We are NOT saved by our righteousness (Romans 3:20, Romans 3:28, Titus 3:5, Matthew 5:20) but by God’s Righteousness Alone (Isaiah 45:24) which is by the Faith of Jesus Christ Alone (Romans 3:22) which He obtains by Fulfilling All Law and Prophets Completely, obtaining Perfect Score (Matthew 5:17) which He then Imputes upon ALL (Romans 3:22) —> yes, upon ALL who ‘sinned’ or ‘missed the mark of the Perfection of God Alone’ (Romans 3:23) —> who then become Justified Freely by His Grace or Mercy (Romans 3:24, Romans 11:32) when this takes place for each of the ALL in its Own Times Appointed for this respectively (1 Timothy 2:6) —> and for example ALL men will be Saved (1 Timothy 2:4 – KJV, John 12:32, 1 Timothy 4:10, Romans 5:18 – 19, 1 Corinthians 15:22, 2 Samuel 14:14) —> Yes, both the command-keeper and the command breaker will be in the kingdom of the heavens eventually due to this (Matthew 5:19) —> and beyond men, ALL Creation too eventually (Romans 8:20 – 22, 1 Corinthians 15:28) in its Own Times too (Ephesians 1:10, Acts 3:21).
How about our righteousness?
Our Righteousness may be obtained in three ways as follows:
(i) By Obeying the Law (Deuteronomy 6:25, in principle) toward the Law and Prophets which pertain to us according to the New Testament (Acts 15, Acts 21:24 – 25) as He Commanded through His Apostles too (2 Peter 3:2, 1 Corinthians 14:37, Romans 1:5).
(ii) By doing the Works with faith (James 2:26) where our faith does NOT save us (James 2:14 because only the Faith of Jesus Christ Saves us, Romans 3:22, Galatians 2:16 – KJV, which is NOT of us, Ephesians 2:8) —> where our faith (the ability to believe) in the Faith of Jesus Christ itself is a Gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).
This Justification by works through faith (James 2:24) does NOT leads to Salvation (Romans 3:28, Romans 3:21) —> but rather toward rewards (Revelation 22:12) contributing toward being ‘least or greatest’ in the kingdom of the heavens too (Matthew 5:19).
(iii) There is another righteousness which is credited to us which is entirely based on believing in God Who Justifies the ungodly (Romans 4:5) which is NOT dependent on any works!
This righteousness is rarely known and pertains toward believing that both the righteous and wicked will eventually be in His Kingdom of the Heavens (Matthew 5:19) through the post-Judgment Raising up of the wicked (Acts 24:15) where the ‘spirit’ which continues to live according to the Will of God post-afterlife Judgment (1 Peter 4:6) where body + soul is destroyed in Hell first (Matthew 10:28)—> and in such cases where His Mercy has Triumphed over and ended these afterlife Judgment sentences be it the eternal-hell sentence itself (James 2:13) by His Mercy toward ALL the DISOBEDIENT/UNBELIEVING eventually too (Romans 11:32) —> causing the ALL who die in ADAM (i.e. both the righteous and the wicked, or the godly and the ungodly, Romans 5:18 – 19 too) to be Raised to Life in CHRIST (1 Corinthians 15:22) eventually —> where this ‘spirit’ will be given a ‘spiritual body’ (1 Corinthians 15:44) accordingly as per the details toward this END (1 Corinthians 15:24) is described in 1 Corinthians 15 itself with regards to the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1).
Please note that the Context of anything written in 1 Corinthians 15 applies to ALL MEN (and not believers only) as 1 Corinthians 15:22 & 1 Corinthians 15:49 implies in all generality first though the process is described with ‘us’ (believers) obtaining first without excluding the rest as 1 Corinthians 15:22 clearly includes ALL men and 1 Corinthians 15:28 generalizes toward the enemies (1 Corinthians 15:25) and ALL creation too (1 Corinthians 15:27 – 28).
For example, in regards to ALL men (1 Corinthians 15:49), the ‘least and greatest’ in His Kingdom (Matthew 5:19) may be understood also in the Context of Different Type & Glory of the Resurrected Body (1 Corinthians 15:38 – 49) which is SINLESS (meaning of imperishable & incorruptible as found in 1 Corinthians 15:42, 1 Corinthians 15:53).
Only when this FULL UNIVERSAL RECONCILIATION in CHRIST is achieved in the END and God becomes ALL in ALL creation (1 Corinthians 15:28) —> and the exclamation of Victory over Death & Hades (Hell) makes sense as it is Written in 1 Corinthians 15:54 – 57. It doesn’t make sense if there are billions or even if one spirit is still caught up in Hell (Hades or Death) which will be cast into the Lake of Fire too when this happens. To understand further as to how God Saves from the Lake of Fire itself, please consider the write up below for edification:
Are we able to understand it?
Thereby, believing that ALL men will be saved by Him (1 Timothy 2:4 – KJV) eventually (1 Timothy 4:9 – 10) and thereafter ‘teaching and commanding these things’ (which pertains to this, 1 Timothy 4:11) —> can cause us to obtain this ‘righteousness’ which comes from believing that God Justifies the ungodly in this Way too as He has Willed (Immutable, Romans 4:5).
Can we see it?
Here’s a brief post regarding God’s Immutable Will too:
Yes, further details in posts below even with regards to
1) ALL will believe eventually (some only ‘believing after seeing’, John 6:40)
2) ALL (John 3:35, John 13:3) will Return Post Judgment Casting Out [during the LAST DAY, John 6:37] where they Get Reconciled (and NEVER cast out again, Colossians 1:20, John 6:39) as the Will of God Declares Majestically (John 6:38):
Let us strive our best to fulfil not just one aspect to obtain our righteousness which pertains toward rewards but also in other aspects as Holy Scripture clearly reveals which are ONLY accurately seen when translated word-to-word closely as it is Written.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7, KJV)
Doing Ministry or Running the Race of Faith according to HIS RULES is more important than popularly overlooked as it is clearly highlighted in Verse below too:
“Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.” (2 Timothy 2:5, NASB)
So, let us be Wise in His Word and Peace to you
Some further Links for Edification regarding this:
- a) FAQ – Common Man-Made Objections against Christ Saving All eventually
- b) Mercy to All or believers only? – End for the Nations – Is it ALL Nations?
- c) Understanding the afterlife Punishment Purpose in “Aionion Kolasin” (Matthew 25:46)
Indeed, We Will MARVEL at HIS WORK in Raising Up the Dead! as Verses below Declare Beautifully and Prophetically agreeing to ALL this:
“For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and the Father will show Him greater works than these, so that you will marvel.
“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.” (John 5:20 – 21, NASB)