Archive for May 2015

“All Men”

May 31, 2015

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The first passage which really caught my attention that God would be victorious in bringing His entire creation back to Himself was Romans 5:18.

Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came on all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came on all men to justification of life.

I noticed that the same “all men” on whom judgment came were the exact same “all men” on whom the free gift came. The first was produced by Adam, the second by Jesus Christ. The result of the first was “condemnation,” and the result of the second was “justification.”

What more could Paul say to reveal such an ultimate victory?

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Least to the Greatest

May 26, 2015

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For all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest (Hebrews 8:11).

“They shall all know me” (Jeremiah 31:34); not from the greatest to the least (this is that wisdom of the world which is foolishness with God); but “from the least to the greatest”; that the praise may not be of men, but of God.

Before the end, even the rich shall enter into the kingdom of God. Together with them will enter in the great, the noble, the honorable; yea, the rulers, the princes, the kings of the earth. Last of all, the wise and learned, the men of genius, the philosophers, will be convinced that they are fools, and will be “converted, and become as little children” (Matthew 8:3), and “enter into the kingdom of God.”

John WesleyJohn Wesley (1709-1791)
The General Spread of the Gospel, Sermon 63, 1872 edition

God Is Sovereign in All of the Affairs of Men

May 25, 2015

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Nebuchadnezzar was an earthly monarch which appeared to be a sovereign; but there is a Sovereign in heaven Who has all things under His control. Nebuchadnezzar would learn the great truth that,

the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whoever He will (Daniel 4:17, 25).

He does according to His will … among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stop His hand … (Daniel 4:35).

God’s sovereignty over all of the affairs of men – even those who appear to be “sovereign” – is taught throughout the Scriptures.

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turns it wherever He will (Proverbs 21:1).

In fact, it is God Who is the “… Great King over all the earth” (Psalm 47:2).

Regardless of what His creatures may assert, the God of Scripture is the all-wise, all-powerful Sovereign of His Own universe. He is not a god who, somehow, has lost control of his creation.

Rest in that.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Accentuating God’s Glory

May 24, 2015

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Having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven (Colossians 1:20).

God made this statement long before that will be done, nearly two thousand years ago, and all has not been reconciled yet. But this was the purpose that God set out to perform before He created the eons. Nothing is going to prevent Him from finishing it. He isn’t going to have to stop and say, “Well, I have at least saved a few million beings, but the rest, well, I tried so hard to save them and want them to be reconciled but they wouldn’t.”

If God would do this He would be admitting His failure, for His intention is to reconcile all. What a miserable God that would be. But that isn’t the kind of God the Scripture sets forth. The very fact that things are in such a condition during the eons is going to accentuate God’s glory when He shall finish and fulfill His purpose to reconcile ALL to Himself.

Dirk W. Venlet
Faith Fellowship (Vol. 60, No. 1)


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