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How Many Has the Father Given Jesus?

October 18, 2017

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Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession (Psalm 2:8).

We find by reference to the language of the Psalmist that Jesus, as a moral ruler, is in possession of all things or all men.

The Father loveth the Son and hath given all things into His hand (John 3: 35).

Now Jesus positively declares,

All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out (John 6:37).

How many had the Father given him? ALL.

Then ALL will finally come to Christ.

Jesus continues in the following verses,

For I came down from heaven not to do Mine own will but the will of Him that sent Me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day (:38-40).

Here then we see, first, Christ in possession of all men. Second, all are to come to Him. Third, He will lose none which God hath given Him; but, fourth, will raise them up at the last day. And what is all this but Universalism?

Dr. George W. Quinby (1810-1884)
The Salvation of Christ, or a Brief Exposition and Defense of Universalism
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George Washington Quinby, D.D. (Bates College) was a minister, author, editor and publisher. His Universalist periodicals included The Star in the West, Trumpet and Freeman, and Gospel Banner. He conducted his expansive work in Maine (North Yarmouth, Livermore, Saco and Augusta), Massachusetts (Taunton), Ohio (Cincinnati) and Connecticut (Bridgeport and Middletown).

An Unforgettable Account

October 17, 2017

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I’ll never forget the first time that I read Jackson Roddy’s account of how he came to understand the grace of God; it impressed on me a different “evangelism” than the salesmanship training that I had been exposed to in my early years.

So thrilled was I, those many years ago, to read those words from Jackson Roddy, that I have regularly recalled and reread them, even to this day. During these passing years I would also come to a clearer and clearer understanding of what the gospel was (the true “evangel”), and how far-reaching God’s plan for His creation went – that He may be “All in all” (I Corinthians 15:28).

The truth is that we’re not trying to get anyone to do anything. God already has done it all. True evangelism is simply living and sharing all that God has done. God uses His own work in Christ to activate His called. How simple to be merely a channel of God’s goodness and grace. This is not a process of some decisional regeneration, but of God graciously granting faith by the hearing of His Word (Romans 10:17).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
To read a portion of Jackson Roddy’s account see Bible Student’s Notebook #654
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Can We Blame Them?

October 16, 2017

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And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hades: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day (Matthew 11:23).

Why, then, were those mighty works not done? Is it not the will of God that none should perish, but that all should come, through repentance, unto life? Does not He Himself plead with men, saying, “Why will ye die?” (cf. Ezekiel 18:31; 33:11). Yet the Lord Jesus, Who knew what might have been as well as what had been, solemnly declares that even the guilty inhabitants of Sodom and of Tyre and Sidon would have been brought to repentance and life had they witnessed the mighty works wrought in the favored cities of Galilee! Why were they not permitted to witness them, then? Can we blame them; will God condemn them, and condemn them to an eternal death or an eternal misery, because they did not see what they could not see, because they did not repent, when the very means which would infallibly have induced repentance were not vouchsafed them?

Samuel Cox (1826-1893)
Salvator Mundi
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Salvator Mundi: Is Christ the Savior of All Men?

by — Samuel Cox (1826-1893)

(New Enlarged Type Edition) “Salvator Mundi” means “Savior of the World.” First published in 1877, the main object of this book is to encourage those who “faintly trust the larger hope” to commit themselves to it wholly and fearlessly, by showing them that they have ample warrant for it in the Scriptures. Reprint of the 1899 Eleventh Edition.

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