The words of Jehovah God: “Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine. The soul who sins will die” (Ez. 18:4). In other words, Jehovah is saying: As the souls are mine, I kill those that sin. This can be proven by the words of the priest Eli as he rebuked his sons Hophni and Phinehas: “If one man sins against another, God will mediate for him; but if a man sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him? BUT THEY WOULD NOT LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF THEIR FATHER, FOR THE LORD DESIRED TO PUT THEM TO DEATH” (1 Sam. 2:25).
When did Jehovah declare that all souls belonged to him? These words were spoken a long time after Adam was sent out of the Garden of Eden, and a long time before the death of Christ in the cross to redeem sinners. Which was the situation of the souls that lived since the times of Adam until Jesus Christ? Paul reveals in Rom. 5:17 that they were all dead, and Jesus confirms it when a young man, which wanted to follow him, asked him permission to go bury his father first: “And another of the disciples said to Him; ‘Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, Follow Me; and allow the dead to bury their own dead’” (Matt. 8:21,22). John said that whoever believed in Jesus had passed from death to life (John 5:24).
If these souls were dead, how did Jehovah declare that they belonged to him? Is it because Jehovah is the God of the dead? I refuse to believe in this blasphemy, but it is Jehovah who speaks of himself as the owner of the dead souls.
In the New Testament, we read that Jesus bought the souls with his precious blood (1 Cor. 6:20 and 1 Pet. 1:18,19). If Jesus is Jehovah, did he buy them from himself? Did he redeem them from his own hands? The Apostle Paul tells us that the work of Christ is to deliver men from the devil (Acts 10:38; 26:18). We understand by the Bible that Jesus bought and redeemed them from someone wicked. Since Jehovah stated that the souls belonged to him, Jesus could not have bought them, only delivered them. Someone buys that which does not belong to him or her. If Jehovah is the Father, Jesus bought them from the Father for the Father? How could Jesus buy from the devil that which belongs to Jehovah? If I buy from Peter the car that belongs to John, I was sold a bill of goods. Paul further says that all creation is subjected to futility, and that creatures will be set free from corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God (Rom. 8:20,21). Did souls belong to Jehovah while they were still slaves in captivity to corruption?
John, in his gospel, teaches that, in order for us to be children of God, we have to accept Christ as Savior, and that the ones who were born of flesh and blood are not the children of God (John 1:12, 13).All the souls, which Jehovah declares to be his, have not received Jesus as their savior, and they were born of the flesh and of the blood; and Paul reveals that flesh and blood are corruptible, in 1 Cor.15:50. As it is, declaring that all souls are his, Jehovah is saying that corruption belongs to him, for the blood is the soul. “So when any man from the sons of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, in hunting catches a beat or a bird which may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth. For as the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life” (Lev. 17:13,14).
So, we see that the souls, corrupt by nature, could not belong to the Father or to Jesus Christ, but belonged to Jehovah. And Jesus bought them for himself and for his Father, pouring his blood in the cross. The Bible says that all are sinners, in Rom. 5:12, and maintains that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, in Rom. 3:23; and does Jehovah say that all souls are his? In Ps. 24:1 we read that the world and those who live in it belong to Jehovah. This is unbelievable, but Jehovah declares himself to be the owner of the dead souls and the owner of sinners fallen short of the glory of God!
Jesus, says Paul, came to save the sinners who belonged to Jehovah (1 Tim. 1:15). It is evident that these sinners were not of Jesus or of the Father, for John says that whoever sins, has never seen Him or known Him (1 John 3:5,6). Christ came to set captives free, we read in Luke 4:18,19. If they were captives, how did Jehovah allow it, and how did he asseverate that they all belonged to him?
How could all souls belong to Jehovah, if a great number of souls are children of the devil? “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies” (John 8:44).
John said, in relation to Jesus, “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds, to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment” (John 5:28,29).
If the largest part is condemned, because they are children of the devil, God could not say: All souls are mine. Let us listen again to what John says, “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: any one who does not practice righteousness IS NOT OF GOD” (1John 3:10). But we who believe in Jesus Christ belong to God the Father, because we were bought with the precious blood of his only begotten Son.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira