explain `1 Tim. 2:4-6`.
<ANSWER>--God will have all men to be saved (from the
death conditions that came upon all because of father Adam's
disobedience; just as the whole race is in a dying condition
with the vast majority in the tomb, so the Lord will have "all,"
"every man," saved from this condition of death) and
to come to the knowledge of the truth (in order to bring the
race--all men--to the knowledge of the truth it would be necessary
to resurrect them from the grave, for very few members of the
race have come to the knowledge of the truth in this present
life, as the Lord Jesus Himself stated on one occasion, "Strait
is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life; and
few there be that find it"), for there is one God (not
three Gods nor many), and one Mediator (go-between), the Man
Christ Jesus, who (will satisfy the claims of Divine Justice
and bring about the atonement or reconciliation between God
and men, because, by the grace of God, He) gave Himself a ransom
for all ("every man," which truth; or fact is), to
be testified (to all) in due time, when all have come forth
from the tomb.
you please explain what is meant by `John's Gospel, sixth chapter
and forty-fourth verse`; and does this harmonize with `Rev.
22:17`--"Whosoever will let him take of the water of life
<ANSWER>--Jesus' words, "No man can come to Me except
the Father which sent Me draw him," have long perplexed
Bible scholars and Christian people in general. The thought
usually is that the Lord is desirous that all mankind should
be saved in this present Christian Era. And if this be so, then
why does the Father "draw" so few to Christ? Why does
He not draw all men unto Him? The difficulty is that many have
failed to note the Scripture teachings concerning the Divine
purpose. All Bible scholars recognize that the doctrine of "election"
is taught in the Scriptures. And nearly all are aware that "free
grace" is likewise set forth. In attempting to apply both
these Bible teachings to the present Era, confusion has resulted.
God is now drawing to Christ such as He desires shall be members
of His Church, the Bride of Christ. In other words, God is "calling"
or inviting a few--"the elect"--to be joint-heirs
with His Son in the glories of the Kingdom. When this election
is completed, then God's free grace will be extended to all
the world of mankind.
it true that the "Highway of Holiness" is opened up
now and that the way of salvation is so plain that a "wayfaring
man though a fool shall not err therein" (`Isa. 35:8-10`)?
If the way is so plain and clear and simple that a foolish person
need make no mistake about it, then why is there so much confusion
among the learned clergymen, Doctors of Divinity, etc., as to
the proper methods of salvation, some teaching one thing and
some another? As an honest skeptic and one seeking to know the
way of salvation, can you direct me to this "Highway"?
<ANSWER>--We are not surprised that you have failed to
find the "Highway." The Lord Jesus referring to the
conditions of salvation during this present Gospel Age, declares
that "Strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leadeth
unto life and few there be that find it." As a matter of
fact, the Scriptures point out three ways:--"The broad-way,
leading to destruction," "The narrow way to life,"
and the "Highway of Holiness." (`Mat. 7:13,17`; `Isa.
35:9`.) It is very evident from the conditions which you mention
that the latter of these ways has not been in existence thus
far, but as the Scriptures affirm, it will be opened up for
the world at the time of our Lord's second coming. Then when
Satan, that old "lion" (`1 Pet. 5:8`), is bound (`Rev.
20:2`) the Prophet's words shall be fulfilled. "No lion
shall be there," and "the redeemed of the Lord (the
world of mankind) shall go up thereon with everlasting joy and
singing upon their heads, and sorrow and sighing shall flee
could the repentant thief on the cross go to Paradise THAT DAY,
with Jesus, when Jesus did not ascend to Heaven until forty
days after His resurrection on the third day?
<ANSWER>--The word "Paradise" signifies, "a
delightful garden, park, or pleasure ground." The garden
of Eden was the original Paradise, where man dwelt before disobeying
the Divine command. Because of disobedience he lost this Paradise.
(`Gen. 3:22-24`.) When the race of mankind comes again into
harmony with the Creator by becoming obedient to the Lord, the
"earth will become as the Garden of Eden," and mankind
will be restored to that Edenic condition. (`Acts 3:19-21`;
`Eze. 36:35`.) "The desert shall bloom and blossom as the
rose and springs shall break forth in the wilderness, and the
solitary place shall be glad for them--the happy world of mankind.
(`Isaiah 35`.) Such conditions will take place when our Lord
"comes into his kingdom." The thief asked to be remembered
"when Thou comest into Thy kingdom," and our Lord
will come into His kingdom at His second coming. Our Lord did
not go to Paradise that day, but went to the tomb, as the Scriptures
declare, from which he was raised the third day. The passage
with the punctuation properly made, placing the comma after
the word "today," clears the matter up. "Verily
I say unto thee today (now), thou shalt be with Me in Paradise"--at
My second coming, when the Kingdom of Heaven shall be established
in the earth. Punctuation is a modern invention, dating from
the year 1515 A.D. The comma was placed in the text by the translators
under King James, and it is evident that they made the mistake
of placing it before instead of after "today."
will become of the heathen? Will they be saved because of their
<ANSWER>--If ignorance were a basis of salvation then
all should have been left in ignorance, for then all would have
been saved. And if the heathen are saved through ignorance then
also all of the babes and children who have died before attaining
years of discretion and knowledge, and therefore in ignorance--these
likewise should be saved. What a great missionary Herod must
have been when he slew so many of the infants of Bethlehem,
for of course these were all saved to Kingdom glory! And what
a pity we did not all die as infants! Heaven would be a delightful
place filled with heathen and infants! We are informed in the
Scriptures that the heathen's trial time for eternal life will
be after the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, when not
only the heathen but all the world of mankind shall be fully
enlightened as to the way of salvation; when the way is so plain
that a wayfaring man, though unlearned, shall not err. The babes
developing to maturity will likewise have their opportunity
of salvation, for eternal life is to be given to those only
who exercise faith and obedience. Those who disobey, after full
opportunity has been received, shall die the "second death."
the thought that "Once in grace, Always in grace"
<ANSWER>-- The Word of God does not support the idea that
one cannot lose their salvation, which is the concept of "Once
in grace, always in grace". Please consider the following
verses: JOHN 15:6, "If a man abide not in me, he is cast
forth as a branch, and is withered; and they gather them, and
cast them into the fire, and they are burned."; 1 CORINTHIANS
9:27, "...but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage;
lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself
should be rejected."; HEBREWS 6:6, "...and then fell
away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance seeing
they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh and put him
to an open shame."; HEBREWS 10:26-27, "For if we sin
willfully after we receive the knowledge of the truth, there
remaineth no more a sacrifice for sins but a certain fearful
expectation of judgment, and fierceness of fire which shall
devour the adversaries."; SECOND PETER 2:21, "For
it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness
than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment
delivered unto them."; FIRST CORINTHIANS 10:12, "Wherefore
let him that thinketh he standeth take heed unto himself lest