Archive for January 2009

Framework of Mercy and Grace

January 26, 2009

Yes, He is holy; yes, He is a righteous Judge. But He always exercises these attributes within the framework of His mercy and grace.

Charles Stanley
A Gift of Love (2001) page 15

Will Sin Always Reign?

January 26, 2009

Has sin reigned in God’s creation? It most certainly has! Will it always reign, sealing forever the wretched fate of billions of God’s children, forever marring and ruining His most precious handiwork? No! It will not! For where sin has reigned and to the extent it has increased, so grace will conquer and reign, increasing far beyond the regions and influence of sin, eventually finding and restoring each and every lost sheep, clothing us all in the very brightness of His glory forever!

Regardless of all the judgment passages in the Bible and all the metaphors and Eastern images that have been forced to bear the false burden of eternal torment, there is a truth that rises above them all, a glorious destiny and precious reality which they all serve. GOD IS LOVE AND LOVE NEVER FAILS! (I John 4:16; I Corinthians 13:8).

All His mighty attributes and perfections, all His fearful judgments and wrath are but servants and ministers of His love that will one day bring His family home, not missing even one, to be perfectly holy and happy, united and free, forever and ever!

Allan E. Chevrier
Whatever Became of Melanie? (2005)

Lord of All

January 26, 2009

He is Lord of all – over the living and the dead – whether or not they recognize Him as Lord. Christian and pagan alike will one day confess His total ownership of all (Romans 14:11). He is Lord of all men by creation. The heavens and the earth and all they contain (including you and me) are His …

Your destiny in not in your hands, it lies in the hands of Jesus Christ, Lord of all, Who loves you and gave Himself of you.

Charles Stanley
A Gift of Love (2001) page 109

The Salvation of All and Our Special Salvation

January 26, 2009

All will eventually be saved because the Lord Jesus Christ tasted “death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9). The consequences of Christ’s death for our sins are as follows: “If one died for all, then were all dead” (II Corinthians 5:14); and “he that is dead is freed from sin” (Romans 6:7). “We were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life” (Romans 5:10). As the chosen of God, to whom faith has graciously been granted, we are “now justified by His blood” and, “we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:9).

Since God “will have all men to be saved” (I Timothy 2:4), “is the Saviour of all men” (I Timothy 4:10), is working “all things after the counsel of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11), it being the case that the Lord Jesus Christ “gave Himself a ransom for all” (I Timothy 2:6), therefore, all mankind will eventually be saved, it being explicitly affirmed that “as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive … The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death … that God may be All in all” (I Corinthians 15:22, 26, 28).

We who are presently saved are saved because we “are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). We have been ordained and appointed to God’s special salvation.[1] This is so, “that in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). For this we have been chosen “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4), by Him “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began” (II Timothy 1:9).

[1]“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:9); “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe” (I Timothy 4:10); “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48).

Adapted from The Consequences of the Cross
James R. Coram
Unsearchable Riches (2006)
Volume XCVII, Number 3, pp. 123-124

Limitless Grace

January 26, 2009

Grace is amazing because it is limitless. God’s grace can never be exhausted. Regardless of the vileness or number of our sins, His grace is always sufficient. It can never be depleted; it can never be measured. He always gives His grace in fullness.

Charles Stanley
A Gift of Love (2001) page 9

Grace Is Stronger than Sin

January 25, 2009

The notion of the popular creed, (i.e., that God is in the Bible detailing the story of His own defeat, how sin has proved too strong for Him), seems wholly unfounded. Assuredly the Bible is not the story of sin, deepening into eternal ruin, of God’s Son, worsted in His utmost effort. It is from the opening to the close the story of grace stronger than sin – of life victorious over every form of death – of God triumphant over evil.

Thomas Allin (1835-1908)
Christ Triumphant

A Simple Argument for the Salvation of All

January 25, 2009

Suppose that Christ commanded that we love our enemies and love our neighbor even as we love ourselves because such love is an essential condition of blessedness or supreme happiness. If this is true, as I believe it is, then God could not possibly bring blessedness to one person without also bringing it to all.

Here is why. If I truly love my daughter even as I love myself, then her interests and my own are so tightly interwoven as to be logically inseparable: any good that befalls her is then a good that befalls me, and any evil that befalls her is likewise an evil that befalls me. I could never be happy, for example, knowing that my daughter is suffering or in a miserable condition – unless, of course, I could somehow believe that all will be well for her in the end. But if I cannot believe this, if I were to believe instead that she had been lost to me forever – even if I were to believe that, by her own will, she had made herself intolerably evil – my own happiness could never be complete. For I would always know what could have been, and I would always experience this as a terrible tragedy and an unacceptable loss, one for which no compensation is even conceivable. Is it any wonder, then, that Paul could say concerning his unbelieving brothers and sisters whom he loved so much, “For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people” (Romans 9:3)? From the perspective of his love, in other words, Paul’s own damnation would be no worse an evil, and no greater threat to his own happiness, than the eternal damnation of his loved ones would be.

God could make us “happy” whilst our loved ones suffered in hell only in two possible ways: either by concealing from us the magnitude of the tragedy (blissful ignorance), or by giving us a callous and stony heart, so that we no longer truly loved those who were lost. Both of these possibilities, however, are incompatible with true blessedness. So in the end, it is logically impossible for God to bring blessedness to one person without also bringing it to all

Thomas Talbott
The Inescapable Love of God

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