Systematic Reconciliation
Copyright © 1998 Darroll Evans, All rights reserved-re-edit 2003

The basis for Systematic Reconciliation is found in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

Christ Jesus is the Chosen One of God, the Son of God, the Messiah, The Savior of the world.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, and none may come to the Father except through the Son!

The goal of Systematic Reconciliation is not to convert anyone to join a particular denomination.

SR does not in any way attempt to invalidate spiritual effects of the Lake of Fire. But, it does seek to explain how God carries out that significant biblical experience.

The goal is simply to present the good news of Jesus Christ.

In the light of the extreme Islamic hatred of all people except other Muslims of the same Muslim sect, that is difficult.

Godís plan for creation shall come to pass without our approval.

Question: Did Christ Jesus' scourging and death on the cross pay the full and complete price for the sins of the world?

The answer is emphatically yes!

Christ Jesus paid for the sins of the world!

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (I John 2:2)

However, you may want to limit the work of Christ by believing in Limited Atonement (grace for only the chosen). So, let's narrow it down.

Did Jesusí scourging and sacrifice on the cross at Calvary pay the full and complete price for your sins?

If you consider yourself a Christian, the answer must be, Yes!

Where is Jesus?

The Bible says that Jesus is at the right hand of God the Father interceding for us (Romans 8:34).

Jesus paid the full and complete price for your sins, and yet He is now at the right hand of the Father.

He has been reconciled to the Father!

Christ Jesus died as a sinner when He willingly appropriated your sins and mine.

Christ Jesus' death paid the full and complete price for your sins!

And yet, He is not crying out in any eternal torment of hell or a lake of fire.

Neither has He has not been annihilated.

Jesus paid the full and complete price for your sins as the Perfect human being, not as the Son of God!

And, He has been reconciled to the Father.

From that, we understand the only valid destiny for man is Reconciliation to God the Father.

The bible says that Christ Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:6).

If you wish to argue about, or disavow His ransom, your problem is not with me. It is with God.

The Bible tells us that All nations (Heb. Goyim/Gentiles) that God made shall come and worship before the Lord; and glorify His name (Psalm 86:9).

How many Gentiles did God make?

He made all of them!

If most are annihilated, their worship is impossible.

Shall they glorify His name because he cast them into hell to be tormented day and night for eternity?

The very thought is ludicrous!

Or, shall just a few come?

The Bible says Gentiles all shall come!

Or shall they come and worship before Him---and glorify His name for dealing with them in His loving kindness, His mercy.

The Bible says that God's anger is but for a moment (Psalm 30:5).

It tells us that God's "favor" (Heb. Ratson---His pleasure, delight, desire and divine will) is for life (Psalm 30:5).

In addition, the Bible says that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).

God's anger with the sin principal made endure, but His anger with sinners does not!

Repeatedly the Bible tells us that His mercy endures forever!

The Bible tells us that the LORD "is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works" (Psalm 145:9).

Do you think that God will show His goodness to all by throwing most of mankind into a Lake of Fire to burn for eternity?

I hope not!

Here is the Great White Throne Judgment according to the majority view:

A man dies without accepting Christ. He goes straight to hell, the place of great torment.

At the end of the millennium of peace he "pops up" in front to God with Christ Jesus standing at His right hand.

Immediately the man knows that he was wrong not to acknowledge Christ Jesus.

The irrefutable proof is standing right there!

The Father then tells the man that he died without acknowledging Christ. The man already knew that.

Then, God orders the man to be thrown into the lake of fire.

That man was taken out of a fiery hell just to be thrown into a lake of fire!

Why would God take a man out of fiery hell to tell him something he already knows just to toss him back in the lake of fire for the same reason that he was in a fiery hell to begin with?

According to the majority story, the Great White Throne judgment shall be A day of universal relief from pain.

Both the Old and New Testaments tell us that death shall be swallowed up in the Lord's victory over death (Isaiah 25:8, 1 Corinthians 15:26, 55).

The Bible tells us that death shall be destroyed (Revelation 21:4)!

But, many continue to teach that death shall hold sway over a majority of mankind for eternity.

The Bible tells us that the Lord "will not cast off for ever," but that God has compassion according to the "multitude of His mercies" (Lamentations 3:31-32).

However, many cry out with loud voices that God will have compassion only on the elect and the rest will be dealt with in His anger!

The Bible tells us that God is Love (1 John 4:8, 16), and that Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8a).

The Bible tells us that Jesus came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).

The Bible tells us that the Living God is the Savior of all (1 Timothy 4:10).

How many people were lost? All of them! And the Bible says that God is the Savior of all!

How can Jesus be the Savior of all without being the Savior of all?

And yet, men teach that he will not, or cannot save all!

Do you believe Christ Jesus failed?

The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29b).

How can Christ Jesus take away the sin of the world without taking away the sin of the WORLD?

Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me" (John 12:32).

Was Christ Jesus "lifted up?"

Yes He was---on the cross!

Then, He must, by His own word, draw all to Him!

The Bible tells us that every tongue "shall confess to God.

What shall they confess?

All shall proclaim that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Romans 14:11; Philippians 2:11).

The Bible tells us that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:14).

The Bible tells us that "by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so (in like manner) by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life" (Romans 5:18).

Adam's gift to mankind was death.

Christ's gift is life!

Both gifts have an effect on "all men."

Most Churches teach that a dead Adam has more power than the living Christ Jesus!

How many of us became sinners?

All!

Therefore, how many of us will become righteous?

All!

How many is all?

ALL!

The Bible tells us that "as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive" (1 Corinthians 15:22).

We know that the first half of 1 Corinthians 15:22 is true, and yet most Christians deny the last half.

That is illogical!

But, how does the Church respond to 1 Corinthians 15:22?

The Church redefined death to make it life in an altered form.

Some say death is separation from God.

If that definition of death is correct, God cannot be omnipresent.

Why did they redefine death?

Because, Godís truth was too gracious!

Why don't we see it?

Because, the time is not right!

Let me tell you the three words that strike fear into the hearts of the bravest of men----"some assembly required."

Those words have their greatest affect on man when read at 1:30 a.m. Christmas morning while the children are still asleep.

When putting things together, the proper sequence must be followed!

God's plan follows an exact sequence.

The Bible tells us that every man will be resurrected "in his own order."

Christ Jesus is the Firstfruits (1 Corinthians 15: 23).

After Christ comes those that are His "at his coming" (1 Corinthians 15: 23) shall be resurrected to life.

Finally, the last or end group (1 Corinthians 15: 24).

The last group shall be resurrected to life "when He [Christ] shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all (opposing) rule and all (opposing) authority and power" (1 Corinthians 15: 24).

Any resurrection to death is a contradiction in terms.

Most Christians worship at the First Church of One-Tire Theology.

What is that?

If you could go to any car dealership and pay cash for any car you may want, what would you buy?

You might buy a car with all the whistles and bells.

It might be a car with every accessory available on it.

At that point, you would talk to the F & I manager.

Among his duties is to see that you sign all the papers to purchase and license your car.

Then, you go back to the salesman to get your car.

You might say, "Okay, where is my new, shiny car?"

At that point, he goes into the back and comes out rolling one tire.

Then, the salesman says, "Here it is, ain't she a beauty?"

Now, I realize that some of folks may go out and roll that one tire down the interstate, bragging about how pretty their new car is.

But, hopefully some would speak up and say, "I paid for the whole car, so what is wrong with this picture?"

Christianity is not a relationship of expectancy, because we expect Christ Jesus to come back.

Of course, Jesus shall appear at the exact moment the Father has planned.

Christianity is a relationship of expectancy, because Jesus paid for the whole thing, and He expects to get what He paid for!

Are you attending the First Church of One-Tire Theology?

Have you ever seen the plans for a house?

Everything is laid out in the correct dimensions.

The placing of any concrete, wall studs, spots for the electrical outlets, locations of windows are not just given in a general outline, they are drawn up in an exact, detailed blueprint.

If you saw the house during the first phases of construction, you might wonder what is going on.

As the house draws to completion it begins to look as if it might actually be livable.

The building and all the materials used must follow exact specifications.

They must be put together in the proper order.

All of that is decided before work on the house is begun.

Do you think that God start the universe without a master plan?

Absolutely not!

What is God's plan?

The Bible says that God's plan is to gather together in one all things in Christ, and by Him [Jesus] to reconcile all things to Himself [the Father], by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:20/NKJV).

What is the total extent of Christís victory?

Christ Jesus paid for total victory, not a partial stalemate!

The Bible says that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth (Philippians 2:10/NKJV).

The Bible tells us that the things in heaven and on earth shall be made one in Christ (Ephesians 1:10).

Why would God the Father do that?

God did that so He could carry out His final objective!

What is the Fatherís final objective?

When all things are subdued to Christ, then the Son, Jesus, shall give all things to the Father so that He may be "all in all" (1 Corinthians 15:28).

God's plan calls for the systematic reconciliation of all mankind.

As part of that plan, God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are to pass away (Rev. 21:4).

You may think that the promise of Revelation 21:4 is for Christians. It is cross-referenced to Isaiah 25:8. And, in that verse the Hebrew word translated "all" (Kol), may also be translated "each and every."

Many cry out that death shall never perish that some shall burn in hell for eternity.

That is in opposition to the Bible.

Godís word says, "There shall be no more death!"

Which is greater, sin or grace?

The Bible tells us explicitly that where sin merely abounds, grace superabounds (Romans 5:20).

The Bible says that it is Godís will to have all men saved, and to come to the knowledge of the Truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

But, most of the Church says that most men will be lost.

Christians have been given the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18).

Mankind cannot be truly reconciled to each other until we are reconciled to God through Christ Jesus.

That may offend non-Christians, but the truth always offends some.

From the beginning, God has declared the conclusion of this whole matter (Isaiah 46:10)!

In ancient times God declared the things that have not yet happened!

His counsel shall stand!

His decisions shall come to pass!

His pleasure shall be done!

There shall be no exceptions!

The Bible does tell us that there is a Lake of Fire (Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10; Revelation 20:14; Revelation 20:15).

According to the Greek text that fire is a sulfur fire.

Sulfur is one of the world's great healing agents.

Is the lake of fire for punishment or purification?

Not long ago I went to my Doctor.

I told him that I thought I had a sinus infection.

He took a look and agreed.

After asking if I was allergic to anything, he wrote a prescription.

I took that prescription to the pharmacist, and asked what the Doctor prescribed.

The Pharmacist informed me that the Doctor had prescribed a sulfa drug.

She said that it was one of the more popular remedies.

She also told me that it contained sulfur!

Did my doctor give that that sulfa drug to torture me?

No!

Was the doctor angry with me?

No!

Did he prescribe a drug that contains sulfur to help me heal?

YES!

The lake of fire is for healing, not horror.

It is for purification, not punishment.

What/Who is the Lake of Fire?

Deuteronomy 4:24 For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (NKJV)

Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire. (NKJV)

Our God is a consuming fire!

Through Christ Jesus, He shall consume all sin, freeing creation from the curse of death.

In that day, there shall be no more curse of death (Revelation 22:3), because death shall be destroyed (Revelation 21:4).

Mark 9:49 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Godly fire destroys sin!

Each of us will be ďsalted with fireĒ to burn away the unrighteous things in our lives.

What happens when life is taken away?

Death results!

What happens when death is taken away?

Life results!

Let's take a stroll down the Romans Road.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

The fact is that all of us have fallen victim to sin.

The Bible tells us that we all "have gone astray", and that God laid on Him "the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6).

The Bible says that the soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:4, 20).

Christ Jesus took our sins and died for us!

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

We may make a logical case for saying that before "we" were sinners--Christ died for us.

Sin is Adam's legacy to us.

Death was the best he could do.

Let's visit an abandoned house on the Romans Road:

Romans 5:19 For as by (the) one man's disobedience {the} many (Gr. oi polloi) were made sinners, so also by (the) one Man's obedience {the} many (Gr. oi polloi) will be made righteous.

{The} indicates the use of the Greek definite article.

The Greek definite article points to a specific subject or group.

How many were made sinners?

All!

How many shall be made righteous?

All!

Again, how many is all?

All!

The Greek text indicates that the many "shall be" made righteous.

"Shall" is an English future imperative.

The Greek text states that it is indicative of things that shall come to pass.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The wages of sin is death.

Jesus took our sin and died.

How many did He die for?

Christ died for the whole world (1 John 2:2)!

How much sin did Christ Jesus take?

The Bible says that the LORD laid on Him the iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6b)

How are we to acknowledge the great work He did for us?

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Confession is the key to receiving the benefits of God's love.

Notice that there is no timeline given.

Romans 10:9 is where most people stop, but Paul did not stop there.

He kept on writing.

How many shall confess?

All, every tongue shall confess (Romans 14:11).

Every tongue shall confess, "Jesus is Lord", to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:11).

Why shall every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord?

To find the answer, let's go to another of the Romans Road abandoned houses.

Romans 11:32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.

Because of Christ Jesus, the Father will have mercy on all!

How many did God place into disobedience?

ALL!

To how many will He show mercy?

ALL!

How many is all?

ALL!

After we acknowledge Christ, God promises, "I will never (never, never) leave you or forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).

The words "eternal torment" are not found in the Bible!

"Everlasting punishment" is found in only one verse!

Matthew 25:46 "And these will go away into everlasting (Gr. aionion/age) punishment (Gr. kolasin/to prune), but the righteous into eternal (Gr. aionion/age) life."

The literal translation is "an age of pruning."

Do you have roses? Do you prune them?

Do you prune them to punish them?

Or, do you prune them to make them stronger and healthier?

Systematic Reconciliation does not reject Godís wrath.

SR does look at the objective of Godís wrath.

Is the objective punitive or redemptive?

In case you have not noticed, the Bible is the story of manís fall and systematic reconciliation to God.

Do you believe that Christ's death on the cross and resulting resurrection were sufficient to save the lost?

His sacrifice was, is, and forever more shall be sufficient to save the entire world!


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