The Counsel of God

From 1 Timothy 2,Paul to Timothy: “First of all, I am entreating for petitions, prayers, pleadings, thanks to be done, over all humans, over kings and all of the ones in superiority, that we may be leading a quiet and mild life in all devoutness and gravity. This is ideal and welcome in the sight of our Savior God, who is willing for all humans to be saved, and coming into recognition of truth. For there is one God, and one mediator of God and humans, the human Christ Jesus, the one giving himself as a ransom over all . . .”

From Isaiah 46, God speaking: “I am God, and there is no other . . . God, and no other like me, telling the hereafter, from the beginning, and from aforetime, what has not yet been done, saying, “All my counsel shall be confirmed, and I shall do all my desire.”

counsel: plan of action

From 1 Corinthians 15, Paul writing: “. . . even as all are dying in the Adam, thus also, all shall be vivified in the Christ, yet each in his own set (class) . . .”

From Romans 5, Paul writing: “. . . Consequently, then: as through one offense, into, all humans into condemnation, thus is it also, through one just effect, into, all humans into justification of life. For even as through the disobedience of the one human, the many were constituted sinners, thus also, through the obedience of the one, the many shall be constituted just.”

Thus is it, that just as surely as all humans are born into this world condemned, because of Adam’s one disobedience, all humans shall be justified and given immortality, because of Christ Jesus’ one obedience. However, there are three sets (classes) of vivification to come. The third class, the ones presently not given to Christ, will be vivified after a second death in a lake of fire, which will be burning into the durations of the durations. Only the ones belonging to Christ Jesus will have the durative life, the life pertaining to the coming durations, which could be 20,000 years or so, until God’s mercy reaches a thousand generations as spoken to Moses, or as Paul wrote in Ephesians, “into all the generations of the duration of the durations.”

(“Duration of the durations” is like saying “king of the kings” or “holy of the holies”.)

There is a first century Greek expression that meant “eternal” as we understand it. It does not appear one time in any of the Greek manuscripts that compose the New Testament. The kingdom that Jesus will deliver over to his God and Father will have “no consummation” (finish, end). “No consummation” is how the manuscripts denote endlessness. Be saved, and “coming into recognition of truth”. The duration of the durations will have a consummation and conclusion, leading into an endless kingdom where the one God is all in all.

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