Post Mortem Salvation

Post mortem salvation is a must in order.for universal reconciliation in Christ to be true. Not everyone is being called by God in this life. This life is to prepare the saints to reign with Christ in the millennium in order to liberate the rest of mankind. It is assumed based on ambiguity and tradition that salvation is only available before death. But could we be ignoring much of what scripture reveals about this. Now the following is not all the scriptures that teach or imply post mortem salvation. The other pages will also include more scriptures that imply the same. Let's see if what the Bible says.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (Jesus is unwilling to allow any to perish, but says all will come to repentance. What's interesting is the context of this verse reveals so much more. It's talking about the day of the Lord being 1000 years. Peter mentions this to assure us of the patience of God to save everyone. There will be repentance and salvation during Christ's reign on earth. The is evidence for post mortem salvation because it is talking about repentance during Christ's reign and the patience of God to not allow anyone to perish during this time.)

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. John 6:44-45 (Raised up on the last day sounds like post mortem salvation. And if they are all taught by God post mortem, and all that learn from God comes to Jesus, and if all that comes to Jesus are saved, then post mortem salvation is biblical.)

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 1 Pet. 3:18-19

For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 1 Pet. 4:6
(Jesus went to Tartarus(Hell) where the disobedient fallen Angel's are held, and taught them the gospel. This happened between his resurrection and his ascension to Heaven. Why would Jesus have done this if they had no hope for reconciliation? This is evidence of post mortem salvation?)

The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:46-48 (Post mortem salvation is implied here because the punishment of the unbelievers is limited. Only annihilationists could argue their case. But eternal conscious torment must be ruled out by this verse.)

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:12-13 (It doesn't say judgment triumphs over mercy. So if this is true, post mortem salvation must be possible.)

For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone. Lam. 3:31-34 (The clear words of this verse implies post mortem salvation. This is pretty strong evidence. We must ask ourselves if this verse is true.)

Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him. 2 Sam. 14:14 (This verse may not be proof of post mortem salvation, but it certainly reveals the character of God in regards to those that are perished. They are not beyond reach for God and he devises ways to get them back.)

“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Hosea 6:1-2
(Again this is not proof for post mortem salvation so much as it just shows the ways of God. He tears down, but he always restores. God is a God of restoration.)

“For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a momentbut with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer. Isaiah 54:7-8 (Again his anger and judgments are not forever, always following is reconciliation because he is compassionate and merciful. And by the way, this is talking about the church resurrected in the millennium. Let's see what is revealed in the very next chapter, same context.)

Come, all you who are thirstycome to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a ruler and commander of the peoples. Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.” Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:1-11 (This is simply amazing! This is absolute proof of post mortem salvation. Mercy and forgiveness in the kingdom of God.)

For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5
(If this is true, post mortem salvation is true.)

Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?” Psalm 77:7-9 (The answer is no to all the hypothetical questions. Which makes post mortem salvation true.)

All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. Psalm 86:9 (We often just down play the significance of verses like this and conclude that they can't possibly mean what it plainly says. But again if this is true, then so is post mortem salvation.)

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. Psalm 103:8-10 (He will not always accuse and his anger is not forever. He is abounding in love and compassionate. Post mortem salvation is testified to many times.)

The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. Psalm 145:8-9
(We must not forget the character of God and that his love, mercy, and compassion is greater than his judgments.)

But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: 2 Tim. 1:10 (Jesus abolished death. Immortality is brought to all mankind because of his resurrection. And as we have seen, God offers hope in his kingdom.)

“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. Matt. 5:25-26

Firstfruits

We will see that the saints are called the firstfruits of God. This implies more to follow, or more to come after. And with that being the case, post mortem salvation is biblical.

“But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you as first fruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13

“In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.” James 1:18

“These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.” Revelation 14:4

“…we ourselves, have the first fruits of the Spirit,” Romans 8:23

“…you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance,” Ephesians 1:13,14 (A pledge is also like a deposit, or down payment. This means that we don't have the whole indwelling Holy Spirit yet, but a small portion, a down payment, or a firstfruits of the Spirit.)

“He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.” 2 Corinthians 1:21,22, see also 5:5

If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. Rom. 11:16 (This is a very important verse as it establishes the principle God uses to reconcile the world to himself. Christ makes the saints holy because he was called the firstfruits of the harvest. The saints are the firstfruits to the rest of the world. And so the saints make the rest of the world holy. Take a look at John 17 the whole chapter.)

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” John 17:17-26 (If you read this chapter as a whole real carefully you can see the pattern to save the whole world. God sent Jesus to the believers so that they may know the Father. Jesus then sends the believers to the world so that they may believe. This is all done so that the whole world, the the whole lump of dough, will believe eventually. Jesus is one with the Father. Believers are then grafted into them, then the rest of the world comes into the fold. This follows the principle of firstfruits making the rest of the lump holy by representation. The only way this is accomplished is through post mortem salvation.)

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. Rom. 8:18-21 (Is the creation referring to the people or the other aspects of creation itself like the land, animals, waters, trees, plants, etc.? Or perhaps both? I believe it is both and encompasses all those things including the rest of mankind that will be liberated through the firstfruits of the children of God. And of course this could only be accomplished through post mortem salvation.)

Year Of Jubilee 

The Year of Jubilee reveals in the law a foreshadowing of what the future holds regarding post mortem salvation. Being sold into slavery due to financial debts is shown to foreshadow being sold into slavery to sin due to what is required on account of payment for our sins. So if mercy and limitations were set on financial obligations to slaves under the law, then mercy and limitations are set for slaves under sin. If all financial slaves under the law are eventually set free, so then will all slaves under sin eventually be set free. Let's see how the Jubilee year teaches us about post mortem salvation for the rest of mankind.

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. Rom. 6:6
When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. Rom. 6:20
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. Rom. 7:14
“Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. John 8:34 (The analogy is established that we are sold into slavery to sin for the debt that we own due to it.)

Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? Because of your sins you were sold. Isaiah 50:1

And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. Luke 11:4

Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. Matt. 18:25
(This parable is talking here about the debt incurred by Adam for his sin. Adam, Eve, and all their children were sold into slavery to sin.)

The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming--not the realities themselves. Heb. 10:1

“Even if someone is not redeemed in any of these ways, they and their children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee. Lev. 25:54
(If you study the law and how slaves were freed from theirs debts, they had to pay off the debt on their own by working as a slave, which it is impossible for us to pay off our debt for sin as it is too much. Or they had to be redeemed by a near kinsman who would pay off the debt for them. Jesus is our kinsman Redeemer. Or on the 50th year of Jubilee, all slaves were free from their debts. Does this foreshadow post mortem salvation in which the rest of mankind is reconciled to God through Christ?)



The Great Fall Harvest (Of Souls) - The agricultural harvest seasons depict resurrected souls of man. There are 3 agricultural harvests each year. The fall harvest is by far the largest of the harvest seasons. What can we learn from God's analogy from nature in regards to the afterlife?
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