Unfortunately, there are many propagating the false narrative that people are going to get a second chance to enter God's kingdom basing it on the following two scriptures, 1 Timothy 2:3-4 and John 6:44. The subject of whether some are called out from the rest of the world at this time to be part of the first resurrection, and that others are not called at this time, only leads to a lack of a sense of commitment, and that is why it is important that we take a close look at what the Bible has to says on the subject.
2 Peter 3:9 "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 (does not want any to perish, does not say they will not), but that all should come to repentance."
Are We being Called Separate from the World?
Isaiah 55:6 "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:"
Job 21:30 "That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath"
Job 31:2-3 "For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?"
Matthew 3:10 "And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."
Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness [Anyone who wants to know the truth, and live by it.]: for they shall be filled."
Matthew 5:20 "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. "
Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened." [Pretty clear that one has to want to know the truth, and then seek it.]Matthew 9:13 "for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." [Calling ALL sinners!]
Matthew 11:28-29 "Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls." [Come to me, all, now not at another time.]
Matthew 13:10-11 "And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." [When speaking of mysteries, he is talking to them on a personal level, telling them things that they do not need to know to make it into the kingdom, but what he would like them to know on a personal level. The disciples are his friends.]
Matthew 13:13-15 "therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which says, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they [It does not say that the Lord closed their eyes, but that they got tired of hearing the truth, they did not want to know!] have closed; lest at any time [at anytime they could have known the truth.] they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them."
Matthew 18:3-4 "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven [You have to be converted in your heart, and follow as a child would.]. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 20:16 "...for many are called, but few chosen." [it doesn't say only a few are called, many are called, few are chosen because only a few want to know the truth.]
Matthew 22:1-14 "And Jesus answered and spoke unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, ... Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you will find, invite to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests..." [The calling is to preach to everyone you both evil and righteous to repent NOW!]Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” [Notice that God's people consist of a small flock of individuals.]
1 Peter 4:17-18 "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?"
John 3:14-21 "...That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believes on him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already [Though God would like all to be saved, those that refuse to believe in the Lord are condemned to perish, unless the believe in him. To believe is to also follow in what he has said.], because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
John 6:44-47 "No man can come to me, except the Father which has 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 has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes unto me. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me has everlasting life." [it is clear that anyone who hears, learns, and believes the word, the gospel of Christ makes a choice, at that point they are, or are not, drawn to God based on their own choice.]
Romans 10:13-17 "for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. how then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed [heard of]? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! [Preachers are for a reason, to call sinners to repent, if we where called special by God there would be no need for preachers.] But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias says, Lord, who has believed our report? So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world." [All the KNOWN world at that time had heard, the scripture has been fulfilled.]
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."
2 Corinthians 6:2 "For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation."
Revelation 22:14-15 "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."
Revelation 22:17 "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."
2 Esdras also known as 4 Ezra 7:3-14 "I said, "Speak, my lord." And he said to me, "There is a sea set in a wide expanse so that it is broad and vast, but it has an entrance set in a narrow place, so that it is like a river. If any one, then, wishes to reach the sea, to look at it or to navigate it, how can he come to the broad part unless he passes through the narrow part? Another example: There is a city built and set on a plain, and it is full of all good things; but the entrance to it is narrow and set in a precipitous place, so that there is fire on the right hand and deep water on the left; and there is only one path lying between them, that is, between the fire and the water, so that only one man can walk upon that path. If now that city is given to a man for an inheritance, how will the heir receive his inheritance unless he passes through the danger set before him?" I said, "He cannot, lord." And he said to me, "So also is Israel's portion. For I made the world for their sake, and when Adam transgressed my statutes, what had been made was judged. And so the entrances of this world were made narrow and sorrowful and toilsome; they are few and evil, full of dangers and involved in great hardships. But the entrances of the greater world are broad and safe, and really yield the fruit of immortality. Therefore unless the living pass through the difficult and vain experiences, they can never receive those things that have been reserved for them."
2 Esdras also known as 4 Ezra 8:1-3 "He answered me and said, "The Most High made this world for the sake of many, but the world to come for the sake of few. But I tell you a parable, Ezra. Just as, when you ask the earth, it will tell you that it provides very much clay from which earthenware is made, but only a little dust from which gold comes; so is the course of the present world. Many have been created, but few shall be saved."
Matthew 25:14-30 "For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
In the above parable everyone is rewarded for the works of this life, and those that do not have good works are cast away, it is clear that there is no "do-over".
Luke 19:12-27 "He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities. And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him. But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."
The above parable makes it even more clear that one is rewarded based on ones works in life now! Those who did not want to live according to God's rule(s) are dragged in front of the crowd and publicly executed, their chances are over to enter the kingdom.
Concerning the judgment of those that have heard the truth.
Ezekiel 18:4 "Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins, it shall die."
Ezekiel 18:20-27 "The soul that sins, it shall die. ...But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die [at the second resurrection]. ... But when the righteous turns away from his righteousness, and commits iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them he shall die. Again, when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive ".
Malachi 3:16 "Then they that feared the LORD spoke often to one another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name."
Malachi 4:1-3 "For, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yes, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch [totally destroyed]. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, says the LORD of hosts."
Matthew 3:10-12 "And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees [Gods people]: therefore every tree which does not bring forth good fruit [Lived a Godly life.] is hewn down, and cast into the fire. ...Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor [The earth], and gather his wheat [People living godly lives.] into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff [People living ungodly lives.] with unquenchable fire."
Matthew 5:20 "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no way enter into the kingdom of heaven." [The religious cults of the time portrayed themselves holy in public, but in private they where anything but holy.]
Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it." [Get that? Destruction! Not a second chance. Only a few are going to escape destruction, the second death!]
Matthew 7:19-23 "Every tree [person] that does not bring forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire [destroyed]. ... Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but only he that doeth the will [follows the word of God] of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity." [These are those that follow a false Christianity.]
Matthew 12:36-37 "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by thy words you shall be condemned."
Matthew13:49-50 "So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire:"
Luke 13:23-27 "...Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, many will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door [judgment day], and you begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not who you are: Then shall you begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets [These people heard the truth and did not act upon it.]. But he shall say, I tell you, I know not who you are; ..".
Acts 10:34-35 "Then Peter said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons [Not calling only a select few into the kingdom.]: But in every nation he that fears him, and works righteousness, is accepted [Living a righteous life is how one is accepted into the kingdom] with him."
Concerning the judgment of those that have not heard the truth.
Matthew 13:18-23 "Hear you therefore the parable of the sower. When any one hears the word of [God] the kingdom, and does not understand it, then comes the wicked one, and takes away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. [
Those that never heard the word of God or understood] But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and anon [straight forward, true, sincere, straightway, immediately, forthwith] with joy receives it; Yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word [obeying Gods word], by and by he is offended [is embarrassed keeping Gods word]. [ Those that heard the word of God and understood but caved in to persecution or peer pressure] He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word [Cares more for the things of the world than pleasing God.], and he becomes unfruitful. "[Those that heard the word of God and understood but cared more for the pleasures of the world] But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, ..."[Those that heard the word of God and live according to it]
John 9:39-41 "And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not [Mislead concerning the truth.] might see; and that they which see might be made blind [Know the truth yet corrupt and twist it.]. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind [did not know the truth], ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see [But if you refuse to accept the truth when it is presented to you, your sin remains, you will not be forgiven.]; therefore your sin remains."
Romans 2:5-16 "But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasures up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that works good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." [The human nature, or ones conscious, has right and wrong built in, and if you have not heard the truth your judgment will be based on how you have followed your conscious.]
1 Corinthians 5:9-13 "I wrote unto you in an epistle not to keep company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must your needs go out of the world [Yet it is ok if it is in an effort to preach to them.]. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat [it is not ok to keep company with them if they already know the truth]. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not you judge them that are within?" [As Christians we are to judge those within the body beyond what is actual open sin.] But them that are without God judges. [God will judge those outside the body of believers on judgment day based upon their deeds in life.]
2 Corinthians 5:10 " For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
The judgment of the dead at the second resurrection?
Matthew 13:37-43 "He answered ..., He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one [those that do not follow the word of God]; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire [destroyed]; so shall it be in the end of this world [When the kingdom of God is finally established once and for all.]. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire [destroyed]: ..."
Matthew13:47-50 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire [Destroyed for ever.]: ..."
Mark 9:1 "... Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death [Speaking of the final death at the second resurrection.], till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power."
Revelation 17:8 "The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the pit of the deep and goes to destruction. And those dwelling on the earth, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, shall marvel [They don't just marvel, they follow after it] when they see the beast [The beast is a false religious organization.] that was, and is not, and yet is. Here is the mind having wisdom: "
Revelation 20:11-15 "And I saw a great white throne [This is after Christ has ruled for a 1000yrs, and is now handing over things to the Father.], and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire."
It appears from all the verses above, ALL have access to eternal life! ALL are called to come out of this evil world NOW! ALL have a right to the first resurrection! And those that have not heard the word will be judged based upon how they have acted in their lives.
To claim a second chance philosophy based on a few misquoted scriptures when there are far to many clear scriptures that refute the idea of a second chance is to give license to sin.
So now lets examine the following two scriptures that have caused the confusion, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, and John 6:44 in further detail.
1 Timothy 2:3-4 "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God and our Saviour; Who will2309 have all men to be saved, and to come into the knowledge of the truth." [The proper translation would be that the Lord desires, or wishes that all men would be saved, not that they will be!]
2309 = Either the first or the second form may be used. In certain tenses θελέω theleō thel-eh'-o (and ἐθέλέω etheleō eth-el-eh'-o) are used, which are otherwise obsolete; apparently strengthened from the alternate form of G138; to determine (as an active voice option from subjective impulse; whereas G1014 properly denotes rather a passive voice acquiescence in objective considerations), that is, choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication to wish, that is, be inclined to (sometimes adverbially gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism to delight in: - desire, be disposed (forward), intend, list, love, mean, please, have rather, (be) will (have, -ling, -ling (ly)).
John 6:44 "No man can1410 come to me, except3362 the Father which hath sent me draw1670 him: and I will raise him up at the last day." [The proper translation would most likely be, that no one is able to come to the Father unless the Father helps him along, which he does with the help of the spirit.]1410. dunamai doo'-nam-ahee of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible:--be able, can (do, + -not), could, may, might, be possible, be of power.
3361. me may a primary particle of qualified negation (whereas 3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverb) not, (conjunction) lest; also (as an interrogative implying a negative answer (whereas 3756 expects an affirmative one)) whether:--any but (that), X forbear, + God forbid, + lack, lest, neither, never, no (X wise in), none, nor, (can-)not, nothing, that not, un(-taken), without. Often used in compounds in substantially the same relations. See also 3362, 3363, 3364, 3372, 3373, 3375, 3378.
3362. ean me eh-an' may i.e. 1437 and 3361; if not, i.e. unless:--X before, but, except, if, no, (if, + whosoever) not.
1670. helkuo hel-koo'-o or helko hel'-ko; probably akin to 138; to drag (literally or figuratively):--draw. Compare 1667.
It ALL comes down to when a person hears the word, does he then accept and believe the word and then act on that belief? There is no special few only being called to God now.
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