Jesus spoke in Luke 19:27 of his enemies. While many will very quickly jump to the conclusion that Jesus spoke of disobedient unsaved sinners, you may want to keep that horse in the barn. I must remind you Jesus specifically stated he did not come here to condemn or judge sinners. No, Jesus said he came here to save all the sinners of the world. So his use of the word enemies cannot be directed at people or any group of people. As he said:
Luke 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
The word that defines this verse is "enemies." Jesus made this a personal reference in specifically calling them his enemies. The word enemy means "to hate, hateful, hostile as in adversary or enemy." So who are the enemies or adversaries of God? The answer is not the people of this parable that were not willing to be obedient. The reason is God stated His intent to slay these enemies or to bring them to a specific ending. So I have pulled some verses for you to see where this word “enemies” was used and hopefully you can see the transition from separated to reconciled. Equally important to see the word “enemies” was directed toward two entities not people. What enemies was delaying Jesus’ reign over mankind? The answer is only sin and death.
Heb 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;
Heb 10:13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
Heb 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever (them that are) sanctified.
(Note the words lightened were incorrectly added and not in the original text so there was no spoken limitation to the saved only)
Rom 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
(Note how the word reconciled is equated with being saved)
Col 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
Col 1:21 and you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
(Note the word translated "cross" incorrectly in verse 20 comes from the Greek word meaning a stake or post as an instrument that represents capital punishment. A condemned prisoner had to carry to his death a single small beam of wood on his shoulders through the streets as part of his condemnation. Jesus was neither hung on a cross nor did he carry a cross through the streets. A condemnation board is not a cross)
So the enemies then are not people at all. All people will be reconciled and saved so who then are the enemies to be slain? The Scriptures clearly answer this question for us:
1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
So death is the last enemy destroyed. The word death is the absence of life so to understand the Biblical meaning of death one needs to see it as the absence of life.
Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Death (absence of life) and Hades (place of the dead NOT the pagan place called hell) are both cast into the Lake of Fire. Paganism has influenced Christianity to think the Lake of Fire is eternal damnation for the lost. WRONG. The very words you so love to quote tell you the answer in "whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life" are thrown into the Lake of Fire. Every man, woman and child, every living thing are all recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life. Why? Simply God's breath gave life where there was no life and that giving of life is recorded in the Book. The Lamb’s Book of Life records who Jesus came to save – everyone! It is just simply unbelievable how many Christians falsely teach this Book records when you did something to be saved. Go look it up yourself in the Scriptures. Everyone alive is recorded no exceptions. Yes, the Book of Life is not a New Testament Book but clearly from the Scriptures in both Old and New Testaments it records the Breath of Life that makes us alive and not some potential decision of man.
The ending of creation is the elimination of sin and death. God has fulfilled His promise to end sin and death, all the curses upon mankind and creation and the best of all reconciling all unto His eternal salvation!! We will all be there that wonderful day as God has prepared a very special table in the presence of our enemies - sin and death. What a wonderful blessing for all to be at the Lord’s Supper Table and witness the eternal destruction of sin and death. Best of all, God saved us all for just this moment and we will dwell in the House of the Lord, the New Heavens and the New Earth, forever and ever!
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