When I believed in ECT I of course interpreted the phrase “prepared for the devil and his angels” by telling others that God never intended for humans to go to hell; after all, it was designed for the devil and his angels. God “sadly” let them choose to go. I guess it was a pretty mixed up combination of arminian and calvinism (I was a staunch 5 pointer) there!
I was reflecting on this phrase, and passage, and had a thought; When Jesus said “prepared”, what did he mean? Prepared why? Perhaps when he says
“Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire **prepared **for the devil and his angels.”
he means that the fire was prepared by God for the devil’s reconciliation. Prepared in order to destroy the sin of the devil and his angels. In other words, God always planned to deal with the sin problem in them as well as humans. This would certainly seem to bolster Paul in Col 1 talking about the reconciliation of all things. To think that God loved even the devil and his angels too much to leave them the way they are! What a staggering amazing God we serve!
Anyway, with my belief in UR now, it fits wonderfully with God’s purpose and love. It would also fit very well with Lefein’s recent post on the John the Baptist’s prophecy about the baptism in the lake of fire.