I am a believer in Universal Reconciliation. It seems that those of us who believe in UR see the same ulitmate outcome for the entirety of mankind; however, there are some nuances regarding the order of things. For example, some believe that God’s punishment (correction) upon the unrighteous will occur after the resurrection. This is similar to traditional teaching in which Christ will return, all are resurrected, judged, and then punished or rewarded appropriately. However, it seems to me that some scriptures seem to point to a different order of things. Here are a couple of examples…
1 Cor 15:26
The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
Here we are told that when death is destroyed (the resurrection), Christ has no more enemies. If so, who would need to be punished or corrected? Also, in this entire chapter it seems that Paul is attempting to tell us the order of things, yet there is no mention of a great assembly for judgment and punishment following the resurrection. It seems odd that if such was to be the case Paul didn’t list it here.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.
Here Paul says that the creation (mankind) must wait their resurrection until after the Sons of God (those led by God’s Spirit) are revealed (resurrected). So Paul again is giving us the order of things. But here also there is no mention of a great assembly or punishment for the disobedient. It says that the creation will be “delivered from the bondage of corruption” (ressurected) and share the same glorious liberty with the Sons of God.
Based on these things, it seems to me that the destruction, punishment, correction which awaits the unrepentant must find its fulfillment prior to the resurrection. Any thoughts?