Q. I have a question regarding those who have died without hearing the gospel. While I believe that God will do what is right and just, I did run across a strange (to me) article that used scripture to try to prove that after the millennium Christ will give these newly resurrected people the chance to be saved. The writer of the article used 1Cor 15:22 and Rev 20:5 as a basis for this belief. I read both, actually both chapters to try to get the context, but could not. Can you see anything in these verses that would make the writer believe that those throughout the history of the world who died without hearing about Christ will be raised to life after the millennium and be given an opportunity to accept salvation?
A. The reason you couldn’t see the writer’s position in those references is that it’s not there. 1 Cor. 15:22 says that Adam’s sin brought death to us all but the Lord’s death brought us life, and Rev. 20:5 says that unbelievers who die will be brought back to life at the end of the millennium to face their judgment. This is explained in greater detail in Rev. 20:11-15.
As you say, God is just (1 John 1:9). He saves all who believe and condemns all who reject Him (John 3:18). Hebrews 9:27 says we’re given one lifetime to decide and after that we face judgment. There’s no mention anywhere in the Bible of a second chance after we die. Therefore there can’t be any who didn’t get a first one. Otherwise God could not be just.