..various musing (and my blog 4 today) ..2 resurrections, the dead will hear his voice and those who hear will live..
I used to think it was possible those who do not come to faith during their life, they were beyond hope and they would perish (the lake of fire being the second "death"). But this too defies all logic and observation (second only to the Bible!)
- Is it possible those all through history who have never heard the gospel, nor been told of Jesus, are all, every one, beyond hope of believing and repentence? Or, is it possible they simply fall through the cracks? Tell me truly, is that last one possible?
- Jesus told the Pharisees, whom He knew were wanting and plotting to do away with Him, if they were blind they would have no sin, but because they (say they?) are not blind, their sin remains. Not that anyone inherits eternal life without believing in Jesus. "Those who have the Son have life, and those who have not the Son have not life."
- 1 Timothy 4:10 says "God is the savior of all". And Psalm 22:27 says "All the ends of the earth.. will turn to the LORD, and all families of the nations will worship before Him.." (God speaking of His covenant told Abraham that in him "all the families of the earth would be blessed". Not some. "All". The `in him` Paul, centuries later explained, is in Jesus. In Abraham's "seed" who was Jesus, "aLL families of the earth will be blessed".)
- When man first fell/turned (from perfection/eternal life) God promised and revealed His work, His covenant - Genesis 3:15 - the seed would bruise the serpents head / overcome the devil and his works which is death and the grave - Hebrews 2:14, Revelation 20:14.
- There is one scripture which could suggest unless one believes upon Jesus before death, they are lost. This is when Jesus tells the Pharisees "if you do not believe, you will die in your sins". What does this mean to die in their sins? It means they would be of the second resurrection rather than the first. Surely a far inferior one, as the first resurrection is when immortality and perfection will be "put on" instantaneously with the dead's rising, 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17.
- "...The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and those that hear shall live" - Jesus, John 5:25. After the two resurrections and the long span between them (1,000 years) will be what surely must be a very (very) long day of the examination of all things commonly called "Judgment Day", the examination of all human history and all lives as to what went right and what went wrong (surely? a long day of intense examination and review).
- At the close of this day shall come true those notorious words, "those not" believing ("written in the Book of Life) will go to the second death" - Revelation 20:15. "It pleased God... to reconcile all, things to Himself; by Him" (Jesus) "whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven" - Colossians 1:20.
- "And death and the grave will be thrown into the lake of fire, the second death" - Revelation 20:14. "Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father.. and the last enemy that will be abolished is death" - 1 Corinthians 15:24,26. "He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death.. nor mourning" - Revelation 21:4.