What’s the Deeper Meaning of Acts 4:12 (Verse in image)?
“we MUST be SAVED”
No matter now, or in the future —-> in this temporal life or in the afterlife —-> before afterlife Judgment or post afterlife Judgments.
The meaning of “MUST” in “we MUST be SAVED”.
The Original Greek Word translated as “MUST” in this Verse is “Dei” (please see image below) which means “INEVITABLY NECESSARY” and since Salvation depends on God Alone (as unless the Father Draws – John 6:44 and ALL are taught by God first – John 6:45, in this life or next), NONE can be SAVED or COME to Him (John 6:37) unless He Wills it. Best is He has WILLED the SALVATION of ALL MEN (1 Timothy 2:4, 1 Timothy 4:10, Titus 2:11, 2 Peter 3:9) and thus it MUST come to PASS EVENTUALLY.
Hence Salvation depending on God’s Work Alone in Lord Jesus Christ CANNOT FAIL and thus ALL MANKIND will eventually be SAVED by HIS MOST AWESOME WORK of HIS CROSS!
Please remember that believers are NOT the ‘only’ ones “given to Him” (as popularly erred in Calvinism, quoting John 6:37) without realizing that ALL [Created] things are GIVEN to Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:35, John 13:3, Luke 10:22) and apostle Paul understood it likewise too (Colossians 1:16 with Colossians 1:20).
Can you see the ‘predestined Salvation’ of All men eventually as Prophesied elsewhere in 1 Timothy 2:4 and 1 Timothy 4:10 way past any afterlife Judgments?
That’s why God’s Will is SOVEREIGN and IMMUTABLE and WILL COME TO PASS in its OWN DIVINE-KAIROIS TIMES eventually (1 Timothy 2:6).
Let’s not be deceived otherwise.
Now, Who are the “all that the Father doth give to Me will come unto Me” (John 6:37)?
Let Scripture explain Scripture (e.g. Let John 17:2 interpret John 6:37).
“all that the Father doth give to Me will come unto Me; and him who is coming unto Me, I may in no wise cast without” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 6:37, YLT)
“according as Thou didst give to Him authority over all flesh, that — all that Thou hast given to Him — He may give to them life age-during;” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:2, YLT)
“All Flesh” = ALL MEN after they are RESURRECTED or MADE ALIVE in CHRIST post afterlife Judgment (1 Corinthians 15:21 – 22).
Please note carefully in John 17:2 & John 6:37, that the similar phrase contained therein means this:
“all that the Father doth give to Me” (John 6:37) = “all that Thou hast given to Him” (John 17:2) = “according as Thou didst give to Him authority over all flesh” (example in the context or subset of ALL FLESH – highlighted, John 17:2) = ALL MEN in the RESURRECTED State (meaning of ALL FLESH, 1 Corinthians 15:21 – 22, Acts 24:15).
Please note that the ‘first resurrection of the Wicked’ (explained in John 5:28 – 29) is them being raised in a PERISHABLE FLESH (1 Corinthians 15:44) of some sort for JUDGMENT in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:11 – 15) —> where this FIRST RESURRECTED FLESH for JUDGMENT will be DESTROYED with THEIR SINS in the Gehenna Fires of Hades now mingled in the Lake of Fire to form the SECOND DEATH (Revelation 20:14) as the FINAL JUDGMENT toward THE DEAD (1 Peter 4:5) —–> but it doesn’t end there as their SPIRIT will LIVE TO GOD post this FINAL JUDGMENT as 1 Peter 4:6 Reveals this Secret.
So, the WICKED DEAD die TWICE (first in their temporal life and a second time in the Lake of Fire) —-> the ‘meaning of Second Death’ (Revelation 20:11 – 15, 1 Peter 4:5) ——> but will LIVE TO GOD in their SPIRIT-state thereafter as the MADE ALIVE IN CHRIST (1 Corinthians 15:22) part applies in the Context of the Resurrection of the Dead (1 Corinthians 15:21) toward a HOPE of obtaining a SINLESS non-perishable (i. e. IMPERISHABLE Body too, 1 Corinthians 15:50) as Promised to ALL MEN (1 Corinthians 15:42, 1 Corinthians 15:49, 1 Corinthians 15:22) including the WICKED too (Acts 24:15).
Apostle Paul does NOT Write about the Second Death in the Lake of Fire at all in 1 Corinthians because he is focused in the BEYOND the afterlife Judgment-part toward the END result only in that “all men who die in Adam” will be “made alive in Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:21 – 22, not immediately but post age-during Judgment in the Lake of Fire for some) —-> where “being MADE ALIVE in CHRIST” means in the FLESH of a RESURRECTED IMPERISHABLE SINLESS BODY eventually but with differing glory (1 Corinthians 15:38 – 44).
So, the “age-during life” given to ALL FLESH = ALL MEN eventually as John 17:2 Reveals Beautifully refers to
(i) Believers in Faith of Jesus Christ – Sheepfold1
Believers (John 3:16), Sheepfold1 who “know Him during their temporal life on earth itself” (Definition: John 10:14) or the dead in Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:14 – 17) obtain the age-during life at the start hour “now is” (John 5:25) in the “Last Day” of this age itself – AGE1 during the “First Resurrection” (Revelation 20:4 – 6) and live onwards without ever dying (Luke 20:35 – 36).
(ii) Believers after Seeing Him (not faith) – Sheepfold2
Those who believe in Him after seeing Him in the afterlife (John 6:40) and are Saved by Lord Jesus Christ there (implied in analogy of John 3:14 – 15) are the righteous in life with good deeds (John 5:28 – 29) who did “NOT know Him during their temporal life on earth prior” (Definition: John 10:16) —-> who obtain the “Second Resurrection toward the righteous” (being raised in a FLESH or RESURRECTED BODY together with the WICKED – same time, as Described in both Daniel 12:2, John 5:28 – 29) —–> after the “1000-year Millennial Reign of Christ with His Bride toward those living on earth at that time is over” (Revelation 20:4 – 6) —-> obtain “age-during life” toward life in AGE2 (Matthew 25:46) onwards —-> post Great White Throne Judgment having been Raised during the last hour or the “hour is coming” (referred to in both John 5:25 and John 5:28 – 29) during this Last Day of AGE1 (John 6:40) having their names Written in the Lamb’s Book of Life post Great White Throne of Judgment (Matthew 25:31 – 46, Revelation 20:11 – 15).
Before the Resurrection, these live with their ‘souls (with spirit)’ either in the Blessed afterlife Regions (for the righteous) or in the Punishment regions (for the wicked) as Luke 16:19 – 31 in the story of the “Rich Man and Lazarus reveals”. After the Resurrection, one gets to live in the FLESH (soul with spirit or spirit only if soul was destroyed in Gehenna Fire completely for some, Matthew 10:28) —-> gets a BODY (a Bodily Resurrection in a ‘spiritual body’, 1 Corinthians 15:44) —-> spirit + body = spiritual body = Bodily Resurrection in the FLESH.
Please note carefully that “two sheep folds or sheep pens” are referred to by Lord Jesus Christ in John 10:14 and John 10:16. The Greek Word “Aules” (meaning “pen” or “fold” or “house” or “courtyard” for the sheep) refers to its dwelling place and NOT the sheep itself. Can you see it?
The popular fallacy of claiming that the “two sheep folds” (John 10:16) refers to “Jewish vs Gentile sheep” is flawed because if true, it means that “Jewish sheep go to a different sheep pen or sheep house than the Gentile sheep” —-> meaning that Jewish and Gentile sheep go to different places in the heavens with their souls after they die plainly contradicting Galatians 3:28 and Ephesians 3:6 in that there is NO AFTERLIFE Distinction between Jewish and Gentile sheep when they die.
Please note that when Lord Jesus Christ meant “sheep fold or sheep pen” (John 10:16), He is referring to the “dwelling place” (or “Home” or “House”) of the sheep meaning that it refers to their AFTERLIFE DWELLING PLACES (John 14:2 – 3) and NOT an earthly sheep fold/pen/house in any way because we are ‘strangers and pilgrims on earth’ having only a HEAVENLY HOME (Hebrews 11:13 – 16).
So, if the sheep are separated into two types based on their AFTERLIFE DWELLING PLACES or “sheep pen/fold/house” —–> then “Sheepfold1” vs “Sheepfold2” go to a ‘higher vs lower’ blessed afterlife regions (different houses – area) in the AFTERLIFE —-> where Sheepfold1 (John 10:14) KNOW Him (hence any believer in the Faith of Jesus Christ, be it Jew or Gentile, 1 Thessalonians 4:14 – 17) while Sheepfold2 (John 10:16) do NOT know Him until they are brought in by Lord Jesus Christ (i. e. Saved in the afterlife, John 3:14 – 15) and only recognize Him after SEEING Him there as their Saviour (John 6:40) being brought into their respective “sheep fold/pen/house” respectively as John 10:16 clearly means.
Lord Jesus Christ makes these two sheep folds into one on Judgment Day (Revelation 20:11 – 15) as both sheep inherit age-during life but His Bride (Sheepfold1) is always ‘higher’ having lived 1000 years earlier too (Revelation 20:4 – 6).
Sheepfold1 inherits age-during life in AGE1 itself in their RESURRECTED FLESH (as promised “in this time (or last day during the 1000 years Millennial Reign itself – Revelation 20:4 – 6, of this current AGE1)” in Luke 18:30, Mark 10:30) and in the “age to come too (AGE2)” (Luke 18:30, Mark 10:30 – post Judgment Day) while Sheepfold2 only obtains age-during life post Judgment Day (Matthew 25:46) into life in a RESURRECTED BODY or FLESH in AGE2 onwards.
Scripture’s Depth and Accuracy is incredible if we take each Verse and phrases contained therein to mean details as we just discussed above.
Please also note that in Matthew 25:31 – 46, some of the righteous are “genuinely surprised” that the Lord considers them having done Good to His Brethren which proves that these must be Sheepfold2 and not Sheepfold1 especially since no Christian would be surprised by it (KNOWING the Lord and His Words).
Also, please note that the Great White Throne of Judgment (Revelation 20:11 – 15) occurs after the 1000 Millennial Reign of Christ (Revelation 20:4 – 6 first) meaning that —> Sheepfold1 being the only ones having the RESURRECTED in the FLESH with a PERFECT IMMORTAL GLORIOUS BODY to “live on earth” (Luke 20:35 – 36) alongside “mortals” too prior (e. g. Isaiah 65:20) —-> surely MUST KNOW that the “Second Death” cannot harm them in any way (Revelation 20:6) —–> and thus Sheepfold1 CANNOT be hypocritically “surprised” to realize that their names are in the Book of Life (as Matthew 25:37 – 39 mentions these ‘surprised sheep’) because they have already reigned with Christ 1000 years earlier (Revelation 20:5) and thus must surely know that their names are in the Book of Life!
Best proof of Sheepfold2 is by the Mouth of our Blessed Savior Himself Who Declares that this Second Resurrection (John 5:28 – 29) which refers to both the wicked + righteous raised at the ‘same time, simultaneously hence it cannot be the First Resurrection (Revelation 20:5, Daniel 12:2)’ ——> consists of the Sheepfold2 referring to “those who did GOOD DEEDS” (please note this phrase carefully in John 5:28 – 29) and NOTHING is mentioned regarding “faith in Christ or believing in Him prior in these Verses” (let’s not add to His Blessed Words) —-> agreeing to apostle Paul’s Judgment Day Description in Romans 2 where he also does NOT mention any Judgment with regard to ‘faith in Christ or believing prior in their temporal life’ (Romans 2:5, Romans 2:16, Romans 2:6) but only a Final Judgment based on GOOD WORKS toward these (Romans 2:7) as it is Written agreeing to all this.
(iii) The Wicked
The phrase “those who don’t obey the truth” (Romans 2:8) refers NOT to ‘faith in Christ or believing prior in their temporal life’ —-> as nowhere in Romans 2 it is linked to that —> but rather it refers to “WHATEVER GOOD DEEDS vs BAD DEEDS” (Romans 2:6) which matches or is against God’s Law accordingly (Romans 2:12 – 13) as Verses below Describe too:
“For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, on the [Judgment] Day when, according to my Gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.” – apostle Paul (Romans 2:14 – 16, NASB)
The believing vs not believing Judgment-part is from the time now till before the Final Great White Throne of Judgment. Can you see it?
The Verse in Romans 2:6 makes it clear that this Final Judgment is based on what one did only and those who have believed in Him (Sheepfold1 in faith – 1 Thessalonians 4:14 – 17 while Sheepfold2 after seeing Him in the afterlife-John 6:40) are ‘safe on Judgment Day’ —–> where the WICKED who refused to believe Him and have done abominable deeds will find themselves in the Lake of Fire first (Romans 2:9, Revelation 20:15, Revelation 21:8).
Please note that some of the wicked will not be forgiven till the next age (AGE2) as it is WARNED in Verse below (please do NOT utter things against His Holy Spirit – I implore you):
“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 [AGE1] or in the age to come [AGE2].” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:32, NASB)
The Lake of Fire Sentence is to the “age to come [AGE2]” because Judgment Day occurs on His Throne on this Last Day of this AGE [AGE1, i.e. AGE1 is OVER by then, Matthew 25:31 & Revelation 20:11 for this Context first):
“And these [wicked] shall go away to punishment age-during [in AGE2], but the righteous to life age-during [in AGE2].” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:46, YLT)
There are “ages [plural] to come” referring to ‘AGE2 and AGE3 at least’ because ‘future ages cannot refer to the current age’ [AGE1, excluding this age] as it is revealed in Verse below:
“so that in the ages to come [AGE2, AGE3, …] He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:7, NASB)
Thus since the MAXIMUM Judgment Sentence is till AGE2 (Matthew 12:32, Matthew 25:46) as per Verses above, the HOPE for the RESURRECTION of the DEAD for the WICKED (Acts 24:15) to be MADE ALIVE in CHRIST (1 Corinthians 15:21 – 22) must this happen in AGE3 onward as the ‘three ages Mystery regarding the Salvation of All Men may be referred to in Verse below’:
“He [Lord Jesus Christ] spoke another parable to them, “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three pecks of flour until it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:33, NASB)
leaven = Christ’s Leaven is SALVATION
three pecks = Three AGES
flour = All MEN
all leavened = ALL [Men] SAVED
Regardless if the parable above refers to this interpretation or not, the remaining wicked men (now not wicked anymore post Lake of Fire Judgment in AGE2) —> MUST be SAVED (as per Acts 4:12 and stronger Verses stating this Fact Plainly such as 1 Timothy 2:4-KJV, Titus 2:11 even believers contrasted as a special subset to which God Saves ALL MEN eventually is mentioned in 1 Timothy 4:10 too, Romans 5:18 – 19 as well) as His MERCY Triumphs and ENDS any afterlife Judgment Sentence (even if it’s the ‘eternal Hell Sentence’) as it is Mentioned in James 2:13. God does NOT Change from His Perfect Principles Revealed in Holy Scripture.
Consider also these Verses regarding ALL FLESH PROPHETICALLY Written toward this END [Please note the word ALL FLESH carefully in each Verse]:
“And they shall go forth, and look upon the CARCASSES of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto ALL FLESH.” (Isaiah 66:24, KJV)
“according as Thou didst give to Him authority over ALL FLESH, that — all that Thou hast given to Him — He may give to them life age-during;” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:2, YLT)
“And ALL FLESH shall see the Salvation of God.” (Luke 3:6, KJV)
“And the Glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and ALL FLESH shall see it together: for the Mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 40:5, KJV)
What do these Verses mean?
So these Verses imply that ALL FLESH (in their Respective IMPERISHABLE – SINLESS Resurrected Bodies – 1 Corinthians 15:42, 1 Corinthians 15:50, being Made Alive by Christ eventually in the END, 1 Corinthians 15:21 – 22) —-> will EXPERIENCE God’s Salvation because:
1) CARCASSES ONLY
CARCASSES = Dead Body with NO SOUL and NO SPIRIT (hence NO Conscious Torment remains)
“CARCASSES of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched” (Isaiah 66:24) = Eventually in this Fire that is NOT quenched ONLY the LIFELESS Dead Bodies remain with NO SOUL and NO SPIRIT of any man being DESTROYED because SIN DWELT there (refers to the absolute destruction of the bodies which contained sin).
2) SPIRIT lives to God post Lake of Fire Judgment
What happened to their ‘soul and spirit’?
As Explained prior, in the Lake of Fire which contains the Fires of Gehenna (from Hades, Revelation 20:14) —> causes the Second Death toward the BODY + SOUL only belonging to these WICKED (Matthew 10:28) —> Man is made up of Body + Soul + Spirit distinctly though there may be overlaps (1 Thessalonians 5:23 reveals this distinction) —->so the wicked is Resurrected in a PERISHABLE FLESH first for JUDGMENT in the LAKE of FIRE which is DESTROYED, hence perishable (John 5:28 – 29) —> but their SPIRIT is SAVED because it LIVES to GOD after this Judgment in the Lake of Fire (1 Peter 4:6).
This SPIRIT may be given a SPIRITUAL BODY (1 Corinthians 15:44) as the General Context of the Resurrection of the Dead (1 Corinthians 15:21) applies toward ALL MEN eventually (1 Corinthians 15:49) in their ‘own order (or time, implied in 1 Corinthians 15:23)’ as the HOPE for the Wicked too (Acts 24:15) toward this END for ALL MEN to be MADE ALIVE by CHRIST (1 Corinthians 15:22).
MADE ALIVE by CHRIST (1 Corinthians 15:22) = In an Imperishable Sinless Body (1 Corinthians 15:42, 1 Corinthians 15:50).
Is there Hope beyond the Lake of Fire as Described Earlier? Yes, to quote:
Reconciliation from the Lake of Fire is Prophetically mentioned in the Mysterious Verse below (after their Judgment first in the Lake of Fire, ‘their part’ in Revelation 21:8):
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.” (Revelation 22:17, NASB)
Please note that the ‘Bride’ (His Church, believers) are calling out to the “thirsty” ones (from the ‘lake of Fire’, post Judgment) to be ‘relieved of their thirst’ (as ONLY those being punished in the Lake of Fire can feel thirsty, right?). Believers can never thirst in the afterlife (John 6:35, John 4:14) and thus cannot be the ones referred to in the verse above (Revelation 22:17) especially since ‘all believers of faith’ are His BRIDE (mentioned distinctly in Revelation 22:17).
3) ALL FLESH together = ALL MANKIND in their IMPERISHABLE RESURRECTED BODIES of differing Glory accordingly (1 Corinthians 15:35 – 49)
Hence the quoted Verses referring to ALL FLESH (all men ever created being in their respective resurrected bodies) SEE the SALVATION of God and in Isaiah 66:24 —> some of them also look at their FORMER CARCASS or DEAD BODY in sin being destroyed in the ‘unquenchable Lake of Fire’ —> they ‘loathe their past self in that body’ (because now they are SAVED in an IMPERISHABLE Resurrected Body HATING SIN too) as it is PROPHETICALLY Revealed in Verses above agreeing in PRINCIPLE in Verse below (toward such amongst these):
“Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations.” (Ezekiel 36:31, NASB)
So, Isaiah 66:24 must refer PROPHETICALLY to somewhere a Time in AGE3 because only then ALL FLESH (All Mankind ever Created are SAVED being Resurrected in an Imperishable Sinless Body too). Deep, isn’t it? The Word of the LORD is Such (Deep and ‘a little here, a little there’):
“To whom would He teach knowledge,
And to whom would He interpret the message?
Those just weaned from milk?
Those just taken from the breast?
“For He says,
‘Order on order, order on order,
Line on line, line on line,
A little here, a little there.’” (Isaiah 28:9 – 10, NASB)
4) ALL FLESH in John 17:2
“according as Thou didst give to Him authority over all flesh, that — all that Thou hast given to Him — He may give to them life age-during;” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:2, YLT)
Thus in light of all these Scripture we see that the “age-during life” given to “each of the ALL FLESH” mentioned in this Verse (John 17:2) must mean as follows:
(i) Life age-during in AGE1 onward is given to Sheepfold1 in the FLESH of their SINLESS RESURRECTED BODIES.
(ii) Life age-during in AGE2 onward is given to Sheepfold2 in the FLESH of their SINLESS RESURRECTED BODIES.
(iii) Life age-during in AGE3 onward is given to the formerly-Wicked post Lake of Fire Judgment in the FLESH of their SINLESS RESURRECTED BODIES (implied).
P/S: FLESH refers to a RESURRECTED BODY in these Verses (Context of afterlife and Salvation implies this). For example, the infamous Prophecy by Job that he will see God in the FLESH (or Resurrected Body)
“And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my FLESH shall I see God:” (Job 19:26, KJV)
ALL Glory to Lord Jesus Christ, the Blessed Saviour of the World!