Under the above heading, a brother for whom I
have the most profound respect, publishes an editorial, purporting to
show that if Election is a Bible doctrine, then the teaching which says
all mankind will be saved, cannot be true.
First, let me say that I do not teach
"Universalism," any more than this brother teaches
"Adventism." He believes in the future advent of Christ,
as Adventists do, but this does not constitute him an Adventist. I
believe that God will, by His grace, through the sacrifice of Christ,
eventually save al mankind, but this does not make me a
Universalist. That denomination ignores the exceeding sinfulness
of sin, and the value of the blood of Christ. One of their
teachers said, some time age, "Jesus was not the Savior of sinners,
and did not claim to be." I do not subscribe to such
teaching. Therefore, I object to the term, Universalism, when
applied to me and others who believe in God's ultimate.
We call ourselves the ecclesia. This is God's
way of designation those who are in Christ. We rarely use the
word, "church" because it has come to mean simply a
congregation of professed believers. Ecclesia means the
out-called, and cannot include any professor who is not vitally joined
to Christ. One saint is the out-called. A million saints are
the out-called. We are not members of a church. We are not
even members of the ecclesia which is His body. We ARE the
ecclesia, and are members of the body of Christ. Nor do we claim
to be the only ones who are members of the body. They are found in
various denominations, and many are not connected with any
Election, or selection, or choice, is certainly a scriptural
doctrine. If a farmer has six mules and his neighbor has six, he
cannot select all his mules to do a certain piece of work. He can
use them all, but there is no selection about it. Nor can he chose
his mules, and leave his neighbors. Choice is not to be exercised,
unless one chooses among His own. He may select two of his animals
for a certain fob and leave the others in the barn for the
If all humanity belong to God, He has the right to
choose certain ones for certain purposes. But if half or any other
portion of the human family belong to "the devil," and God
saves all His and leaves those who belong to the devil, "to go to
hell," no choice is exercised. He has no right to touch the
If God chooses one and leaves another, He had the
right to do the opposite. All advocates of election admit that God
had the right to choose those whom He did not choose, instead of the
ones He did Select. Upon what is that right based? On the
fact that all humanity are His! If they are not His, whose are
they? And if they are not His now, how did He lose possession of
them? Did my brother ever read, "All souls are mine,"
All humanity being God's, He chose some to be His
nation; in that nation He selected some to be prophets, others to be
priests, etc.; and of the nation He chose some to be the ecclesia which
is the bride of the Lambkin. These He hinds to Christ, John
6:37. Of that number, He chose some to be apostles.
Another group, without respect to nationality, are
chosen in Christ before the disruption of the world, to be the ecclesia
which is the body of Christ, Eph. 1. Of that number, Paul and
others are chosen to be apostles"the last apostles," I
Cor. 4:9. Others are chosen to be teachers, etc.
They tell us none of the non-elect will be
saved. Well, we are all no-elect in some relation. God chose
Christ, out of all His creation, to be the Savior, Isa. 42:1. In
this relation He is the elect and all the human family are
non-elect. God elected Israel to be His nation. All the rest
of humanity are non-elect in this relation. Part of Israel are
given to Christ, and even all the rest of that nation are non-elect in
this particular. He chose the Twelve as apostles, leaning the rest
of those whom He gives to Christ, as well as the rest of humanity, on
the outside. Members of the body of Christ are chosen, and in this
relation, even the "church" or ecclesia of Israel is among the
non-elect. We should measure our words, before we say that no non-elect.
will be saved.
Election or choice is to an office. The elect
among Israel are to be the bride. For this purpose Christ gives
them eonian life, John 6:40. The Greek word used here is AIONION,
not eternal. They will have life during that part of the eons that
follows the establishing of the kingdom. They will be in an
office; they will be reigning with Christ for the AIONS of the AIONS,
or, to put it in English, for the eons of the eons. At the
consummation of the eons they will not die, but they will cease to reign.
They shall continue to live, but it cannot be called eonian life when
there are no eons.
The ecclesia which is His body are chosen to an
office. We shall be associated with Christ in the administration of
the complement of the eras, then He is heading up the universe in Himself, Eph. 1:10, 11. We are to be an "about-being
people," Titus 2:14. The Greek word is PERI (about) OUSION
(being)PERIOUSION. It does not mean "peculiar," nor
yet, "Special." We are chosen to be about Christ in His reign,
as the cabinet of the President of the United States is composed of
people chosen to be about him. We must have eonian life, in order
to serve this propose. When the eons are past we shall continue to
have life, but it cannot be eonian. We will have finished our
official work by the time the eons are finished.
In I Thess. 2:13 the apostle says, "God prefers
you from the beginning, for salvation in hallowing of spirit and belief
of the truth." That is the way the elect are saved.
Others will be saved just as much by grace as we, but it will be after
all need for faith has vanished. It will not be in belief, or
faith, but in sight. They will be face to face with the Savior,
and will actually see Him. With us it is a matter of
My brother says in his editorial that it is not a
matter of "what we think; but the question is, What does the word
of God say?" This is good. But in the very same paragraph
he quotes the words of Christ, "I will draw all men unto me,"
and then says the Lord did not mean that He would draw every individual,
but that he would draw all classes. Thus the brother, after
quoting what the word of God says, proceeds to tell what he THINKS the
Lord means! Christ could have said "all classes," just
as easily as my brother should say it. The brother cannot possibly
KNOW that the Lord means the opposite of what He says; he just THINKS
My brother's position leaves the following passage,
for which he cannot possibly have any use: "Therefore, as by the
offense of one judgment came upon all men unto condemnation, even so by
the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto
justification of life," Rom. 5:18. "For as IN Adam all
die, even so IN Christ shall all be made alive," I Cor.
15:22. Don't try to say "BY Christ all shall be made
alive." The Book says "IN." And remember that
if anyone is IN Christ, he is a new creature, according to the King
James Version. All men are to be mad new creatures, if all are to
made alive IN Christ. "This is good and acceptable in the
sight of God our Savior, Who will have all men to be saved and to come
into the knowledge of the truth," I Tim. 2:3, 4. In the
absence of any passage which says God WILL NOT HAVE ALL MEN TO BE SAVED,
it would be well to accept this passage as it reads, and not try to tell
what it "means."
The choice of some, insures the blessing of all, just
as the President, when he chooses his cabinet, insures the well-being of
every citizen of the United States. For one or another cabinet
member has a job that touches every profession among the
We are not chosen to go to heaven and spend eternity
singing. We are elected to be associated with Christ in His
administration of the heavens, as the elect among Israel are to be
associated with the sovereignty of the earth. This is eonian, and
will cease for a greater glory, with all mankind and celestial
creatures, when the eons are past. For not only shall all mankind
be saved, the universe is to be reconciled to God through the blood of
the Cross, Col. 1:20. What a glorious outlook!
Judgment, death, "hell," etc., will not
interfere with God's ultimate. These are processessteps on the way
to the goal. "Hell" will be cast into the lake of fire,
just after the judging at the white throne. Judgment will be over
then. Death is to be abolished at the "end," King James
Version, and God is to be All in all, I Cor. 15:22-28.
If death, judgment and hell cannot interfere with God
reaching His goal, surely election will not interfere with it. Its
junction is the opposite. Yes, Election and the salvation of the
entire human race and the reconciliation of the universe are all taught
in the word of God.
Yes, Election and the salvation of the entire human race
and the reconciliation of the universe are all taught in the word of
"Three Spheres of Blessing" will be
discussed in the Messenger in an early issue, the Lord willing.
This is by request, and after considerable study of the subject.