Is Salvation really all inclusive, or is it simply something a select few can get by making a choice, of their own “free will”, to follow Christ? An excellent question, which is found answered everywhere in the scriptures, if you are actually looking for what is said, instead of what you’ve always been told was said. If you are looking through the lens of Christ, instead of OT Violence. Grace and Truth came through Christ, after all. No one at ANY TIME, which included all the OT, has seen the Father, but the Only Begotten Son.. And we see that according to at least one writer of the NT that Christ is the perfect image of the invisible God. Christ Himself states that if we have seen Him, we have seen the Father. It is so very important to look to Christ in our journey to see the character of God. John, the writer of 1-3 John, tells us twice in the space of one chapter that God is Love. He tells us that there is NO fear in Love, for perfect love casts out all fear, because fear has to do with punishment. This is echoed by St. Anthony, who, near the end of his life, stated this: I no longer fear the Lord, but Love Him.
Christ Himself stated that all judgement was given to Him, and that He judges no man. The Apostle Paul makes the statement that the ultimate judgement will be when God judges everyone through Christ by his own interpretation of the Gospel. Or in some translations, through his Gospel. Many times, we tend to claim the Bible as the Written Word, but guess what? The Bible doesn’t Even make THAT claim. Yet another thing many people cling to.. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. Huh. I bet you didn’t know that if we read it that way, you know, exactly as is, then we also have to include Buddhist doctrine, which predates the Bible… Hindi Doctrine.. Islam.. and all other religions older than these. The Tibetan Book of the Dead, for instance. Those are scriptures. The Egyptian Book of the Dead. Also scriptures.
All that said, I’m going to begin getting deep into the reason of this post. Whether or not Salvation is an all inclusive salvation. I was challenged to find even ONE verse that indicated this. Guess what? That’s not hard to find.. 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. Did all ask to be born in Adam, by chance? Or maybe did it just happen..? Did you choose to be of Adam? I didn’t.. Christ however, made the ultimate decision to reverse Adam, and make all alive. Now, for Him to make all alive, all have to die, right? Let’s look to 2 Corinthians 5:12-20 tells us not only that all died, but WHY we preach the Gospel to others, even knowing that all are included. All were reconciled, and because all were reconciled, be reconciled. In other words.. Act like it, cause it’s the truth. And so that I am not accused of taking out of context… here y’all go.
For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Now then, elsewhere, we are told that all things are in Christ, and are sustained in Him and By Him. And that Christ is all, and in all. I’m going to trust y’all know how to google these verses and look them up, because, quite frankly, I’ve been busy today working on this, and it is time to be finished with this blog. The purpose of this blog has been fulfilled. I can and will answer further questions on the topic if y’all have them.
~The Christian Mystic