Archive for August 2016

What Is Punishment?

August 28, 2016

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“Punishment” is a word I have come to hate, for men have so fearfully misused it of God’s operations. Once we see that all of God’s dealings are with a view to the eventual reconciliation of all, the idea of punitive retribution, introduced by corrupt theology, will become abhorrent. We must remember that the object of all of God’s operations are rooted in love and fruited in reconciliation. If God is love, He cannot be orthodox. Before there can be a universal reconciliation, each one must be set right with God, and this is accomplished at the judging. Such indeed is the true meaning of judgment.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
The Problem of Evil, pages 231-236
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Mercy upon All

August 12, 2016

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For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all (Romans 11:32).

God is in all this – every bit of it – the evil as well as the good. He shuts us up in unbelief, that He may have mercy on us, so when folks walk Satan’s way, they are being taken that way by a God who has designs of mercy on them.

Norman GrubbNorman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Notes from Norman
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I Will Draw All Men unto Me

August 9, 2016

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And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me (John 12:32).

Therefore, if “all men” are to be drawn to Him, His words await their perfect fulfillment. The present age of grace does not exhaust the possibilities of His power, for, as the grand Executor of God’s will, glorious work awaits the Son of God in ages yet unrolled.

Remembering, too, that God, as the Savior of all men (I Timothy 4:9-11), wills all humanity to be saved (I Timothy 2:4) by virtue of Christ’s kingly ransom for all (I Timothy 2:6), we should glory in redemption so amazingly complete.

In thinking of such vastness of grace, we must distinguish between the immediate and the ultimate, between development and completion. Now is the fragmentary, then the complete. His way is perfect, His will supreme. May it be ours to wait patiently for Him, that your hearts and intellects will rest in His ability to bring to glad fulfillment the operations of His majestic will.

William Mealand (1873-1957)
Birmingham, England
Unsearchable Riches (1917), Volume 9
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A Trip to Hell and Back

August 2, 2016

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Did you realize that Jonah went to “hell” (King James Version) and got out? That’s right – he went straight to the womb or “belly of hell” (Jonah 2:2, KJV) and then God brought him back again! These words come directly from a version that many people consider to be very authoritative. Jonah 2:2 “… out of the belly of hell cried I …” and 2:6 “… Thou brought up my life from corruption, O Lord my God.”

Jonah chapter two proves that whatever “hell” in the King James Version may be, it is a place where God gets people out, as in the case of Jonah (2:6).

Whatever “hell” really is, its door outward is open to ultimate salvation.

George Howe
The Ultimate Reconciliation of All
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