get into semantics here but touch upon an aspect of this truth. I will relay to you many verses that I hope you will consider carefully.
You may ask why does this change anything for me or why does this concern me? The fact of the matter is God’s divine purpose and agenda should concern each of us. David fulfilled God’s purpose in His generation. There is no way for you to know and fulfill the full purpose for which he placed you here until you get acquainted with God’s purpose. And He is one with His purpose. And only those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits.
This glorious plan of God has been playing out through history, a plan in which He is Alpha and Omega. This means simply, it all began and came out of Him and it’ll all go back to Him. God will be All in All (1 Cornth. 15:28). “That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one All Things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.” (Eph. 1:10). Jesus said: “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” (John 12:32).
God is omniscient. If we agree on this, then we can agree that the fall of Adam never surprised God. God didn’t all of a sudden have to summon and rearrange for Jesus to die. The lamb was slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8). Where was he slain, for it wasn’t outside Jerusalem? He was slain in the mind of God. You see, in the physical realm it happened two thousand years ago, but it was already a reality in the mind of God before Adam was. And that’s where it counts most, that’s where superior reality is: in the mind of God. That’s why we need to put on the mind of Christ, to lay hold of reality. Jesus on the cross said “it is finished”. What was finished? That which had been reality in the mind of God had found completion in this physical realm. Only that which is first reality in the mind of God can have reality in this world. A natural question follows, how about evil? Well, this may shock you but God created the devil. Let me support that: “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.” (Gen. 3:1). Some may say: ‘God is good, He can’t create that which is bad.’ Here’s a verse that deals with that question: “That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.” (Isa. 45:6-7). Glory to God, there is none beside Him. The devil is not an opponent of God. God has no opponents. He stands alone. Darkness works for His good. Darkness is simply there to help us know what Light is. The devil is an instrument. For all God creates, He creates with a purpose. I can’t get into the details of this here.
The point is God was never surprised nor does he change His mind. So the fall of Adam is plan ‘A’ in God’s mind. It’s not plan ‘B’. If it is plan ‘B’, then we are assuming that something happened that God wasn’t aware of that made Him rethink another plan. Now in this glorious plan, a way of redemption was made through Jesus Christ who overcame sin and death in all of mankind. This is the truth which is a reality in the mind of God but has yet to play out in its fullness in this realm.
Paul contrasts the work of Adam and Christ (Romans 5: 12-21). Paul here emphasizes that the work of Christ exceeds that of Adam. Through Adam death reigned, we believe that full heartedly, why, because we see it with physical eyes in this world. But we need to see with spiritual eyes that which Jesus has completed; a work that is superior to Adam’s. Most of the church believes that the majority of mankind will end up in hell forever. By this belief, people are confessing that Adam’s work is greater. But I declare to you again that you may hear it with spiritual ears: Christ is greater than Adam! Paul says: “But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many… For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” (Rom. 5:15, 17-19). Again 1 Cornth. 15:22 says: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” It can’t be more plainly put.
But the religious mind goes into default mode here and states that “all” referring to Christ is not actually “all” but only those who believe (i.e. a few). But the Word doesn’t say that. It’s in fact contrasting Adam and Christ here so that Adma is a reference point for that which we do not yet see with physical eyes. This is like telling someone from Seattle that has never been to Toronto that the CN Tower is longer than the Space Needle. The person would be in ignorance if he was to insist that the Space Needle was taller because he has seen the Space Needle and that it was pretty tall. For this person the Space Needle may actually seem very tall. In actuality the CN Tower is 553m tall while the Space Needle is only 184m. The same is true when we contrast Adam and Christ. Man, so fixated on the mess of Adam he witnesses in the world fails to perceive the magnitude of the saving Christ. But that which we have seen, we declare to you that you may have fellowship with us and that your joy may be full.
Let’s get our minds off Adam and fix our eyes on the majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ. The church system insists that Adam’s work is greater by adopting this doctrine while singing and shouting that Jesus is the Savior of the world. They do so because they fail to see with spiritual eyes the completed work in the mind of God. If it’s in God’s mind then it will surely be. What He purposes, He accomplishes. The fact is that all will go through God’s judgments and dealing to the point where “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:10)
Jesus Christ is truly the Savior of the world! This is a glorious truth worth shouting about. May God help us see it.