A MESSAGE TO NON-CHRISTIANS SEEKING THE TRUTH
TAKEN FROM SAVIOR OF THE WORLD WEB SITE
BY: BRAD EDWARDS
I believe that God is the Father of all mankind and of all religions. I believe that He created mankind in His glorious image and likeness. I believe that His plan is to express Himself in us. I believe that every being that God made in His own image and then brought into this world will be saved by God Himself. I believe that no matter how evil or how stubborn some may appear, they are not beyond healing and restoration from the Great Physician who knew before He created us exactly what it would take to save us. God will save us from our wretched darkness and despair with His overpowering love in Christ. Christ is not simply one man, but EVERY man!
I believe this Love of God may not always feel good, but is ALWAYS for our own good. I believe that ALL searches for the Truth lead to God. I believe that ALL are born in darkness and sin. I believe that He purposed us to fall into sin so that we may die to it and this world. God created us to overcome the physical world, so that we may be brought up to a higher existence in Him. I believe the first man to do this was Jesus the Christ (anointed)- the first born of many! God created all that is seen and unseen through this expression of Himself, which is Christ- the Logos. Jesus was the man chosen to find and show the world Christ. Christ is the light of EVERY man that comes into the world. It is through Christ that ALL mankind will be saved.
Christ is our true life and at the center of all true religions. All religion including Christianity are shadows of the Truth from God. Christ is the pure light, but religions are the colors man adds. Everyone who seeks God will receive no matter what religion the world has clothed them in. Our God and Father of ALL gives good gifts to those who seek Him and His truth. In other words, the Truth can be found, in part, in every major religion of man. All truth seekers around the world are discovering a GREAT TRUTH! They are discovering what Jesus means. “Jesus” means “GOD SAVES!” Jesus was God’s Word made flesh. All who do God’s Word are also! All who seek the Truth will be brought to this Cornerstone of salvation. All will come to realize that we are nothing apart from God and everything in Him. So in a very spiritual way, many of all religious backgrounds on their search for the Truth come to know the reality of “JESUS” or God saves! Some Christians may say, “if those pagans of other religions don’t hear about Jesus or hear and THEN don’t accept our beliefs, they are doomed to an eternal hell.” This kind of thinking breaks my heart! This thinking comes from ignorance and deception of who Christ is! Christ is all in all. Until we realize this we will never love our neighbor as our self. These carnal Christians who shut the door on salvation do not know not the power or love of God!
There are many faults to this carnal logic. First, Jesus is not a man of flesh anymore, but we are to know Him as a Life-giving Spirit. We are to know no man by his flesh, but by his spirit. Many so-called “Christians” know ABOUT the man Jesus, but have not known the CHRIST, the Life-giving Spirit of sonship from God! In the same way, I believe, many know Christ within, but they may have no carnal knowledge of that Jewish man who walked around Jerusalem. What they do have is the love of Christ in their hearts and the realization that they depend completely on God for life! Which is better? To know OF Jesus Christ in your carnal mind or rely ON CHRIST Jesus in your spirit? I am afraid many so-called Christians have only a religion where they try to “BE GOOD” in the flesh and not a REALIZATION of the transforming life of Christ in their soul. We must understand that Christ Jesus is not a Jew sent to earth for only the Jews and Christians to follow. He is the the beginning of God’s kingdom! Any who do God’s will are co-heirs with him in this kingdom!
Jesus the Christ is God’s Son, and a Seed of God. He died like a Seed that His Kind may spread over the earth – MULTIPLY! God is raising up sons in Jesus Christ to be EXACTLY like Him and within Him, Jesus Christ who is the Head of the great body that our God is creating to express Himself. Understand that “Christ” isn’t a last name for Jesus. Jesus means GOD SAVES and Christ means “ANOINTED.” To be in Christ is to be ANOINTED by GOD. This isn’t simply a matter of believing- even the demons believe. We must believe that Christ is OUR life! The life we lead is a false life. Who we think we are is a false self. Our true life and self are found in Christ and are Christ. Humanity is the body of Christ being resurrected!
God’s purpose is to bring His Kingdom and will to earth. God’s chosen are from ALL religions for various purposes. I believe that God chose the Jews to further His purpose. They were given the Law of death. It brought condemnation and death, but now Christ Jesus brings righteousness and LIFE to all mankind! There is freedom in Christ from the Law and from Death!
While Christians may deny it, the Bible is merely one of MANY inspired writings of men and women. God inspires truth seekers of EVERY religion to write about Him and his Truth. God is not contained in one particular religion and does not live in churches – not even Christian churches. The temples which God desires to live in are US! This has been God’s will from the beginning, but mankind must grow in understanding, love and faith which come from God. We are learning to depend completely on our Father for complete life. As was planned by God, Jesus Christ was the first to overcome this world and sin. He has opened the door to the Kingdom of God. It is now possible to be in union with God by Christ the life-giving Spirit dwelling in us.
COL 3:7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8] But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9] Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10] and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11] Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Our spirits are dead until Christ is born in us. Each man has the Seed of Christ in them. By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, Christ is born in our hearts and God’s life grows in us! Christ will continue to grow and mature until we become sons of God like Jesus Christ- the Forerunner for mankind.
GAL 3:26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27] for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29] If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Christ Jesus is waiting to be born in all according to God’s will. We are brought to life (saved) by God’s grace through the faith of Jesus Christ. Because of God’s love for us, His Son died so that we could have God’s life in us. So whether you believe this or not, God is still your Creator, Father and Savior. ALL will come to know the Truth; and ALL will repent; and ALL will turn to God for salvation; and ALL will be saved by God who is the savior of all men.
TIM 4:9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance 10] (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of ALL men, and especially of those who believe.
God accomplishes this through Jesus Christ who is the “first born from the dead.” Our invisible God is expressed through Christ and through us – one by one and eventually through all of creation so that God may be ALL in ALL.
1CO 15:20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21] For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22] For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23] But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24] Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25] For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26] The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27] 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. 28] When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
God will be ALL and in ALL. There is no question about it! God will reveal His Truth and Life to everyone in due time. ALL mankind is from one mold – Adam. Like the first man, ALL of us will die. As certain as this is, so is the fact that the same ALL that dies because of sin is the same ALL that will be made ALIVE by and in Christ! There are only TWO kinds of human beings – the first Adam (carnally-minded man) and the Last Adam (the Christ). The whole corporate body of the first Adam (mankind) will be brought to Life by God in Body of Christ – the Last Adam. God’s overpowering love in Christ will overthrow sin, death and the works of the devil. God will bring ALL of creation back into loving subjection to Him. Praise Him all you children!
His peace and understanding be with you,
MESSAGE TO NON-CHRISTIANS SEEKING THE TRUTH, A [Brad Edwards] 1