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The Ultimate and Complete Triumph of God

September 10, 2014

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I believe implicitly in the ultimate and complete triumph of God, the time when all things shall be subject to Him and when God will be everything to everyone (I Corinthians 15:24-28). For me, this has certain consequences. If one man remains outside of the love of God at the end of time, it means that one man has defeated the love of God – and that is impossible. Further, there is only one way in which we can think of the triumph of our God. If God was no more than a king or judge, then it would be possible to speak of His triumph, if His enemies were agonizing in hell or were totally and completely obliterated and wiped out. But God is not only king and judge, God is Father – He is indeed Father more than anything else. No father could be happy while there were members of his family forever in agony. No father would count it a triumph to obliterate the disobedient members of his family. The only triumph a father can know is to have all of his family back home again.

William BarclayWilliam Barclay
A Spiritual Autobiography, pages 65-67
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Vengeance

September 10, 2014

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Recompense to no man evil for evil… Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay,” saith the Lord … Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:17-21).

God reserves all “vengeance” to Himself, not because wrathful revenge is a temper or quality that can have any place in the holy Deity, but because the holy supernatural Deity, being free from all of the properties of nature, whence partial love and hatred spring, and being in Himself nothing but an infinity of love, wisdom and goodness, He alone knows how to overrule the disorders of nature, that the highest good may be promoted by it.

William LawWilliam Law (1686-1761)
The Spirit of Love (1752)
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