Saviour of All Fellowship
Dear Friends in Faith,
Robert Short, has written a new book entitled,
The Parables of Dr. Seuss (Westminster
John Knox Press, Louisville, 2008, ISBN 978-0-664-23047-0). It may seem more than
strange that Dr. Seuss’s popular books for children can be used to bring us to Ephesians
1:9,10 and 3:9, but Short gets us there by way of Seuss’s book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, and then comments: “In case you missed it, Paul here makes it unmistakably clear where
everything —including all people, Christians and non-Christians alike—will finally go:
“everything” will be “brought into a unity in Christ.” And it’s exactly this invincible plan
that all Christians are “to make everyone see” (p.18,19).
“Therefore I am saying to you, Every sin and blasphemy shall be pardoned men, yet the blasphemy of the spirit shall not be pardoned. And whosoever may be saying a word against the Son of Mankind, it will be pardoned him, yet whoever may be saying aught against the holy spirit, it shall not be pardoned him, neither in this eon nor in that which is impending” (Matt. 12:31,32).In order to disprove the truth that God will save all mankind, the blasphemy of the holy spirit is often brought forth.We are assured by these people that one who commits such a sin “hath never forgiveness.” Therefore, such a one can never be saved and that is the end of God saving all. These people who state as much say the Universalist believes this sin will be forgiven. However, this is false. Of course in a more literal, consistent translation such as the Concordant Literal New Testament, “pardoned” is much better than “forgiveness” in these passages as this has to do with an executive such as a king pardoning a subject of the kingdom. During this eon and the eon to come no pardon will be forthcoming. Such a person just cannot be pardoned. They must do the full time for their crime. We do the same in our system of law. Often the President pardons certain people in prison and they are released early. Otherwise they remain behind bars. In our legal system, one would not infer that should one not be pardoned they must remain incarcerated longer than the sentence laid down by the judge. Eventually they will be freed as will the blasphemer. Eventually God will save all mankind due to what Christ accomplished for us all.
Yours in God’s grace and peace,
Dean Hough and Tony Nungesser
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