Some wonder if it is possible for sin to start again in God’s Universe after the final judgment. What does the Bible say about that? The Lord assures His children that after the final judgment and the eradication of sinners, the devil and his angels, sin will never be manifest again in the Universe. The Lord promised, “Affliction shall not rise up the second time” (Nahum 1:9).
Satan’s lies exposed forever
At the end of the great conflict between good and evil, the Universe will see Satan’s lying charges against God in their true light. Satan had charged God of injustice against His creatures (John 8:44). But after the sin experiment, it will be seen that for the redemption of a fallen beings, the Creator of the universe had made the highest sacrifice which love could make. For “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself” (2 Corinthians 5:19). Also, it will be seen, that while Lucifer had opened the door for the entrance of sin by his desire for honor and supremacy (Isaiah 14:13,14), Christ had, in order to destroy sin, humbled Himself and become obedient unto death (Philippians 2:8).
All heaven will see God’s mercy and justice revealed, both in the judgment of the devil and in the salvation of man. The devil had declared that if the law of God was changeless, and its penalty could not be paid, every sinner must be forever expelled from God’s favor (Revelation 12:10b). And he had claimed that the sinful race was beyond redemption and therefore his legal victim (Romans 5:12-21).
Christ’s death revealed God’s infinite love
But the death of the Son of God revealed the Father’s matchless love. Christ received the penalty of man’s sin. And man was free to accept the righteousness of Christ and live a life of victory over sin as Christ did (1 John 4:4). Thus, the Father justifies all who believe and walk in the footsteps of Christ (Romans 3:26).
But it was not merely to accomplish the redemption of mankind that Christ died (John 316). He also came to “magnify the law” and to “make it honorable” (Isaiah 42:21). Further, it was not for the world only to see but it was to show all the worlds in the universe that God’s law is unchangeable. Could its claims have been set aside, then the Son of God need not have given up His life to atone for its disobedience (Matthew 5:17,18).
The death of Christ proves the law unchangeable. And the sacrifice to which infinite love driven the Father and the Son, that sinners might be save, demonstrates to all the universe—what nothing less than this plan of redemption could have sufficed to do—that justice and mercy are the foundation of government of God (Psalm 89:14). Thus, the cross of Calvary, while it declares the law immutable, proclaims to the universe that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
At the cross, the great controversy through the ages between good and evil was then decided, and the final extermination of evil was made certain. The Son of God passed through the portals of the grave, that “through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). Lucifer’s desire for self-exaltation led him to say: “I will be like the Most High.” But God declares to him: “I brought fire from your midst…And (you) shall be no more forever” (Isaiah 14:13, 14; Ezekiel 28:18, 19).
The whole universe will become witnesses to the nature and results of sin. And its utter termination, which in the beginning would have brought fear to angels and dishonor to God, but will now vindicate God’s love and establish His honor before the universe of beings who delight to do His will.
Evil will never again be manifest. The law of God, which Satan has reproached as the yoke of bondage, will be honored as the law of liberty. And a tested and proved creation will never again be turned from allegiance to Him whose character has been fully manifested before them as infinitely loving and wise (John 3:16). Then, every knee shall bow down and with great gratitude praise the Lord for His matchless love (Philippians 2:10,11; Romans 14:11).
In His service,
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