Someone said, “I am going to win souls for God, for Christ ~ I’ve made up in my mind to follow Christ ~ God had been calling me for a long time ~ God can use me ~ I will be his vessel.”
By all means, win souls, and we also do believe that evangelism is informing people that they are already saved, righteous, holy and blameless before God, and that God ultimately reconciled the whole world to Himself through Christ. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:22) and “He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2) Furthermore, “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” (1 Corinthians 3:15)
Someone might protest and quote John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” and say that it doesn’t mean anyone who doesn’t believe.
Yet we need to look that passage through the glasses of “Preterism or aka “Fulfilled eschatology”. The verse that is quoted above doesn’t necessarily apply to our time. The Bible itself is about the transition from the old covenant to the new covenant in the first century AD. People who lived at the time didn’t have the Holy Spirit in them before the cross, so they needed something from outside to guide and help them. Today, WE ALL have the seed of Christ living in us and some of us might have discovered that seed more than others. You are invited to watch this video “Faith in Christ vs. Faith in Faith” by Martin Zender.
Someone might counter and ask “How about Romans 1:16 where Paul wrote ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile’?”
Well, the Old Testament or the old covenant was in operation until AD 70 (until the destruction of the Jerusalem temple). Yes, it is the power of God unto salvation, of course. Salvation is not about being saved from hell. Salvation is about being saved from religion, legalism, self righteousness and old way of thinking and old mindset, etc etc. Salvation was never about being saved from hell. You know why? Hell doesn’t exist. Salvation is progressive. We get saved every single minute of a day from our old mindset that held us in bondage for centuries.
Besides, the context of John 3:16-21 tells us that we are saved from condemnation, not hell or eternal torment. Believing in Jesus gives us eternal life (which means knowing Jesus – John 17:3), and also gives us peace for our conscience. We are saved from an evil conscience, that is, from sin-consciousness.
For the record, there is no Judgment day pending for humanity because the judgment day was done away with when the temple was destroyed in Jerusalem in AD 70. As such, everyone is saved from the Judgment of God. We are now in the new heaven and new earth. So, Christ is all in all.
To put it in another way: Everyone is Objectively saved. But, the Subjective experience might be different for everyone.
The Truth is that Jesus succeeded in His mission. We are now in the new heaven and new earth. The devil, the false Prophets, whore mongers, the fearful, etc are IN the lake of fire, RIGHT NOW. Not in some future day. It is better we get to enjoy our lives than worrying about “Judgment day” et al.
Someone put it well: “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. [Romans 5:19] Why is this so hard for people to swallow? Why are most people trying so hard to fix something that has already been done through Jesus Christ? If Adam made all sinners, and Jesus made ALL righteous – what is the problem?
Well, this is where all our problems in the world comes from. The oft-used phrase that “We are saved and you’re not” results in us creating a division and ‘us vs them’ mentality. Why do you think the world is so messed up? Christianity has set back history at least by 2000 years. Our minds are 2000 years old.
Sometimes I wonder why God even allowed this to happen. But we know that all things work together for good, and where there is confusion and fear, there will be superabounding grace of God to swallow up every confusion and darkness. Amen, our God is ever progressive, and He is good and His love endures forever. Jesus is the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega, the Aleph and the Tav, and He will always have the final say in all our situations. 🙂
Blessings to you.
Suggested reading: Honest Questions and Answers About Hell