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“The resurrection is not sufficient to demonstrate the truth of Christianity.”

Contributor to Reddit stated: “The resurrection is not sufficient to demonstrate the truth of Christianity.”

Christian response

The resurrection and belief in same are foundational to Christianity and eternal life. Without the resurrection, there is no hope because we will all die in this body and have no part in the Kingdom of God which will only be occupied by the faithful angles and those redeemed of mankind in glorified resurrected bodies like Messiah’s. To deny the resurrection is to call the Holy Spirit a liar,

20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21 (ESV)

Believing that Jesus was resurrected from the dead for our justification is part and parcel to our salvation,

8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 [e]that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead*, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, [f]resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, [g]resulting in salvation.* Romans 10:9-10 (NASB)

To deny the resurrection is to deny the work of the Holy Spirit,

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11 (NASB)

I disagree with you and believe that the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the 500 men and women who witnessed Messiah’s resurrected body are the core tenets of Christianity and without the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, mankind has no hope.

“How do you justify people being sent to hell? I don’t think anyone who has ever lived or ever will live deserves to go to hell.”

Question posited on Reddit forum: “How do you justify people being sent to hell? I don’t think anyone who has ever lived or ever will live deserves to go to hell.”

Christian response,

Actually, concerning God’s sovereignty, it does not matter what any human being thinks as this is God’s creation and He is God. Hell was NOT created for mankind but God created Hell specifically for Satan, the fallen angels (Matthew 25:41) guilty of the rebellion in the Kingdom of God that initiated the creation of Time, this Universe, the human genome; Satan, the Beast, the False Prophet and the fallen angels (demons) that allied with Satan will be relegated to Hell and suffer eternally subsequent to the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:10).

Mankind will enter Hell subsequent to the Judgment of the Condemned (Revelation 20:11-15) by first climbing directly over the Cross of Jesus Christ who suffered and died to provide you and to provide me a pardon from death in sin and death in Hell (John 3:16-18). God the Father does not desire that anyone perish in Hell but that every man and woman be saved and come to a knowledge of the Truth (1 Timothy 2:4); unfortunately, mankind is obstinate, arrogant, narcissistic, foolish; therefore, the Scriptures tell us that “many” will choose to die in Hell and only a “few” will humble them self before God the Father, repent of their sin and sincerely believe and trust in Jesus Christ as God who died to pay their sin-debt and find life in the Kingdom of God (Matthew 7:13-14). This is NOT God’s doing nor is it His will, this is mankind’s decision via free will in obstinance and arrogance and unbelief to reject life in Jesus Christ and choose death in Satan and Hell by default.

Hell, the Lake of Fire, Gehenna, is necessary because God the Father is NOT going to permit your unrepentant sin and its destructive potential to enter His Kingdom subsequent to the death of your body in Time (Revelation 21:27); therefore, mankind will deal with their sin now in that Age of Grace by grace (unmerited favor) through faith (trusting-believing) in Jesus Christ as Mediator for that sin (John 3:18) – or – mankind will reject Jesus Christ and serve Satan by default and die in sin (John 8:24) and die the “second death” in Hell (Revelation 20:11-15). There are no other options available to human kind (John 14:6; John 8:24) The choice is yours to make.

Why must I go to hell if I am not a believer? Shouldn’t God know I’m imperfect?

Reddit Christian debate forum member writes: “Why must I go to hell if I am not a believer? Shouldn’t God know I’m imperfect?”

Christian response,

The causation for our creation in Time is in response to sin, rebellion, having manifest in the Kingdom of God before the creation of Time; that sin and rebellion was extricated from the Kingdom as this Earth was created in six-literal days with rapidity and the culprits that initiated the rebellion in the Kingdom of God were placed here on Earth to be dealt with partially constrained by Time and physics. The declaration of this cosmic war having been placed within the constraints of Time on this Earth was articulated in Genesis 3:15.

If God has gone through the effort to remove sin from His Kingdom and endure the sin and rebellion of mankind via the influence of Satan for 6000-years thus far, what makes you think God will endure your sin and permit that sin to enter His Kingdom subsequent to the death of your body in Time? God the Father refuses to permit sin into His Kingdom (Revelation 21:27) but through His love and compassion He has given you Jesus Christ who suffered and died to pay your sin-debt for you if you will repent of your sin and sincerely believe in Jesus Christ as your God and Mediator for that sin (John 3:16). God the Father, through the Covenant of Grace established in the sinless blood of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:28; 2 Corinthians 5:21), agrees to remove from you your sinfulness and guilt and impute the perfection and sinlessness of His dear Son over your life if you will trust-believe in Jesus as your God and Mediator for sin (John 3:18).

God did NOT create Hell for mankind but Hell, the Lake of Fire, was created for Satan, the fallen angels, the Beast, the False Prophet; mankind will enter Hell subsequent to the Judgment of the Condemned (Revelation 20:11-15) for having rejected the pardon from death in sin and death in Hell freely offered mankind by faith in Jesus Christ as Lord (John 3:16-18). So then, if you reject Jesus as Lord, God does not choose to send you to Hell, YOU CHOOSE to enter Hell because you rejected God’s offer of a pardon from death in Hell; a pardon from death in sin freely offered by trusting in the Son, Jesus Christ (John 8:24).

You are but decaying flesh headed to the grave in the Earth and it matters NOT what you think about God’s sovereignty and His will for Time and Eternity. You will humble yourself and approach God His Way through faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord – or – you will deny Jesus and die in sin and die in Hell because God the Father is NOT going to permit your unrepentant sin to enter His Kingdom subsequent to the death of your body in Time (Revelation 21:27); therefore, you will deal with your sin now within the Age of Grace by believing in Jesus as your Lord – or – you will deal with your sin in Eternity in Hell. The choice is yours.

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His [e]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the [f]only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” John 3:16-21 (NASB)

BTW: There is no such entity as “purgatory”…that is Catholic Apocrypha dogma designed to keep the parishioners fearful and pouring their money into the church coffers via Mass AKA indulgences and it’s abuse and NOT Scriptural. If you die having rejected Jesus as Lord, you will enter Hades-Sheol/Torments (Luke 16) and remain there in your disembodied spiritual state, fully conscious, fully aware, until you receive a resurrected body of corruption and stand before Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne Judgment and subsequently be remitted to the Lake of Fire and the second death (Revelation 20:11-15).

Jewish error: The Virgin Birth is Paganism

The veil of Jewish blindness articulated on FB (a rebuttal): “The whole idea of virgin birth serves no purpose, except to attract pagans to Christianity.”

A Christian rebuttal,

The virgin birth of Messiah, as first prophesied in Genesis 3:15 immediately subsequent to the fall of man, is essential as the ramifications for sin and the sin-nature flow genomically from the seed of Adam, the seed of the man to all of Adam’s descendants. Not only does Adam incur more culpability for sin due to federal headship over the family structure but Adam had received the edict to NOT compromise with evil directly from Elohim whereas Eve received said edict by hearsay from her husband, Adam; therefore, Adam’s seed transfers the sin-nature and in Adam “all die” (1 Corinthians 15:22; Romans 5:12).

Messiah entered the Realm of Time through the seed of a virgin woman (Galatians 4:4; Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23) through the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35) and thereby circumvented the sin-nature that would have been passed through Joseph’s seed via Adam. This virgin birth permitted the realization of the hypostatic union of God and man (Philippians 2:8; John 1); therefore, Messiah Jesus was successful in completing His primary mission on Earth which was to “destroy the works of the Devil” (1 John 3:8b) and that mission was accomplished 4000-years subsequent to the Genesis prophecy (Genesis 3:15; 3:21) at the Crucifixion where Messiah defeated death, Hell, the grave, for everyone who will believe in Him as God and Mediator for sin (John 3:16).

Without the virgin birth of Messiah, Jesus would not have successfully fulfilled the Law of Moses and the Commandments etched in stone at Sinai (Matthew 5:17), a task no man could achieve as all of mankind is under the condemnation of sin (Romans 3:23). Without the sinless, perfect, blood of Messiah to make atonement for sin (Hebrews 4; 2 Corinthians 5:21), mankind would have no hope as all of mankind would be destined to death in sin and death in Hell because “nothing impure” is permitted to enter the Kingdom of God (Revelation 21:27).

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

Theological Question on FB: “Why do heretics deny Jesus is God in the flesh?”

Theological question posited on FB:“Why do heretics deny Jesus is God in the flesh?”

Christian response,

Anyone who possesses God’s Spirit as the Seal and Guarantor of relationship with God the Father by grace through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Mediator for sin (Ephesians 1:13-14) will understand and recognize the Deity of Jesus Christ and the necessity for same as the Spirit testifies to the faithful concerning Messiah’s deity (1 John 2:27; John 16:13).

Those who have rejected Jesus as Lord and are NOT “born again” by the Spirit will NOT recognize Jesus’ Deity; the ability to see and understand the Deity of Messiah Jesus is what separates the Christian from every cult, sect, religion, of the World as it is the indwelling Holy Spirit of Truth (John 16:13) that testifies of Messiah’s Deity and Lordship over all Creation (John 14:16).

Law Keeper asked: “Why are there so very few people that seem to understand Galatians 3:19?”

Law Keeper asked:“Why are there so very few people that seem to understand Galatians 3: 19? It’s not a difficult verse to understand yet there are so many different explanations being offered for it. What is your take on it?”

Galatians 3:19 in the NASB reads, “19 Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made.”

Christian response,

The Law etched in stone and written upon parchment as given solely to the Children of Israel was demonstrative of God’s holiness and His perfection and the Law declared mankind’s need for an Intercessor (the Seed of Promise – Jesus Christ) because the Law did not provide atonement for sin but only defined same (Romans 3:20). “ordained through angels” suggests that the faithful angelic creation was part of the giving of the Law as they are “messengers” for God. The Law of Moses and the Commandments, though repetitive of the Natural Moral Law written upon our heart by our Creator at conception, were given the Children of Israel as they were set-apart by God for His eschatological purposes and the Children of Israel were to be Holy as God is Holy (Leviticus 19:2; Leviticus 20:7; Leviticus 20:26; Leviticus 21:8; 1 Peter 1:16).

When Messiah appeared in Time through the womb of a virgin woman (the seed of the woman, Gen. 3:15), Messiah bypassed the sin-nature passed genomically through Adam-Joseph’s seed and Jesus lived a perfect life and fulfilled the Law with absolute perfection thereby making Himself the ONLY acceptable sacrifice for sin seeing that the blood of animals could never provide lasting regenerative atonement (Hebrews 4 and Hebrews 10). Jesus fulfilled the Law of Moses and instituted a New Covenant that is based upon the Law of the Spirit as God’s will is written upon our heart and infused within our minds in the Covenant of Grace (Hebrews 10:16) as the Law of Moses has faded away.

It is written,

4 Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.7 Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? 9 For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. 10 Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. 11 For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory. 2 Corinthians 3:4-11

Law Keepers Misunderstand Christianity

Law Keepers misunderstand Christianity; note the following Law Keeper’s statement of error: “ARE THERE GOING TO BE JAILS IN HEAVEN? YOU PEOPLE KEEP SAYING WE DON’T HAVE TO KEEP GOD’S TEN COMMANDMENTS TO GET TO HEAVEN. SO THAT MEANS ALL THE MURDERS AND THIEVES ARE GOING TO HEAVEN. IF ALL THOSE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE THERE THEN WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF GOING THERE?

Christian response,

If it were possible to obey God’s Commandments perfectly and find righteousness and atonement for sin through that obedience, Jesus would not have needed to suffer and die (Galatians 2:21). Where the Law Keeper, the Rabbinic Jew, the Legalist, err is believing that the Christian espouses moral relativism i.e. “do your own thing” in conjunction with salvation by grace through faith in Jesus, alone. Law Keepers erroneously believe that Christianity’s concept of “Grace” espouses carnality and a license to sin void recompense; this is error. Christians fully understand the necessity for obedience to God’s will SUBSEQUENT to repentance in conjunction with their confession of Jesus as Lord and having received the indwelling Holy Spirit as our Guarantor of relationship (Ephesians 1:13-14).

Christians understand that though they are “born again” by the Spirit of God through faith in Jesus as Lord, they remain encumbered with a body of death that is plagued with a sin-nature that wars against the New-Nature received by the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 7).

The Christian understands that Jesus died for all sin, past-present-future, and by trusting in Him, the Christian is secure if they sin by omission or commission in word-thought-deed (John 10:28-30; 1 John 2:1).

The Christian understands that their imperfections in their humanity and their failures in a fallen-World do not result in the loss of their salvation but that our failures can fracture intimacy with our Lord; therefore, the Christian is careful to live in obedience through the Spirit’s guidance and when a Christian sins, they seek forgiveness…NOT to restore their salvation but to restore intimacy with our Lord because intimacy with God the Holy Spirit is the cherished benefit of the Christian life in the Realm of Time (Proverbs 18:24).

NO ONE born of the Spirit of God through faith in Jesus as Lord and Mediator for sin can walk in willful sin and disobedience, but the one who loves Jesus Christ will intuitively by the Spirit seek obedience to the Spirit’s will because they love God and desire to please Him.

The Christian’s message to the Law Keeper,

The Christian is simply telling the Law Keeper that any attempt to achieve or attain righteousness/atonement/salvation by keeping the Sinai Commandments or the Levitical Law is futility because mankind is a sinner (Romans 3:23); therefore, mankind, by his works and human effort, can never be sufficiently “good” to find favor with our Holy God who requires absolute perfection in word-thought-deed (1 Peter 1:16; Leviticus 19:2); this is one reason Jesus entered Time in the flesh through a virgin woman (Philippians 2:8; 1 John 3:8b; Genesis 3:15) and lived a life of perfection by fulfilling the Law of Moses (Matthew 5:17) and giving Himself as a sacrifice for us (Matthew 26:28) so that by believing in Him and His work upon the Cross, we can receive HIS perfection imputed over our life and thereby be declared “not guilty” by God the Father (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Righteousness through the Law?

Mankind can never find righteousness with the Father by attempting to keep a Law or an edict or a tradition or a Day, but once mankind has agreed with the Father and pursues His “Way” to salvation by repenting of sin and believing in/confessing Jesus as Lord and subsequently receive the Holy Spirit as their Guarantor of relationship, obedience to the Spirit in the process of sanctification is essential as this obedience to God’s will validates one’s confession as authentic. No one born of the Spirit can continue to live in willful sin and disobedience (Luke 6:46).

The Christian does not seek to obey the letter of the Law but the Christian seeks the Law of the Spirit written on our heart and infused within our mind (Hebrews 10:16; Jeremiah 31:31–33; Hebrews 8:8–10); it is the indwelling Holy Spirit who takes charge in the life of the Christian and prepares them for service in the Kingdom during the process of sanctification (Galatians 5:16-26).

The Sinai Commandments and the Christian,

For a certainty, there are moral aspects of the Commandments etched in stone and the Mosaic Law that are taught and infused by the Spirit in the life of the Christian as these moral edicts are universal natural law and written upon our heart, but a striving and laboring to obey the letter is NOT relevant for the Christian as the Christian walks by Grace through the Spirit and not by the letter of the Mosaic Law that is irrelevant and has faded away in the New Covenant (Romans 6:14; 2 Corinthians 3:4-11). Again, no one who possesses the indwelling Holy Spirit and loves Jesus Christ as Lord can walk in willful sin and disobedience; this is NOT possible!

Absence of Atonement in “the Law.”

In addition, the Commandments and the 613 Levitical Laws do NOT provide atonement for sin and without the shedding of blood there is NO remission of sin (Leviticus 17:11); therefore, the Law could never provide lasting regenerative atonement because the blood of animals cannot forgive sin (Hebrews 10:4); therefore, the Law and our attempted obedience to same cannot save anyone because we’re sinners (Romans 3:23) and the Law requires perfect obedience in order to achieve righteousness through it (James 2:10). Even if one was to attain righteousness through the Law, it is ONLY by faith in the shed blood of Christ that one finds atonement for sin, nothing more, nothing less (Hebrews 10). Without atonement provided only by Jesus Christ, one cannot enter the Kingdom of God (Revelation 21:27).

The Law of the Spirit is superior to the Law of Moses,

The Christian is not obligated to a Law etched in stone or scratched on parchment but the Christian is obligated to the Law of the Spirit not the letter (2 Corinthians 3:4-6). The Law of the Spirit is superior to the Law of Moses as the Law of the Spirit is enhanced through mens rea or one’s “thought life.” No longer is culpability realized only subsequent to a physical act as in the Covenant of Law but in the Covenant of Grace through the Spirit, one’s thoughts can be culpable as sin void the physical act (Matthew 5:27-28).

Concerning murderers and thieves in Heaven,

Have you ever been angry with a brother without cause? If you respond in the affirmative, you’re a murderer in the New Covenant (Matthew 5:22). Have you ever lusted after another person? If you answer in the affirmative, you’re an adulterer or fornicator in the New Covenant (Matthew 5:27-28). There will be murderers and thieves in Heaven; that is, those who have repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus Christ as their Lord and having been redeemed by the indwelling Holy Spirit who walks with them on the path of obedience through sanctification.

On the other hand, there are many who think themselves worthy of God’s Kingdom because they strive in the Covenant of Law and live a life of partial obedience to the Commandments and the Levitical Law not understanding that God expects PERFECTION and that PERFECTION is only attainable through the imputation of Messiah’s perfection by faith in Him as our God and Savior and Mediator for sin (John 3:18); therefore, these “Law Keepers” who trust in the Law of Moses and the Sinai Commandments for righteousness will find themselves in the Judgment of the Condemned (Revelation 20:11-15) because they shouted LORD-LORD without trusting and believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Mediator for their sin (Matthew 7:21-23).

Covenant of Law v. Covenant of Grace – The Eternal Saga Continues…

Covenant of Law v. Covenant of Grace – the eternal saga continues. Law Keeper on FB stated: “YHWH’s Love is Unconditional but His Covenant Promises R Conditioned upon us keeping His Covenant Commandments & Feast Statutes!”

Christian rebuttal to Rabbinical Jewish error,

First of all, God the Father’s love IS conditional upon faith in the Son, Jesus Christ-Yeshua, as Lord and Mediator for sin (John 3:18).

Second, the Covenant God made with Israel (Covenant of Law) was contingent upon obedience to the Law (Deuteronomy 28) but Israel did not keep that Covenant nor could they but God set forth a New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:33), a Covenant of Grace that is not based upon the works of the Law which no man could keep (Galatians 2:16) as all of mankind is under the condemnation of sin (Romans 3:23: Isaiah 53:6).

To initiate this New Covenant (Matthew 26:28), God the Father sent forth His dear Son, Jesus Christ, to clothe Himself in flesh (Philippians 2:8; John 1:14), enter the Realm of Time born of virgin woman (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:23) to circumvent Adam’s sin-nature, born under the Law that He might redeem those who were condemned to death in Hell by the Law (Galatians 4:4; Romans 3:20); therefore, the Law of Moses and the Sinai Commandments are no longer the “holy standard” by which one pursues righteousness with the Father as these Laws are completely absent lasting regenerative atonement for sin and the Law only condemns as it defines iniquity (Romans 3:20); therefore, God the Father sent the Son into the World as the Holy Standard for both righteousness and atonement for sin (John 3:16; Hebrews 10); therefore, anyone who trusts in-believes in-confesses the Son, Jesus Christ, as their God and Mediator for their sin (Romans 10:9-10), that person so believing and confessing will be forgiven of all sin, past-present-future (Hebrews 8:12) and receive the indwelling Holy Spirit as the Promise-Seal-Guarantor of relationship with God the Father, forever (Ephesians 1:13-14; John 10:28-30).

Those who seek righteousness and atonement by obedience to the Mosaic Law and the Sinai Commandments condemn them self to death in sin and death in Hell (Romans 9:30-33) because no man or woman (other than Messiah Jesus – Matthew 5:17) can keep the Law perfectly and to violate one jot or one tittle of the Law is to violate the whole Law (James 2:10; Romans 10:5); therefore, the Law cannot provide righteousness nor can the Law provide atonement for sin (Romans 3:20); atonement for sin is of an absolute necessity as God the Father has so decreed that NOTHING impure will ever enter His Kingdom (Revelation 21:27); therefore, those who trust in the Law for eternal life will die in Hell because the Law is absent atonement as the blood of animals could never take away sin (Hebrews 10).

In conclusion, unless Jesus Christ is your personal Lord and Mediator for your sin, you will NOT enter the Kingdom of God but you will die in your sin (John 8:24) and you will die the “second death” in Hell (Revelation 20:11-15) because God the Father has so decreed through the New Covenant that Jesus Christ-Yeshua is the ONLY Way to life in Eternity through the atonement for sin (John 14:6). If you trust in the Law of Moses to provide you a shield from God’s wrath concerning sin, you have stumbled over the Stumbling Stone who is Christ (Isaiah 28:16).

“Why did God order Moses to build two-cherubim angels as it contradicts Exodus 20:4?”

Theological question posited on FB: “Why did God order Moses to build two-cherubim angels as it contradicts Exodus 20:4?”

Christian response,

The two-Cherub Angels over the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant was a prophecy concerning Messiah’s death, burial and resurrection. The Ark of the Covenant is representative of Messiah.

1) The wood of the Ark represented Messiah’s humanity (Philippians 2:8).

2) The gold represented Messiah’s deity (John 1).

3) The Cherub Angels over the Mercy Seat represented a prophecy concerning Messiah’s atonement for sin as seen by Mary at the tomb of Messiah (John 20:11-13).

4) The Pot of Manna inside the Ark represented that Jesus would be the Bread of Life (John 6:35).

5) Aaron’s rod inside the Ark that had budded and came to life was indicative of Messiah as the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25).

6) The Tablets of Stone inside the Ark that were etched with the Commandments of God represented that Jesus would have the Law of God in His heart and be the fulfillment of same (Matthew 5:17).

Mary witnessed the fulfillment of the prophecy concerning the two-Cherub Angels…

11 But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent down to look into the tomb, 12 and she saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and the other at the feet. 13 “Woman, why are you weeping?” they asked. John 20:11-13

Mary viewed the actual “Mercy Seat” and the blood of Messiah on that hewn stone where Jesus’ body had lain and bled; the sinless blood of Messiah that actually made atonement for sin in place of the blood of animals sprinkled on the Mercy Seat by the High Priest that could never take away sin (Hebrews 10).

New King James Version. John 5:46-47.

Caution: Demonic Universalism espoused on Social Media…

CAUTION: The demonic heresy of Universalism is actively being espoused on FB:“… the justification by FAITH in CHRIST (Rom.5:1), that only the faithful BELIEVERS will be saved; and the justification by the BLOOD of JESUS that all humanity will be saved at the final future: The JUSTIFICATION BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS has cleansed – NOT ONLY US (Believers), but all humanity (unbelievers) – from sin that puts man in bondage (1 Jn.2:2; Jn.12:32-33). But, in the second coming of Christ, they shall all be resurrected into life (1Cor.15:21-22; Rom.5:18). This salvation is UNCONDITIONAL grace of God.

Christian response,

Incorrect. There are two-resurrections that pertain to the Just and the Condemned; one resurrection is relevant to the righteous in Christ and one resurrection is relevant to condemnation leading to the “second death” in Hell (John 5:28-29). Yes, the blood of Jesus Christ atones for the sin of the whole World (1 John 2:2) but atonement is not accounted to anyone void faith-belief in Messiah, Jesus Christ (John 3:16; John 14:6). In order to receive atonement for sin, one must repent of sin (Luke 13:3), “believe” in their heart and “confess” with their mouth that Jesus is God who died to pay their sin-debt and believe that He was resurrected from the dead for their justification (Romans 10:9-10).

There is NO universal salvation in the Gospel as God’s promise of redemption is conditional upon believing in the Son, Jesus Christ as God and Savior (John 8:24); all of mankind is under condemnation for sin (Romans 3:23; 5:18; Galatians 3:22) and unless one trusts in Jesus Christ as Lord to mediate that sin before the Father and receives the Holy Spirit as the Guarantor of relationship (Ephesians 1:13-14), they will die in sin and die the “second death” in Hell (John 8:24; Rev. 20:11-15). You must be “born again” by the Spirit of God in order to appease God’s wrath for sin thereby allowing entrance into the Kingdom (John 3) because God the Father is NOT going to permit your unrepentant sin to enter His Kingdom subsequent to the death of your body in Time (Revelation 21:27). You will deal with your sin now in the Age of Grace by faith in Jesus as Lord – or – you will deal with your sin in Eternity and die in Hell. The choice is yours to make NOW before you exhale your last breath on this Earth (Hebrews 9:27-28).

Unfortunately, you have erred in your cultic doctrine of Universalism and unfortunately only a “few” will find life in God’s Kingdom while “many” will die in sin and die in Hell as they have rejected the only Way to LIFE in Eternity, Jesus Christ as Lord (Matthew 7:13-14; John 14:6).

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’