I have been reading a series by Martin Zender on Romans 5 that I have found very interesting. In this series, I have picked up little nuggets of truth that I have not heard before and they blow my mind (I know, small explosion, but still!). I read the most recent article and wanted to comment on something he said that struck me hard.
“If evil were eternal, then its entry into the universe via God’s hand – Isaiah 45:7 – would be inexcusable.”
[My insert for the benefit of the reader] (Isa 45:7) Forming light, and preparing darkness, Making peace, and preparing evil, I am Jehovah, doing all these things.’ YLT – Young’s Literal Translation
“But evil is not eternal, it’s temporary. The eternality of evil is the worst teaching imaginable…Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:26 that, “the last enemy is being abolished, death.”…If death is the last enemy abolished, then every other enemy – every other evil – will have gone before. This is pure logic. God created evil to do its nasty but necessary work of revealing all things good. When all things goodare finally and fully bloomed, God dismantles forever the scaffolding – evil – used to produce them. 1 Corinthians 15:26 proves it. Christianity knows nothing of this joy. They love evil too much. The prospect of evil being forever abolished makes them sad. They want their enemies to be eternally tormented. They want to watch.”
Zender goes on and gives an example saying, “God’s use of evil can be likened to a human using fire to purify gold. When the gold is purified, the fire is abolished.” In other words, the fire (hell, evil) has a purpose. If it had no purpose other than for retribution, it would deny its being formed and the form-er, God, the creator of all things, would be nothing more than a monster, a maniac, a murderer, a being worse than any terrorist walking the earth today.
Thankfully, the Bible denies that God is anything but a loving Creator with a purpose that defies our own logic and reason. Paul explains that we see through a dim glass, an opaque glass, that only yields, at best, shadows of great things to come. What greater thing than the salvation of all people could there be that is yet to come? Friend, do you still want to cling to your traditional, anemic view of God that has Him saving less people than Satan brings destruction upon? Is Satan greater than Jesus? Did Jesus ‘ coming into this world truly lead to the destruction of death through His own death on the cross? Was this good news of great joy for all people really so-so news for some people?
No, and thankfully no my friend. Jesus defeated death and now we have nothing left to fear. All people are in Christ, or will be in Christ, and because of Jesus’ own words, about saving all mankind in John’s writings especially, we can truly celebrate His birth as GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY WHICH WILL BE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE! Blessings to you all on the Christmas eve. Let me know what you think about Zender’s comments. I agree with him, maybe you don’t If not let us dialog lovingly about it. Until then, be at peace in the joy of the Lord Jesus Christ.