Most Christians believe that Jesus came to save all people who believe in Him. Fewer Christians believe that Jesus came to save all people, period.
I’m in the minority, I get it. I believe that Jesus, who is proclaimed in the bible to be the “Savior of the World,” well, I believe that He is going to save, THE WHOLE WORLD, all that He ever created!
Many people including me, have already embraced Jesus as our Savior and I believe we are emphasized in 1 Timothy 4:10 (NET) where Paul writes, “We have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all, ESPECIALLY of believers.”
You read that; He is the Savior of ALL people, ESPECIALLY those who have already believed. We get to live out our lives with certainty and assurance about our future. We get to, as our ministry is fond of saying, live in “Power without Fear.”
But I believe that one day, EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will swear allegiance to Christ, as the scriptures declare in Isaiah 45:22-23 and Romans 14:10-11 and Philippians 2:10-11
But what if I’m wrong about God saving all? And what if my friends who believe the same are wrong, such as the Christian rapper MARZ, whom I featured in Power Message #85, and author Julie Ferwerda, whom I featured in Power Messages 73-74?
And what if my pastor and mentor Rick Knapp of Tetelestai Church is wrong?
And what if my new friend Peter Hiett, the pastor of The Sanctuary Denver and whom I featured in Power Message #89, what if he’s wrong, too?
Peter Hiett, he’s a super creative dude, his sermons are a real treat. And like the others, he’s been dismissed from traditional Christian circles because he became a “no-hell” guy.
Peter was recently asked, “are you sure about God saving all? Because if you’re wrong, well, the consequences are great.” He brilliantly answered this question and you can read his full reply on his Relentless-Love.org website; https://www.relentless-love.org/conversations/what-if-you-are-wrong-about-universal-salvation/
Now with credit to and permission from Peter, I have re-worked and condensed his reply, so now I will answer as if I were asked; “Phil, are you sure about God saving all?” Here’s my reply;
“I really appreciate your question and all of us who have crossed over from believing that God would only save some, to believing that His plan and will is to save all, well, we all wanted to be sure of our beliefs before we started to teach what is referred to as Christian Universalism.
Now the name Jesus literally means God is salvation. In other words, God doesn’t merely OFFER salvation, He IS salvation! So I believe that the glory goes to Him for His decision to save all, and not to me for my decision to believe in Him. Ephesians 2:8 agrees when it says “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that (faith is) not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;” Not only is salvation a free gift, but even the faith I needed to believe, was a gift!
So honestly, I am sure and I am secure in my belief that God will save all of His creation. But now I’d actually like to ask you a few questions, four to be exact…
- As I said, the name Jesus means God is Salvation. ARE YOU SURE that sometimes God is “not salvation?”
- In the Old Testament book of Lamentations 3:22 it says the Lord’s loving kindness will never cease and His compassion will never fail. ARE YOU SURE that His love will cease and His compassion will fail?
- In Luke 19:10, Jesus declared that He came to seek and save the lost. ARE YOU SURE that He will seek and save only some of the lost?
- And Ephesians 1:10 proclaims that in the fullness of time, God will unite all things in Christ. ARE YOU SURE that He will only unite some things in Christ?”
In closing, I want to state that there are many good people, born-again believers in Jesus. They love Him and also believe that hell is real and as such, they do not want you to go there! So they are compelled to ask people like me if we are sure, or how could we be sure, about God saving all, because the consequences are great if we’re wrong?
Yet I and others are convinced that God is salvation and He what the scriptures declare Him to be, The Savior of All, so we want people to come to Jesus NOT so they can avoid condemnation, but rather, so they can experience restoration and the fullness of joy that God has planned for all us and start experiencing that joy right now, by entering into a relationship with Him.
So yes, I am sure that God will save all people? Are you sure that He won’t?
P.S. Here is a complimentary video version of this blog; https://www.philhenrypowergospel.org/video/89/
Phil Henry is a financial adviser and also an ordained minister who founded and produces short videos and blogs at Phil Henry Power Gospel.