Inclusionism is Not Foreshadowed in the Old Testament
We see many types and shadows of Christ in the Old Testament. If “Inclusion / Universalism” is the gospel, we would see it clearly portrayed in these “types and shadows” that actually portray the future work of Christ. The apostle Paul preached and taught the new covenant gospel from the Old Testament.
For example, Noah’s Ark is an obvious type of Christ. If Inclusion / Universalism is the gospel, then “all” of humanity would have gotten into the Ark. Instead, the only people who are there are just those who believed what Noah preached. When the snakes and vipers attacked the Jews in the desert, under God’s instructions, Moses raised up a brass serpent on a pole; another very obvious type of Christ on the cross. But the only people that were saved, were those that looked and believed at the brass serpent.
If “Inclusion / Universalism” is the gospel, then “all” would have been saved whether they believed or not. Another example of being in Christ is the “Promised Land.” If “Inclusion / Universalism” is the gospel “all” would have made it to the Promised Land and no unbelievers would have died in the wilderness at all.
Finally, if “Inclusion / Universalism” is the gospel, Jesus would have taken both thieves to Paradise, not just the one who believed. In all these examples, the only people who are saved are only those who believed. God has always related to man by faith and He boldly declares that He has never changed.
If Inclusion / Universalism is true, than it means that God has changed in a very fundamental way. The invitation to get into Noah’s Ark was extended to “all” but not everyone believed. The brass serpent was raised up for everyone’s healing but not everyone was healed, only those who believed. The Promise Land was given to “all” of Israel, but not all of Israel made it to the Promised Land, only those who believed. There is a pattern here that God is showing us “all”, and that is that grace is useless without faith.
President at Word of Life World Outreach
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