PARABLE OF THE PRIEST AND THE CONGREGATION


"...and [they] said [or asked]:
'O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin,
and [consequently] wilt thou be wroth [forever?] with all the congregation?' "
                                                        (Num. 16:22)


            The above verse shows us that God casts not the SIN of the father upon his children, beyond the extent of the eons. This analogy types Adam as the Priest, who sinned and the rest of the human race is called 'the congregation'. It appears that the ultimate responsibility of "all" lies between the 'head of the congregation' and 'God' (Adam and Christ) and not with the congregation [i. e. 'all mankind']. Apparently, the question of the final destiny of all mankind is not a new one. The question is written in rhetorical form and has built into it the answer: "'Of course not, my wrath will not abide forever.' (Ps. 103: 9)  For, no one stays in Hell forever. (Rev. 20:13, Ps. 49:15  and Job 14:13) But, many of those unsaved will suffer 'age-lasting' separation, while the ones made righteous in Christ will immediately abide with Him during that intermediate state. (Php. 1:23) Salvation from Hell (Hades, the Grave, Sheol) surly is a responsibility of man, but this is quite different from the universal reconciliation of the All, which is the sole responsibility of Christ in overturning the Adamic curse upon men and the Cosmos. It was Adam who brought death upon ALL MANKIND within these eons.  Now, what does the Bible say that Jesus did to stay the wrath of His father from mankind? Jesus brought “…the free gift of life… upon ALL men unto the justification of life,”. (Romans 5:18) He “takes away the SIN of the world”. (Jn. 1: 29)  "It pleased the Father, that in Jesus, should ALL fullness dwell.” (Col.1:19),  which is to say that the promise to Abraham is to be fulfilled with "all things''...given to Christ. (Jn. 16:15)   We see, In Romans 5:19 that as ''the many became sinners'', even so, Christ came to take away that sin of  ''the many'' - the SIN of the world. This is the answer to the question put to God in the Book of Numbers, which tells us that God is not wroth forever with 'all mankind', because of one man's sin, as modern theologians suggest.  

            The majority of churches impress the issue that each man is responsible for his ultimate and final destiny, for they say the Bible teaches 'individual accountability or responsibility', and this may be true as to immediate destiny,  but the answer is a big fat no in the final reconciliation! Man may be responsible as to whether he goes to the grave or whether he goes to be immediately with Christ, and this is according to his intrinsic ability to 'hear the Gospel', 'hear the preacher', confess with the mouth (Rom. 10:9) and believe in his heart, that Jesus died and rose from the dead. But, the human has 'no say so' and nothing to do with the ultimate reconciliation of ALL for God draws ALL men unto Himself (Jn.12:32) so that every tongue will confessed and every knee will bent. (Rom. 14:11, Is. 45:23) For, it is God who ''filleth all in all'' (Eph.1:23), who ''worketh all in all'' (1 Cor. 12:6) and who works the All after His will (Eph.1:11), so He may be [seen as] the ALL in all. (1 Cor. 15:28) God has determined this great reconciliation of ALL His creation, and man will surly and freely bend to bow and be thankful for this.