“But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:14, NASB)
This post is intended for Christians because to date, we have tens of thousands of denominations of Christianity all claiming to teach the Truth in accordance to the Word but contradict each other on some points whilst agreeing with each other on some points. Well, God can’t be teaching two OPPOSITE teachings to two different churches, right (1 Corinthians 14:33, 1 Corinthians 11:16, 1 Corinthians 4:17)?
I believe that we (Christians) can be saved despite our doctrinal errors (Isaiah 43:25, Isaiah 33:24) and despite ‘our rebellion too’ (Micah 7:18) simply because Salvation is His Work through Lord Jesus Christ Alone (John 14:6) & He has Mercy on whom He Wills (Romans 9:15) thereby Saving us (Titus 3:5) and I also believe that the most accurate doctrine is whenever somebody preaches closest to what is WRITTEN in Holy Scripture with Precedence of Exegesis Upon the NEW TESTAMENT VERSES first (1 Corinthians 1:10, 2 Peter 3:2, 1 Corinthians 14:37).
This ministry of His Word is more ‘special’ than other Christian labours (1 Timothy 5:17) simply because ‘the measure of faith in us’ (Romans 12:3) depends on how much Truth we believe in accordance to the Word of God ONLY (Romans 10:17).
The ‘man-made opinions and teachings which we believe’ that are CONTRARY or AGAINST HIS HOLY WRITTEN WORD is NOT part of Faith (which consists ONLY of His Words, Romans 10:17) but are ERRORS (Matthew 15:9, Colossians 2:22, Mark 7:7) which we continue to believe because of the ‘bigger number of people there’ (Mark 7:13, Mark 7:8) and stand AGAINST proving ‘our love toward Him’ (John 21:17). Keeping His Commands (1 Corinthians 14:37, 2 Peter 3:2) may be MORE SERIOUS than usually thought (1 John 2:4).
‘Those who fear cannot speak the Truth’ – Anonymous
They often ask, ‘are you an authority in Hebrew or Greek or in Doctrine? Who ordained you?’
Please consider the Reply below toward them that ‘ask this’:
Firstly, please ‘be warned’ before ‘simply throwing up words’. Here is your ‘chance’ to ‘prove’ that ‘you are ordained or an authority in Greek & Hebrew’ (in Principle of Proverbs 21:30) and in light of being Filled by His Spirit (as Luke 21:15 mentions this Trait) of ‘being able to answer’ toward those who ask for the HOPE in you (please note the word HOPE in verse below too – can you SEE it?):
“but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the HOPE that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;” (1 Peter 3:15, NASB)
For example: Much of the ‘eternal Hell doctrine’ hangs upon the argument that the ‘next age is eternal’.
So since ‘you are the authority in doctrine as well as in Greek & Hebrew’, you should be able to answer this ‘eternal Hell-hope-in-you’ easily. I will not discuss any other doctrinal points past this as if you can’t answer this hope correctly; indeed, what’s the point of all your title and preaching of the Gospel if it was Flawed in this VITAL aspect?
“Was it from you that the word of God first went forth? Or has it come to you only?” – apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 14:36, NASB)
The next time we intend to speak AGAINST what apostle Paul Taught or Wrote in New Testament Scripture (as the verse above warns too, let us remember the verse below as well which the LORD spoke AGAINST the High-Priest-Aaron & Worship-Leader-and-Prophetess-Miriam for trying to Confront Moses):
“With him [Moses] I speak mouth to mouth, Even openly, and not in dark sayings, And he beholds the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant, against Moses?” (Numbers 12:8, NASB)
Please consider the VERSES:
“who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life.” (Luke 18:30, NASB)
“These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:46, NASB)
“Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matthew 12:32, NASB)
“so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7, NASB)
Here are those SAME VERSES in a More Literal, word to word translation:
“who may not receive back manifold more in this time, and in the coming age, life age-during.'” (Luke 18:30, YLT)
“And these shall go away to punishment age-during, but the righteous to life age-during.” (Matthew 25:46, YLT)
“And whoever may speak a word against the Son of Man it shall be forgiven to him, but whoever may speak against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, nor in that which is coming.” (Matthew 12:32, YLT)
“that He might show, in the ages that are coming, the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:7, YLT)
So, here is my ONLY QUESTION:
If the ‘next age (aion, eon, olam)’ is ETERNAL (as your claim, for example by quoting Luke 18:30 or Matthew 25:46 or Matthew 12:32 which all use the SAME Greek Word – singular noun/adjective) —> then doesn’t that CONTRADICT Ephesians 2:7 in that there are “ages to come” (plural-noun of that SAME Greek Word again)?
How does it contradict? The phrase “ages to come” (Ephesians 2:7, NASB) itself proves that there are at least TWO AGES which are coming —> which means the NEXT AGE (referred to in Luke 18:30 or Matthew 25:46 or Matthew 12:32) clearly ENDS making way for at least an AGE AFTER THAT. This means that the NEXT AGE CANNOT be eternal.
Please note that the AGE ends and NOT the Life because we continue to live because He Lives (as it is Written in John 6:57). Yes, the Blessed Saviour Himself Says that the one obtaining ‘age-during life first’ will also be ‘Raised Up’ at the LAST DAY of that age implying an END to that age (in John 6:54). Can you see it?
Your popular explanation that if it meant ‘eternal life’ (in John 6:54), then why does that believer need to be Raised Up at the LAST DAY since something eternal cannot be only until the ‘last day’ right?
Fact is, the ‘last day’ does NOT refer to the end of your life and it contradicts the ORDER in which it was stated namely that, one obtains this first —> “he who is eating My Flesh, and is drinking My Blood, hath life age-during,” (John 6:54, YLT) —> and only AFTER THAT —> at the LAST DAY of that AGE for the AGE-DURING Life —> the verse continues as follows, “and I will Raise him up in the LAST DAY;” (John 6:54, YLT).
Can your professorship or title change the order of the verse to claim something else? Just because you convinced say 66 million people, does the verse lose its meaning? I don’t think so and I will stick to it as IT IS WRITTEN. See the difference?
Truth is, we obtain the age-during life first (where we live to the next age) as He Promised to Give only that first (let’s not be greedy) —> when we partake of His FLESH (John 6:51) —> but we don’t die at the end of the next age as He Himself declares that we will live because He Lives (John 6:57) and that He Will Raise us Up at the LAST DAY of THAT AGE (implied by ORDER in which it is stated & as the only time-subject in this Verse – can you see it?, in John 6:54) —> Raise us Up to what? —> ‘Glory to Glory’ (2 Corinthians 3:18).
In other Words, we obtain Life to live to the next age by His Current FLESH (John 6:51) —> after which, we will be ‘Raised up’ (or be TRANSFORMED further into the IMAGE of His GLORY, 1 Corinthians 15:38 – 42) —> at the LAST DAY of the next age of this age-during life (John 6:54) —-> to experience a Greater Glory as He gets Glorified first, being TRANSFORMED as a REFLECTION of His Glory (John 17:24) which Rises Without END from age to Age (2 Corinthians 3:18) from Who ALONE is IMMORTAL (1 Timothy 6:16) where we get moulded further into the IMAGE of the Perfection His Image (Romans 8:29) where the glory into which we are transformed into age to age remains (2 Corinthians 3:11, Psalm 84:7). It is very clear in the quoted verses; can you see it now too (Isaiah 28:13)?
Yes, no man knows fully (1 Corinthians 13:12) but what is WRITTEN in His Holy Word Reveals His Purpose of the AGES in regards to this aspect too (Ephesians 3:11 – YLT, Luke 20:36, Colossians 3:4, 2 Peter 1:4):
“Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” (1 John 3:2, NASB)
Can you see how much of ‘details of the Truth’ we miss when we translate these verses as eternal instead of age or ages as it is actually WRITTEN-literally? (please read each quoted verse if possible from a literal Translation such as the YLT or Young’s Literal Translation to see the DEPTH & Incredible ACCURACY of HOLY SCRIPTURE). He is Truly an Amazing God, isn’t He?
He is Unchangeable as the Forgiving Saviour of the World & of ALL men too:
“For I will not contend forever, Nor will I always be angry; For the spirit would grow faint before Me, And the breath of those whom I have made.” (Isaiah 57:16, NASB)
Please note the distinction between the words AGE and FOR EVER in the more accurate literal translation below of this SAME VERSE (can you see that God has NO forever-anger/wroth to make an eternal Hell as popularly erred? – yes, for Hell to be eternal His Anger must be Forever which is NOT True as the GENERAL VERSE below clearly speaks with regards to both the SPIRITS and SOULS which HE HAS MADE, i.e. ALL RATIONAL CREATURES too – Can you REALLY see it?)
“For, not to the AGE do I strive, NOR FOR EVER am I wroth, For the spirit from before Me is feeble, And the souls I have made.” (Isaiah 57:16, YLT)
This the HOPE of the GOSPEL toward ALL Men (that He Will SAVE them, where believers are more special for believing in Him first):
“To this end we labor and strive, because we have set our HOPE on the Living God, who is the Savior of ALL men, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10, BSB)
This the HOPE of the GOSPEL toward ALL CREATION too (that He Will Set it FREE from SIN & its EFFECTS eventually as well):
“For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in HOPE that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the WHOLE CREATION groans and suffers the pains of childbirth TOGETHER until now.” (Romans 8:20 – 22, NASB)
“because in Him were CREATED ALL things in the heavens and upon the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and unto Him.
and by Him to RECONCILE ALL things to Himself, having made Peace by the Blood of His Cross through Him, whether the things on the earth or the things in the heavens.
if indeed you continue in the faith, established and firm, and not being moved away from the HOPE of the GOSPEL that you have heard, having been Proclaimed in ALL CREATION under heaven, of which I Paul have become a minister.” (Colossians 1:16, 20, 23, NASB)
Please note the word HOPE in the quoted verses.
Can you REALLY see this Blessed HOPE?
This HOPE that the GOSPEL will be PREACHED to ALL CREATION is Prophetically mentioned in Colossians 1:23 referring to the RECONCILIATION (Colossians 1:20) of ALL CREATED THINGS (Colossians 1:16) as only these VERSES among the CONSECUTIVE VERSES Speak this HOPE in regards to ALL CREATION. As the GOSPEL is PREACHED to ALL CREATION (a Proclamation of His Word), HE WILL HEAL ALL CREATION (Mark 16:15) too in Its OWN TIMES (1 Timothy 2:6) till God becomes ALL in All Creation (1 Corinthians 15:28) in the END filling up ALL things (Ephesians 1:23, Ephesians 4:20) eventually (Ephesians 1:10). Can we understand it by ‘combining’ all these related Verses as it is WRITTEN?
The other verses surrounding it are special in regards to believers receiving that Reconciliation on earth itself during the ‘present time or now’ (e.g. Colossians 1:21 – 22) as a highlight being ‘more special’ for believing first and thus escaping afterlife Judgment for sure (John 5:24).
So, believers a more ‘special’ (1 Timothy 4:10) in that they ‘become the first fruits among the rest of His Creation’ (and NOT the only fruits) by His Immutable WILL (John 1:13, Romans 11:29) as the Verse below Majestically Declares too:
“In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the Word of Truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.” (James 1:18, NASB)
Please also note the phrase “the Word of Truth” in last verse above.
Indeed, if we TRULY LOVE HIM, we are Commanded to Prove it by FEEDING HIS SHEEP too (which means, Preaching the TRUTH of the GOSPEL, right?) as the VERSE below reveals:
“He says to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you dearly love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you dearly love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I dearly love You.” Jesus says to him, “Feed My sheep.” (John 21:17, NASB)
So, in light of all this, do we REALLY Love Him?
Oh, What a Beautiful God He REALLY is!
P/S: Here are some related posts for further edification:
Yes, For a more detailed explanation in regards to Salvation post afterlife Judgment, please consider the posts below:
- a) Lake of Fire – Mercy – ALL to REPENTANCE eventually
- b) Resurrection of the Dead – Meaning of Perish?
- c) Our Righteousness vs God’s Righteousness
- d) For more details regarding this particular aspect, please consider the write-up below for edification:
- e) God’s Will – Irrefutable – Unchangeable
- f) Born Again – What is being Born Again?
- g) Regards Mysterious Days (or Time Periods) appointed for all these:
- h) Hell’s Eternal Rebellion?
- I) Resurrection of the Dead – Is there Hope for the Wicked too?
- J) New Testament Truth – Reconcile All Created things? God’s House?
I don’t think the Verses below apply toward false teachings but to the parts which we get right in doctrine, it may apply to us as well:
“And those teaching [or Wise] do shine as the brightness of the expanse, and those justifying the multitude as stars to the age and for ever.” (Daniel 12:3, YLT)
“The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.” (1 Timothy 5:17, NASB)
Indeed, All Glory to YHWH Alone:
“and receive the kingdom do the saints of the Most High, and they strengthen the kingdom unto the age, even unto the age of the Ages.” (Daniel 7:18, YLT)