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Universalism and the World to Come
The Universalists teach that all people will eventually be saved through the atoning work of Christ. Supporters of universalism must maintain that there is no unforgivable sin. For if there were an unforgivable sin, then their theory that all people will be saved would be proven wrong. See Universalism: . . . . . . . . . . http://hisservants.org/f_pluralism_universalism.htm
Jesus said there WAS a sin that would NOT be forgiven in neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
Matthew 12:32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (KJV)
A similar passage is found in: Luke 12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. (KJV)
Jesus stated, in Mat. 12:32, that there IS a sin that is NOT forgivable either in this world, neither in the world to come. In Luke 12:10, He says blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will NOT be forgiven, period!
The universalist qualifies their belief by stating that the world to come is a future age which will end. SO, they determine that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit will be forgiven after the end of the world to come. Therefore, when they read Jesus' words in Luke 12:10, instead of them concluding that blasphemy of the Holy Spirit will NOT be forgiven, they say that it will be forgiven. BEWARE!!! Do NOT listen to these heretics!
So, a very important question: What is meant by this world and the world to come'? Is Jesus really dividing time into two periods? Are there just two ages, or are there more than two? Does either or both of these ages end?
I believe that the Jesus divided time into two ages and that all other ages mentioned in the Bible fall within these two categories. I think that this world (or age) is the time period we are in now, and the world (age) to come is that future time when the Lord returns and eternity begins. SO, the world (age) to come is without end.
Consider what the Bible says about This Age and the Age to Come.
This world (age), and the world (age) to come
#1. We will receive 100 times as much as what we lose. Mark 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. (KJV) Luke 18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. (KJV)
#2. People are given in marriage. Luke 20:34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: (KJV)
#3. The wisdom of this world is the wisdom of this age. 1 Cor.1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (KJV)
#4. The rulers of this age will come to nought. 1 Cor. 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: (KJV)
#5. Satan is the god of this age. 2 Cor. 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (KJV)
#6. Jesus rescued us from the present evil world. Gal. 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: (KJV)
#7. The end of this age occurs at Jesus Return. 1 Cor. 15:23-24 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. (KJV)
#8. The tares are gathered and burned in the fire. Matthew 13:39-43 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (KJV)
#9. We will receive eternal life. Mark 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. (KJV) Luke 18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. (KJV)
#10. No marriage in the world to come. Luke 20:35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: (KJV)
The phrase the world (age) to come is always singular. It speaks of ONE age to come where we will have eternal life.
This World (Age)
*****We will receive 100 times as much as what we lose (Mark 10:30; Luke 18:30).
*****People are given in marriage (Luke 20:34).
*****The wisdom of this world is the wisdom of this age (1 Cor. 1:20).
*****The rulers of this age are coming to nothing (1 Cor. 2:6).
*****Satan is the god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4).
*****Jesus rescued us from the present evil age (Gal. 1:4).
*****The end of this age occurs at the return of Jesus (1 Cor. 15:23-24).
*****The tares are gathered and burned in the fire (Matt. 13:39).
The World (Age) to Come
*****We will receive eternal life. Mark 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. (KJV)
Luke 18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting. (KJV)
*****We do not marry. Luke 20:35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: (KJV)
*****No more sin in the world to come. Rev. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (KJV)
Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (KJV) There will be absolutely NO sin in Heaven.
As you can see, this world (age), is clearly about the present time period because in it we have marriage, rulers, evil, etc. In the age to come, however, we receive eternal life, no marriage takes place and there will be no sin! The future reference of receiving eternal life does not mean that we do not possess it now. John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (KJV)
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV) . . . Hath everlasting life . . . the state of natural man is represented as death in sin (Eph.2:1). Faith in Jesus is the opposite of this . . . it is LIFE . . . everlasting life! HATH = have it NOW! When a person is converted, it is said that he HAS everlasting life; NOT just shall have, but is already in possession of that life or happiness which shall never end. It is our new life begun, for we have already entered into our inheritance (1 Pet.1:4-5), which is everlasting.
Jesus is speaking of the completion of our redemption which includes our bodies as well.
1Cor. 15:42-44 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. (KJV) . . . In the age to come, we enter into eternity because it is when we shall be resurrected. This happens at the return of Christ.
Eph. 2:5-7 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (KJV)
There is one verse in the New Testament that mentions ages in a future sense. The phrase ages to come only occurs in Eph. 2:5-7. That in the ages to come . . . here means in all succeeding generations as long as this world (age) continues.
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