If all will be equal.....what tragedy is there?
This is where Christian Universalism differs from other forms of Universalism; where Biblical Universalism makes a sharp departure between social, religious, humanistic, and other forms of Universalism. All will not be equal:
35 But someone will say, "How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?" 36 Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as He pleases
), and to each seed its own body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh
, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead.....
(i.e. distinctions of judgment
Jumping back a few verses to what leads into this passage above:
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order...
(i.e. timing, yes, but star differing from star in glory as well
Even in this life, as shocking as it may seem, not all people who become Christians are recreated equal:
14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. (1Corinthians 12:14-25)
Did you notice equality of treatment between us, but the furthest thing from an equality of treatment of each member by God? God reserves to Himself the right to treat someone that dies in their drunkenness entirely differently from how He treats me. Perhaps it's the equality issue/plank that won't allow some people to see afterlife punishments, because if He didn't totally cook their hide in bringing them in, then why would He do that to someone else? The chastenings of the Lord, as well as His blessings, according to the above are not proportioned equally. There is preferential treatment based upon the end result that God is after, as well as the circumstances that He has to address in the behalf of His Holy Name's sake. Which means, He can vary His severity as is appropriate to one member without having to treat someone else with any severity whatsoever their whole life- and eternity -long.
Reading further from 1Corinthians 12:
28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the best gifts...
What's the point of being desirous of the best gifts like a little kid if the best gifts were automatic, or that if you automatically hadn't gotten something that it was His sovereign will for you not to have it? That is very serious error for which there's liable to be a serious loss of reward on the part of those that entertain it. People love to abuse verse 30 in this passage "Do all speak with tongues?" as though it was an "out," when in reality He was asking if all were ministering with tongues and interpretation of tongues up until then. But earnestly desire the best gifts
, or obviously the implication being to desire the ones that you don't have
The more excellent way passage that I refrained from quoting above is the way that'll cause all of the gifts to work. It's not putting love in distinction to the gifts as though the gifts prove you don't have the more excellent way. That's perversion, heresy, blasphemy, and twisting the Scriptures to their own destruction on the part of those that believe and teach that. They're supposed to compliment one another rather than this idea of gifts standing in the gap until love shows up. No, 1Corinthians 13 says that the gifts don't work [and even cease operations] without love. I don't have time to go into 1Corinthians 13, but most people try to read contradictions into it as though it contradicted the previous and following chapters to it. When it comes to the operations of the Holy Spirit and the administration of Jesus' High Priestly ministry of all of those anointings, most Christians are really lousy scholars that are only looking to explain away their powerless lives using God's Sovereignty as their excuse. Unfortunately, many of them never get out of that and not having known His ways are subject to the wrath of not entering into His rest in this life that He has for this life in the Promised Land that He'd intended for their own personal lives. But this was a digression that I didn't intend to dwell upon.
4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, (Romans 12:4)
This shows the lack of equality within the Body of Christ. If the many membered Sun doesn't have equality in it, but Jesus Christ has the preeminence in all things and each is raised up in his own Order, then could it be that the many membered Moon that'll be the reflection of the Sun of Righteousness in the ages to come will likewise not have equality, so that not only is it possible to be the last, but worse yet -- the last of the last because of there being no equality even among the last?
Jesus parable of the talents doesn't teach equality and teaches that a buried talent subjects one to the punishments of the unbeliever. One's fruitfulness with talents ensures different levels of administrative oversight over varying numbers of cities. Again, the reign of Christ from first to last isn't totalitarian in nature, and neither is it communist with each receiving an equal share when there was no group participation in the same outreaches, the same building and building up of the Body projects, etc. Communism would divide the ten talents producer with the one who only had one talent, but in Christ's Kingdom a lack of diligence with the one talent can produce a loss of the talent because Christ isn't impressed with keeping His gifts separated from usage when He gave them to be used. The guy who buried his talent could have been the holiest of the three individuals and yet Jesus said to throw him into the Lake of Fire. Yet he could have been the holiest, and by that I'm not talking about self righteous.
If the Old Testament teaches us anything, and St. Paul says that it should, then it's that God will match the punishments of His people to their degrees of unwarranted and self centered presumption about His goodness, their rights, etc. A lot of people know that I write things related to where the application of the Gospel is towards animals. I've been holding off on my latest edition along the lines of those heresies because my knees have been knocking over the warning of Him taking the Kingdom away from those that currently have it and giving it into the Hands of those that'll bare it's fruits where that particular issue is concerned. I want to make sure that I heard Him correctly. That's not the only issue on the table before the Body of Christ where things are on the chopping block by any means. People's attitudes about dissing their rightful share in the Holy Spirit are under real scrutiny/evaluation right now. Lots of other issues are being judged in the Body right now and some sweeping changes are on the horizon. God's promised me a major increase in the healing anointing and has indicated to me that there will be an incident within the Body of Christ that'll indicate the passing of that anointing that He's promised to me. I don't know more than that, or what this "new level" will entail. I haven't really ministered in that particular way in a while for several reasons, but He's indicated to me a season of stepping back into that type of ministry where it's more regular.
(I've been EXTREMELY leery of having anything further to do with that kind of ministry 'cause of too many people that I've prayed for having died, but my Lord is trying to get me behind the wheel of the car as soon as possible after the wreck that I've had in my heart over that. I don't know specifics, just the general sense of what He's telling me to that effect the closer that I get to Him.)
I wanted to get into much, much more Scripture about this issue of an inequal, but perfectly matched expression of His love, wisdom, and attention towards each of us, but having just mentioned what I mentioned in passing, my hands are starting to burn and the Holy Spirit has said to close with this thought for the time being: Was it a big deal when God stripped the Kingdom from Israel? Have the last 2000 years of judgment upon them in that regard been "no big deal" because in the end they'll be restored anyway? Is there not something fearful in that to be discerned about making sure that we don't end up in the same situation for the next couple of thousand years in our own selves and in our descendants where the loss of the Kingdom is concerned? When the Kingdom was theirs, Esther, virtually single-handedly was able to deliver her whole nation from a holocaust. But when the Kingdom was stripped from them, 70AD happened, and a thousand other persecutions with growing intensity -- the likes of which they never saw from 2000B.C. to 33A.D. And some students of the prophecies have assured us that a bigger holocaust is heading their way either prior to or during the tribulation that they say that the Scriptures speak to them about. Has not reigning with Christ really not been a big deal
for them, because after all, in the end, they'll all be restored to God through Christ Jesus? Or has the cost over the last couple thousand years been worse than 10,000 eternal Hells of every religion you can think of, including Calvinism??
Does the heart of any compassionate Christian Universalist say "it's not a big deal, all that they've gone through 'cause in the end they'll be in the arms of Father's love anyway
!"? Anyone with a conscience would be aghast at such a person's "Universalism" and would think that they've lost their mind! Bringing evil upon one's self by setting aside either the claims or the demands of Christ upon one's life is SERIOUS! His Kingdom cannot be played with in such a flippant manner.