The Power of God: He is Risen
Hades couldn’t even hold,
Death couldn’t kill,
The Prince of Life!
The angels (heavenly messengers) declare:
“The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, Who was crucified. He is not here;
He has Risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.” (Matthew 28:5 – 6)
The first saving of Christ from Hades (hell) to those spirits bound for a long time in prison:
“He went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water.” (1 Peter 3:19 – 20)
He did it once, He can do it again (literally), that is, there’s no limit to His Saving ability:
“For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.” (1 Peter 4:6)
He led the captives free (literally, note that only the wicked abide in the “lower parts” as captives or prisoners; no righteous ones dwell there proving again that the True Messiah is the One Who has the Power to save from hell itself!) This is clearly the outcome of His Grace alone in the sense that be it if He needs to descend into the “lower parts of the earth” (commonly held as ‘hell’ itself):
“”But to each one of us Grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it[or God] says, ‘When He ascended on high, He took many captives and gave gifts to His people.'[Psalm 68:18] (What does ‘He ascended’ mean except that He also descended to the lower, earthly regions?[or the depths of the earth] He who descended is the very One Who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole World.” (Ephesians 4:7 – 10)
The next verse below clearly shows that a ‘change of will’ can and will happen in ‘hell itself’ (under the earth).
Why? Simply because it is also written elsewhere that ‘no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit’ (1 Corinthians 12:3) and that the Holy Spirit only comes upon those who ‘repent’ and believe in Him (saved by Him).
It’s inevitable as the verse below declares that “all” will declare that “Jesus is Lord”, bowing their knee only after each one has been “saved” by Him. You can only call Christ Lord “truthfully” if you have “truly repented”. It unavoidable in the sense that since God never “forced” you to believe in Him here, neither will He do so after you die (He does change from His good principles, literally).
Therefore, the only way the “true confession of Christ being Lord uttered by all rational creatures” as stated below may happen if and only if “He saved them all, be it from hell itself” (when all these verses are ‘literally’ or truly taken). If this “confession” wasn’t a true one or forced upon disobedient creatures, then it would not give “glory of God the Father” (written below).
“God exalted Him and gave to Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth (hell itself), and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9 – 11)
Even in the Old Testament God has declared His plan to save from ‘hell’ itself. Note that in the Old Testament, another word translated equivalently to hell is the word ‘pit’. This together with the fact that ‘hell or Hades is waterless’ (remember the rich man?) proves in literal context that ‘waterless pit’ = hell and the verse below declares the Omnipotence of God being able to save its prisoners from it!
“As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.”. (Zechariah 9:11)
Even the “fallen ones” (fallen angels, devils or demons) though they be punished severely for their transgressions, but will be shown Mercy (by them being ‘visited’ proven from the phrase ‘they shall be visited’ though it may be after a long time as implied by the phrase ‘after many days’).
Note that these “host of high ones” (not men but the principalities & rulers of darkness in the age) are “not” said to be “punished eternally nor without end”. The word “visitation” itself proves that their punishment is aimed at the destruction of their “sin and evil” (rehabilitation) and they are “visited” to see if this has been achieved.
This takes a “long time” (many days) simply because God doesn’t force them to change against their will (free will) but waits patiently (longsuffering) even via their judgment till their “wills” change after the “evil nature” is destroyed (ceases to exist). When “evil ceases to exist” in each of them, they “repent” (change their wills).
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.” (Isaiah 24:21 – 22)
That is why apostle John clearly distinguishes between Christ being the propitiation of sins not only for Christians (the word ‘us’ in 1 John 2:2) but also for the whole world (all) in this same verse.
That is why apostle Paul also clearly distinguishes the above in like manner with respect to “all men” versus “believers” (in 1 Timothy 4:10) when he implies literally that God “saves all men” is the “end” for “men” (note the word “end” in this passage).
Christ is not only the Saviour of Christians only nor of all men only, evidenced by the collective declaration of faith via apostle John (in 1 John 4:14) where it is literally exclaimed ‘truly’ that the ‘Son is Saviour of the World’ too!
World = all things. Thus all who need reconciliation (rational creatures which sinned) will be “reconciled” (saved and restored to life too from their abiding in death all this while due to their sins) and more accurately, all these will be “reconciled by Christ Jesus alone” as the Word declares below:
“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 the heavens.” (Colossians 1:20)
Let the world rejoice!
Let the angels sing!
Let the whole earth see!
That our King is born!
To Save us All!
To Save us All!
His Name is Jesus!
(Son of God)
To Him be the Glory and Power to the ages of Ages, and beyond!