Author: Michele at ScriptureStudy.Guide
Posted January 4, 2022
When Jesus taught us to pray “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,” there is a very good reason behind it (Matthew 6:14).
ALL on this earth, good and evil, is God’s will (Matthew 6:10).
Proverbs 16:4 says, “The LORD hath made all for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.”
Revelation 17:17 says “God hath put in their hearts to fulfill His will” and what He has the wicked do here (allow Satan to persecute Christians) is EVIL to the core.
The Lord says, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.” ~Isaiah 45:7.
But God is Only Loving and Good
Yes, God is loving and good. He is also all-knowing and knows what we need to reach fullness in Him (Jeremiah 29:11).
Have you ever been around a child who was never disciplined? A child who received good things without earning them? Then grew up to be a bully and a tyrant? No one can tolerate being around behavior such as that.
What does a loving parent do? They discipline their child. Teach their child. Let them experience what it feels like to work toward something and then receive a reward.
God is your Creator Father. He loves us (John 3:16). We are His creation and He desires that we love Him back. Love cannot be forced. He is teaching us by allowing us to experience the good and the bad in people and in our environment. He is preventing us from being a soul that is intolerable to be around. He is preparing us to spend an eternity with Him and with each other.
We will all go through the refiner’s fire, if not in this world, then in the next. We must die to self daily while on this earth (Luke 9:23; John 12:24) and be born again, or we are going to experience the second death which is the lake of fire (Revelation 20:6 & 14). Living in righteousness and truth will ruin your physical life on this earth and will try you like nothing else will (Amos 5:10).
Our bible ends at Judgment Day with the tares being thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8). What happens next is speculation on our part, but my personal belief is that “forever” is not “eternal” — it is a very long length of time or level of severity that will be different for each individual. I believe that primarily because of this verse:
Romans 14:11 — “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”
When the Lord says “every,” then I believe it is EVERY one.
While the tares/wicked people spend “forever” in the lake of fire, the dragon/Satan, the beast/Antichrist and the second beast/False Prophet spends “forever AND EVER.” This appears to denote a length of time or levels of severity.
Forever Versus Eternal
The word eternal is used almost exclusively to refer to positive things:
- Eternal God (Deuteronomy 33:27)
- Eternal life (used almost 30 times)
- Eternal in the heavens (2 Corinthians 5:1)
- Eternal purpose (Ephesians 3:11)
- Eternal glory (2 Timothy 2:10)
- Eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9)
- Eternal redemption (Hebrews 9:12)
- Eternal Spirit (Hebrews 9:14)
In the Strong’s Concordance, eternal is G166 which means “perpetual” which is a word that means past and future…. an always-has-been and always-will-be situation.
In only a couple of instances is the word eternal used in a negative light, and it is when one has received the Holy Spirit but rejected Him which is crucifying Jesus all over again (Mark 3:29; Hebrews 6:2; Jude 7).
When looking up the word “forever” in the Strong’s Concordance, I’m told to see the word “ever.” Ever in the new testament is primarily G165 which means “an age.” The length of an age is determined by God.
So we see that something that is eternal is usually rooted in goodness and in the loving promise of God the Father.
When referring to hell/the lake of fire, we see the word “forever” or “forever and ever” used which means an age or a period of time. HELL IS NOT ETERNAL.
God Does Not Create Garbage
Human beings were created in God’s image. All of us will have sin while in these fallible bodies — the only thing that brings us to peace with God is being washed in the blood of His Son (Colossians 1:20).
But God calls many but not everyone, and of those He calls, He only chooses a few (Matthew 22:14). Does this mean that God created the majority of human souls to be tormented forever? My God does not derive pleasure by inflicting cruelty or pain onto His creation. “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” ~Ezekiel 18:23.
So Who Are Those That God Does Not Call?
I have often wondered why God would not call everyone. Then I considered this verse:
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” ~John 8:44
The fallen angels were celestial beings who mated with human women and created hybrids that were not made in God’s image (Genesis chapter 6). These were the sons of Satan. Their DNA did survive the flood because the biblical account shows that the 8 people on the ark could not have reached such a large number of people on earth in such a short time after the flood.
Revelation 3:9 speaks of the “synagogue of Satan.” Are these wicked human beings or wicked hybrids?
Are these wicked ones created without souls? Is that why God does not call them? We do not know, but we do know He created the wicked and the evil for His purposes, and His purpose for mankind is to bring His human creation into fullness (John chapter 15).
Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.Genesis 9:6
Hebrews does tell us that Jesus gives aid to the seed of Abraham (human beings) — the righteous predestined — and does not give aid to angels.
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.Hebrews 2:16
Perhaps God also has a separate plan for the fallen celestials and their offspring that we are not aware of.
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 1:20
God is going to reestablish a close relationship with all things in earth and in heaven. He will show mercy and compassion on whom He chooses (Romans 9:15). He tells us to forgive our enemies (which will heap coals of fire upon their heads) and He will forgive us (Proverbs 25:21-22; Matthew 6:14). His ways are perfect and just (Deuteronomy 32:4; Job 34:12).
God Is Bringing Us Into Fullness
God sent Himself to earth in the form of man in the flesh in His Son Jesus Christ to save humanity from a spiritual death. This is a gift we are given that God tells us we cannot do ANYTHING to receive, lest we boast (Ephesians 2:9).
Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser” (John 15:1 NASB). “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Of this we can be sure: If you hate wickedness and love righteousness, then your father is not of the devil and God will call you to Him (Hebrews 1:9). We should use all the gifts and abilities that God has given us to respond to Him.
All who seek Him have a way to Him (John 3:16). The very fact that you seek Him is His gift to you. He who believes in Jesus Christ will not be ashamed (Romans 10:11).
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” ~Romans 8:28
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