Gospel Guidebook: Getting and Keeping It Right  한국어    日本語




Introduction

In the Gospel of John we learn that Jesus came to save the world (John 3:17) and that He gave Himself in order to give life to the world (John 6:51). However, we also learn that Jesus did not pray for the world but only for those who were given to Him by the Father (John 17:9). How can we harmonize this apparent contradiction? I believe we can harmonize it if we consider that God's chosen people (i.e., people who believe in Jesus Christ during this life) receive a special salvation (1 Timothy 4:10), being "a kind of firstfruits of His creatures" (James 1:18). Other people, namely, those who will believe in the afterlife, are "a kind of last fruits." In other words, the firstfruits come in first, and the "last fruits" come in later. This distinction is also evident in Israel's harvest seasons Shavuot (firstfruits festival) and Sukkot (the last fruits at the feast of Tabernacles). In this manner, I believe that all people will be saved, but not everyone will receive the same type of salvation. I believe that "last fruit" believers will have an inferior social status compared to "firstfruit" believers. This page contains a few articles written by me regarding my view of Universalism.

Biblical Christian Universalism

Is Universalism Compatible with "Eternal Punishment" in Matthew 25:46?

Revelation 14:9-11 and Christian Universalism

Is Universalism Compatible with "Eternal Destruction" in 2 Thessalonians 1:9?

Aionios: Eternal or Age-Lasting?

Aionios: "In Eternity" with "Everlasting Consequences"

Difference of Opinion regarding the Afterlife

Eternal Hope by F.W. Farrar

Mercy and Judgment by F.W. Farrar (This Farrar's response to E.B. Pusey's book What Is of Faith as to Everlasting Punishment?)

Does the Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus Teach Eternal Conscious Torment? (Updated 2022)

Gospel Guidebook (2019) (Q&A requires updating)