Introduction to Infinite Grace
I want to make a very bold statement to you and after I do I will explain how I came to understand the truth of it. The outcome of Infinite Grace will come to pass when death is swallowed up in victory. The apostle Paul said in 1 Cor. 15:26,
"The last enemy that shall be
destroyed is death."
"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death."
What death is he talking about? Is it the first death, or the second death? Is God able to destroy the first death and not the second death? The Bible says, "The wages of sin is death!" Is it the "wages of sin" that is to be destroyed?
There are three destinies of the wicked taught in the Bible. At least this is so if the various, respective verses are taken as they read in the King James and some of the other versions. No wonder some people believe in eternal torment! It is clearly taught in the Bible! And also the doctrine of extermination is also "in the Bible," because I have read it there, over and over! Upon taking a closer look I became aware that while apparently not quite so clearly, the Bible also teaches the ultimate salvation of all men. For the last 2000 years, some men have believed that teaching as well! They had called their belief "universalism," or "the restitution of all things," or "final restoration." For the last century and a quarter, those calling themselves "Universalists" have been quite generally combined with Unitarians, which is a liberal, non-Trinitarian church organization which now no longer affirms the inspiration and authority of Scripture or even the blood of Christ for the sinner's salvation. Yet more recently, some of those who believe that all men will ultimately be saved have adopted the practice of calling their doctrine by the term "reconciliation." They believe in an authoritative Bible, the divinity of Christ, and a sacrificial atonement yet they also believe that all men, eventually, will be reconciled to God. But which one of these teachings is right?
It will be well at the outset of our study to get the Biblical basis of this subject clearly in mind, and to recognize that all three destinies of the wicked are taught in the usual translations of the Bible. One set of verses tells us that the wicked are to be tormented "for ever and ever"; another set just as clearly affirms that they are to be exterminated; yet still a third set assures us they will all ultimately be saved. Of course, the various conclusions which men draw from these respective texts cannot all be right. Either there is some way to understand them all, and to interpret them all correctly so they do not conflict with one another, or else hopeless confusion will be inevitable.
|Infinite Grace Chapter One, The Three Destinies of the Wicked|
|Infinite Grace Chapter Five, The Roll of The Church|
|Infinite Grace Chapter Six, The Rich Man and Lazarus|
|Infinite Grace Chapter Seven, Is Our Redemption Complete?|
|Infinite Grace Chapter Eight, The Good News That Paul Taught|