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No Endless Pain

June 16, 2015

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You may think it a passing fancy
But since I was a child of ten
I have hated that awful doctrine
That taught unending pain for men.

I could never believe in heaven
Being a place of joy and peace,
While thousands and thousands suffer
In a hell that’ll never cease.

Oh, my God is a God of mercy.
He is a God of justice too.
But the frightful stain of endless sin,
I could never believe it true.

Father in heaven, forgive them,
Who teach such crime as true.
In Thy kindness remember that
They too “know not what they do.”

R.H. Judd, Faith Fellowship, Vol. 60, No. 1
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All Humanity

June 7, 2015

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God’s love and care for humanity is so great that, He, the “Savior of all men” (I Timothy 4:10), has assured that they are eternally cared for through the Son of His Love, Who, as His provision, is the “Savior of the world” (John 4:42).

All that were lost in the first Adam will be restored in the last Adam. None of His creation will be eternally lost.

The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a life-giving spirit (I Corinthians 15:45).

By the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life (Romans 5:18).

God, and God alone, will see to salvation’s full and complete accomplishment for “every man” – all in God’s own timing – “every man in his own order” (I Corinthians 15:22-23).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

God’s Word Operates

June 4, 2015

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The Word of God is living and operative (Hebrews 4:12). It always prospers in accord with God’s desire (Isaiah 55:11). When God said, “Let light come to be!” light did in fact come to be (Genesis 1:3). Consequently, we may be assured that when God says, through His chosen apostle to the nations, that He will become “All in All” (I Corinthians 15:28), this will indeed become so. And when He says, concerning us, who are believing His evangel concerning His Son, that God prefers us from the beginning for salvation (II Thessalonians 2:13), we may be certain that this special salvation (cf. I Timothy 4:10) will be fully enjoyed, even as it is enjoyed in spirit today as we are believing (cf. Ephesians 1:13-14; I Thessalonians 1:5). Believing what God says to us concerning the good He has achieved and that will be realized through the death, entombment and resurrection of Christ has powerful effects on us in our lives. It is a message of power, bringing grace and peace.

Dean HoughDean H. Hough
Unsearchable Riches Magazine
Volume 98, Number 6

The Exact Same “All”

June 3, 2015

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For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive (I Corinthians 15:22).

This is another of the early verses that captured my heart and attention to the fact that God would be victorious in bringing His entire creation back to Himself. I saw that the “all” who die in Adam are the EXACT SAME “all” who will be made alive in Christ Jesus. I realized that the passage did not say what I thought it meant, that “all who are ‘in Christ’ shall be made alive.” I saw that it said, “even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” I found my heart rejoicing! Paul was teaching that God will have the ultimate victory in winning His whole creation back to Himself.

I slowly began to realize that what Paul was teaching was that the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ was for every man – not potentially, but effectually.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Christ Is Greater than Adam

June 3, 2015

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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 (Romans 5:18.)

Christ’s work on Calvary is greater than Adam’s “fall.” All of God’s creation will be gloriously saved by the successful work of “the Savior of the world” (John 4:42).

Salvation is not dependent on us at all. Salvation is ALL about Christ and His work alone. Paul taught that the exact same “all” who are condemned in Adam are the exact same “all” who are justified in Christ (Romans 5:18); and that the exact same “all” who die in Adam are the exact same “all” who are “made alive” in Christ (I Corinthians 15:22). What a victorious Savior we have!

Christianity has an Adam that is greater than Christ; however, it is Christ who is greater than Adam.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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