The Case For Universalism

Every Knee Will Bow And Every Tongue Confess

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Isaiah 45:22-23 (God is swearing by himself. That is meaningful, although unnecessary, that God will do this. It is a decree that all the ends of the earth will be saved. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess. Does that happen in this life? No it doesn't. But it will happen. Many claim that this does not affect salvation,  but the context is clear, that salvation is in view in vs22.)

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are savedAs Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Rom. 10:9-13 (This is pretty clear, so will all mankind confess with their mouths? Yes they will, and they will all be saved.)

Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor. 12:3 (To any objecting that some people will be begrudgingly bowing to Christ out of force, this is not so, as it is only by the Holy Spirit that one can confess Jesus as Lord.)

For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. Rom. 14:10-11 (Yes, all mankind will confess with their mouths and be saved.)

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 (Notice this is done to the glory of God. Is there any glory in forcing someone to bow in submission? No there is not.)

The Mystery Of His Will

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: Eph. 1:9-10 (First notice that God's will, purpose and good pleasure was at one time a mystery, but now has been made know unto us. This mystery is that through the ages of time, or eventually, all things will be restored in one to Christ Jesus.)

EVERYONE Will Be Saved!

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 1 Tim. 2:1-6 (All will be saved and all will come to the knowledge of the truth. This is because Jesus paid the ransom for everyone's debt due to their sins.)

Savior Of The World

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14 (Sometimes we explain away the most plain verses and never see the simplicity of what the verse is saying.)

“God is the savior of all men, especially of believers.” 1 Timothy 4:10 (If all men meant only believers, the phrase "especially of believers" is wholly unnecessary. Therefore all men encompasses all unbelievers too.)

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Gal. 6:10 
(This gives us clarity on how 1 Tim. 4:10 should be read. These 2 verses are very simply to be read the same way.)

Universal Redemption 

And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3:20-21 (Is it really "all things" that is restored? If not, there needs to be an explanation of how this verse really only means some things are restored, or many things.)

“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth…and it was the Father’s good pleasure…through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:16-20

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:4-5 (If UR is not true, than this verse would not be true. Some of the darkness would have overcome the light.)

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. John 1:9 (If UR is not true, than "everyone" in this verse would need to be reconciled.)

For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” John 6:33 (The world represents all mankind. This is what Jesus accomplished on the cross. Life and immortality is what Christ accomplished for all mankind. We are all saved from the jaws of death, therefore we have life.)

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Luke 2:10 (The gospel is good news to everyone, not just some.)

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, Titus 2:11 (This means everyone folks.)

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor. 5:18-21 (God is a God of reconciliation. The gospel is this message of reconciliation of the whole world.)

“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6 (God says it is too small a thing to only save all of Israel, all the Gentiles will also receive salvation, all the way to the ends of the earth.)

All People Blessed Through Christ

And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. Acts 3:25-26 (It doesn't save "some" and it doesnt say "if," it says "shall.")

And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. Gen. 22:18

I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Gen. 12:3

Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. Gen. 18:17-18

I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, Gen. 26:4

Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. Gen. 28:14

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations. All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it! Psalm 22:27-31
 (Psalm 22 is an amazing Messianic prophecy. When it says "He has done it," it's talking about what Jesus accomplished on the cross. When Jesus said on the cross, "My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?" he was pointing to the whole chapter of Psalm 22. He was quoting it to show the prophecies fulfillment and what it accomplished. It accomplished the redemption of all mankind as vs27 states that all the ends of the earth will turn to him. And we know that this will result in their salvation because of what Christ did on the cross.)

On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine—the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. Isaiah 25:6-8 (Death will be done away with for all people. Spiritual blindness will be lifted from all people. Tears will be gone from all faces. Disgrace is removed from all the earth. All, all, all.)

But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD. Num. 14:21!

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Hab. 2:14

The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen. Zeph. 2:11

Universal Atonement 

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

“He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, Dan. 9:24

Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Heb. 9:26

But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin...The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 1 John 3:5,8

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Heb. 2:14-15

I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Rev.1:18

To As Many As Thou Hast Given Him

As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. John 17:2 (Many will use this verse to indicate that Jesus was only given a limited amount for salvation. Let's see if this is true.)

The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. John 3:35

Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; John 13:3

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Matt. 28:18

All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:27-228

For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 1 Cor. 15:27
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church. Eph. 1:22

If I Be Lifted Up

And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32 (Jesus states that when he dies on the cross, the process will begin in which he WILL eventually draw all mankind to himself. And this is not optional, as the Greek word "helko" indicates dragging against one's own will. Like a fisherman draws or drags his net of fish into the boat. The fish do not swim into the boat on their own, they are often times resisting and trying to swim away. And the only condition for this to happen, was that Jesus be lifted up on the cross to die.)

Mercy Upon All

Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. Rom. 11:32 (This includes all Jews and all gentiles. Disobedience allows for mercy, and mercy allows for glory toward God. No man can boast, as all have received mercy from God.)

Universalism In John 17

“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 17:20-26 
(God sent Jesus. Jesus sent the disciples. Then the believers to the world. John 17 sets out the flow and plan of God to redeem the whole world. The purpose is stated. It is so that the whole world will believe and be saved. The world is the rest of the unbelievers, as the believers are seen as a distinct group from the rest of the world. John 17 supports universalism.)