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ELEVEN

BEHOLD I MAKE ALL THIGS NEW

Building and Rebuilding the World


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It is the whole of humanity at every place and time that is the visible image of God. As mankind is a part of the world, and the image of God, mankind has a mediating role -- between God and world.

 

The process of recreation of Universe is an on going process which evidently will take ages after ages.  It is a process which involves judgement and seperation.

 

(Rev 21:1-8)

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

This describes the end of one age when it describes a clear seperation of the creation into two groups.  However it does not stop the pain in the body of God.  Since there is no outside for God the problem will still remain within the body of God only displayed.

 

 

But God's love is so much that this love that gives his life (the essential process by which life was created) to the dead will recreate every living in his image according to the basic part and function of the body.  This indeed involve pain.

(Heb. 12:5-11).If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect.

Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.

Now no chastening seems to be joyful… but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable

fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it‖

 

Eventually God's love will redeem the whole creation as is clearly stated in the following verses. 

 

Colossians 1:15-20
 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 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 through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the pre-eminence.  For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,  and by Him to reconcile (apokatallasso) all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

 

God will reconcile ALL things on earth and ALL things in heaven through Jesus Christ having made PEACE through the blood of His cross.

Please note that these verses, Colossians 1:15-20, are constructed in such a way that they leave absolutely no room for any doubt whatsoever that the word ALL can only mean ALL, without any exception. Apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, repeats the word all seven times before coming to the key verse, verse 20, which says that God will reconcile all things to Himself through Jesus Christ.

 

2 Cor. 5:15: “And he died for all, that those who live might live no longer for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”

"Jesus Christ the righteous...is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2:2)

"...who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" (1 Tim.2:6)

"The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world" (1 John 4:14)

"We trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially those that believe" (1 Tim.4:10)

"The lord is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish" (2 Pet.3:9)

"The grace of God has appeared bringing salvation to all men" (Titus 2:11)

"I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself." (John 12:32)

 

 


and then the end comes when the following event takes place as the function of the Son as the redeemer is accomplished. and he returns into the veil.

 

 1 Corinthians 15:28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

 

 

 

Universal Salvation

Universal reconciliation, universal salvation or sometimes simply universalism, is the doctrine or belief that all will receive salvation, regardless of their current state because of the love and mercy of God.  But it is not forced on to individuals because of the freedom God has given us.  Every act will receive a just reward.  As a result those who reject the offer of salvation will have to go through the experience of hell here and now as well as in the ages to come until he returns to the father.

There are some who believe it to be a heresy because they feel it will reduce the impact of the immediacy of the gospel message.  This is the day of salvation and this is the day of grace.  If you miss this day of grace, you are going to suffer through hell.  But there is yet hope even beyond hell and after hell hell.  For the shepherd will leave all the 99 good sheep and go out in search of the one lost. That is the gospel in truth.

 

There were ninety and nine that safely lay
in the shelter of the fold.
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare.
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.
Away from the tender Shepherd’s care
"The Ninety and Nine" by Elizabeth C. Clephane (1868),

Painting by James Tissot - The Good Shepherd - Brooklyn Museum

 

Various early fathers definitely expressed this concept.  These include: The Didascalia (the Catechetical school of Alexandria),  Pantaenus  (first head of catechetical school at Alexandria), Clement of Alexandria (second head of catechetical school at Alexandria),  Origen,  Athanasius (Archbishop of Alexandria), Didymus , Anselm, Ambrose (Bishop Ephraim),  Chrysostum, Gregory of Nyssa, Gregory of Nazianzus (Bishop and President of the second Church council), Titus (Bishop of Bostra), Cyril, Methodius,(Bishop of Tyre), Eusibius (early church historian ) and many others

 

Four of the six theological schools of thought in ancient Christendom supported universalism and only one supported eternal damnation. Additionally, theological thought appears more varied before the strong influence of Augustine, who forcefully denied universal salvation

What we are told is that Jesus will redeem ALL THINGS and will make all things new.  We have no definite revelation regarding these intermediary states.  Theologians through the ages have suggested various methods.

Simple Two age model

This is the simple western evangelistic model.  They refuse to accept any further age.  Thus those who are in Christ (Christians) will live eternally in Heaven and those who are not in Christ (Non Christians) will live eternally in hell in eternal suffering.  This of course violates the character of God as Father.  How can there be joy in heaven when relations of those in heaven still burn in hell?  God will have to bring in a memory wipe out for them.  Of course all creation is not made new here.

Some group devised another solution where the Non Christians are totally annihilated.  They cease to exist.  So they don’t suffer any more. 

Taking these factors the possible plan of salvation that is suggested is as follows:

What Paul and the New Testament assert is:

There is a separation of men into two groups from one age to the other.  One enters into Heaven and the other to Hell.  The presence of God continues even in the Hell because there is nothing outside of God.

Psa 139:7 -8 Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?   If I ascend to heaven, thou art there! If I make my bed in Sheol, thou art there!

Ultimately All creation will be reconciled and redeemed.

Thus in the love of God as a Father the patience of God continues through the Ages until by their own choice every Son will all return to the Father.  This is illustrated by the parable of the Prodigal Son.

This mystery however is not fully exposed in the Bible for the simple reason that the gospel is for now.  Today is the day of salvation.  Sadhu Sunder Singh presents it as follows:

“I was also told that the love of God operates even in Hell.

Those in Hell will ultimately be brought to Heaven, like the prodigal son, but with regard to the ultimate fate of certain in number you must not ask. 

There is a kind of heavenly joke – no, joke is not a good word for it. Very few will be lost but many will be saved. It is so but don’t tell,’ they said, as it were in jest, ‘because it will make men careless, and we want them to enjoy the First Heaven - that is, the Heaven on earth - as well.’

Though we have no definite revelation on how this process takes place. Paul gives the following necessary events before this is achieved

1Co 15:22-28 

  • For as in Adam ALL die, so also in Christ shall ALL be made alive
  • But each in his own order:

What is this order?

·         Christ the first fruit;

·          then they that are Christ's, at his coming.

·         Then we have the white throne judgment when the   righteous non-believers are given the earth. Mat 25:46  “And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life. “

These are sure events, since we have details about these events in the Bible.
 Then what?

  • Somethings happen so that it leads to a state  -
  • When he shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power.
  •  For he must reign,
  • Till he hath put all his enemies under his feet.  (These are the evil forces of the whole cosmos)
  • For, He put all things in subjection under his feet.
  • The last enemy that shall be abolished is death.

 And when all things have been subjected unto him

·         then shall the Son also himself be subjected to him that did subject all things unto him,

·          Then cometh the end, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father; But when he saith, All things are put in subjection, it is evident that he is exempted who did subject all things unto him.   ,

·           That God may be all in all.

These are very cryptic statements. Evidently the struggle with the powers of darkness continues beyond the White Throne judgment until Christ reigns.  Then the Son himself will merge with the Father so that God fill the whole cosmos. 

(1Co 15:26)  The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Rom 8:19-21  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Rom 8:23-24  and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved.

 We are only the first fruits and there are others to follow in order.

Eph 1:9-10  For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ  as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

 

Rev 21:5 And he who sat upon the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." 

 

You are here

 

(1Co 15:28)  When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things under him, that God may be everything to every one.

The cycle of Fall and Total Redemptions through a number of ages, brings back the cosmos to its original consonance in God.

Here is the plan of salvation that is suggested in these verses which satisfies all the sequence of events.

 

This idea is further exploited to introduce the concept of Purgatory even for the believers by the Roman Church.

“Purgatory Is Necessary Purification

Before we enter into full communion with God, every trace of sin within us must be eliminated and every imperfection in our soul must be corrected

At the General Audience of Wednesday, 4 August 1999, following his catecheses on heaven and hell, the Holy Father reflected on Purgatory. He explained that physical integrity is necessary to enter into perfect communion with God therefore "the term purgatory does not indicate a place, but a condition of existence", where Christ "removes ... the remnants of imperfection". “ Pope Paul II

Just as we have no details of what happens in the ages to come, we don’t have any detail regarding the Purgatory.  It is an elaboration of concept of ages.


Will it fall again?

Will there be an ongoing cycle of creation, fall and redemption?  Certainly it is a possibility.  As long as the children have the free will, the possibility will remain.  If Lucifer who was close to God could fall, every other child of God has that freedom and possibility.  Father’s love will still continue to sacrifice and redeem.

Will there be Cycle of Creation, fall, and redemption?  We do not know because we have no specific revelation of these eras in the Bible. There is another reason for this ignorance.  Time and events evolve and are not predestined.  We can only guess the procedures based on the character of God and Man.  

 

HINDU YUGA THEORY

Indian Hindu teaching has come to take it for granted not only that this will happen and thee cycle of creation and redemption process will go on eternally.  It starts with the perfect state of Satya Yuga    and the moral standard and belligerence of creation against God will gradually increase unless an incarnation of God redeems it back to perfect state.  They not only make it a perfect cycle like the day month year with predefined periods.  This would simply mean that everything is predestined and thus the whole thing will ultimately reduce to a game of God.

Swami Sriyukteswar Giri (1855 - 1936) is the monastic name of Priyanath Karar was the guru of Swami Satyananda Giri and Paramahansa Yogananda. Sri Yukteshwar was an educator, astronomer, a Jyotisha (Vedic astrologer), a yogi, and a believer in the Bhagavad Gita and the Bible. The book, The Holy Science was written by Swami Yukteswar in 1894 under the title Kaivalya Darsanam. Sri Yukteswar states that he wrote The Holy Science at the request of Mahavatar Babaji. The book compares parallel passages from the Bible and Upanishads in order to show the unity of all religions. Here are some quotes from the book:

  • “The Eternal Father God Swami Parambrahma is the only Real Substance, Sat, and is all in all in the universe.”
  • “Man possesses eternal faith and believes intuitively in the existence of a substance, of which the objects of sense – sound, touch, sight, taste, and smell, the component parts of this visible world – are but properties….The Eternal Father God, the only substance in the universe is, therefore, not comprehensible by man of this material world, unless he becomes divine by lifting his self above this creation of Darkness Maya.”

The Holy Science by Swami Sri Yukteswar

 He has interpreted the Hindu mythical cyclic ages as follows:

If we accept the generally accepted definition of a charana being 1200 years of the devas and each deva year is 360 human years, then the following notions of the Hindu creation mythology emerge. File:Yugas-Ages-based-on-Sri-Yukteswar.png

SRF magazine winter 1999 by Vishvas Gaitonde

1 Maha Yuga = 12,000 * 360 = 4,320,000, i.e. 4.32 Million solar years
1 Kalpa is made-up of 1,000 Maha Yugas = 4,320,000,000, i.e. 4.32 Billion solar years. One Kalpa is only half a day of Brahma the creator.  Thus the entire universe is re-created from scratch once every 8.64 Billion solar years (2 kalpas)

Modern science estimates the age of our current Universe as 13.75 ± 0.11 billion years.  

 Further Bhagavatham - Canto 3 further defines
1 Manvantara = 71 Maha Yugas = 71 * 4,320,000  = 306,720,000, i.e. 306.72 Million solar years each manvantara is presided over by a Manu. 

While the idea of repeated creation with free will beings within the cosmos invariably imply the possibility of fall and subsequent redemption of the fallen creation by the father through appropriate means is a possibility, the assignment of a fixed period as Hindu Yuga theory does would imply predestinated events which either takes away the freedom granted to the creation (making it necessary to fall) and the subsequent Hindu concept of creation as a child play for God which the Christian Theology cannot accept.  The conclusion simply is that:

Yes, it is possible for the created being to fall by virtue of the free will.  But it is in no way insist or necessitate the fall.  However in case the fall occurs, God, being the Love He is will certainly find his own method of redemption.  It need not necessarily involve another incarnation while that is not ruled out.  That is the freedom of will of God.  Love forces God to redeem his creation. 

The Gospel is that "Today is the Day of Grace.
                                If we neglect so great a salvation
                                The Consequence of sin is Pain and Suffering."
This is clear revealed truth. 

Yes God pains through the process until the creation is made whole.