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He Is All

December 30, 2017

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He has to take us all to the place where there is none in the universe but HIM. He is ALL; expressing His “allness” in and through everything, whether positive or negative, good or evil, to bring humanity back “home” to the One Who is love and nothing else.

Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Knight of Faith, Vol. I
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Lost?

December 24, 2017

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The Earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it (Psalm 24:1).

This verse declares to that all the people on this planet are His!

We should not fall into the trap of thinking that “believers” are the only ones who are HIS.

Consider the term “lost” – it is a declaration of ownership. If something, or someone is lost, that means they are in some way separated from their owner.

When “Christians” refer to the lost, they should realize that that is an acknowledgment of God’s ownership!

We may feel lost – but we are never truly lost. Our God is sovereign and fully aware of each one of us.

Mike Owens
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Human Helplessness

December 22, 2017

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Being justified gratuitously in His grace, through the deliverance which is in Christ Jesus (Whom God purposed for a Propitiatory shelter, through faith in His blood, for a display of His righteousness because of the passing over of the penalties of sins which occurred before in the forbearance of God), toward the display of His righteousness in the current era, for Him to be just and a Justifier of the one who is of the faith of Jesus. Where, then, is boasting? It is debarred! (Romans 3:25, Concordant Literal Version).

Notice here the succession of terms indicative of human helplessness:

Being justified — requiring to be made right with God;
gratuitously — without a cause, without anything in oneself that would give God reason for doing this;
in His grace — purely as a favor, unearned, undeserved;
through the deliverance — requiring a rescue act;
which is in Christ Jesus, Whom God purposed — not in oneself, but in the One Whom God appointed.

This is the first occasion in Scripture that any act of God is referenced to His purpose, and the next outstanding fact that we must note is that it is centered in “Christ Jesus” – not in “Jesus Christ” as He was on earth, but in “Christ Jesus,” the risen Lord, the One Who, by His victory over death and His resurrection from the tomb, has proved that He has settled once and for all time the problem of sin, and thereby paved the way for deliverance.

John H. Essex (1907-1991)
The Purpose of God
Select Writings of John Essex – Volume 1
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[Editor:] For a further look at the difference between “Jesus Christ” and “Christ Jesus,” see Bible Student’s Notebook #325: “Christ Jesus,” Charles H. Welch; “Christ Jesus” and “Jesus Christ,” A.E. Knoch; “The Names of Jesus,” E.W. Bullinger.

Does Death End God’s Power to Save?

December 20, 2017

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Be not afraid; I am the First and the Last, and he who is living, and I did become dead, and, lo, I am living to the ages of the ages. Amen! and I have the keys of the hades and of the death (Revelation 1:17-18).

How many teach that death ends God’s power over lost souls? As if Satan, who has them, were stronger than God, and that God was no longer loving, whereas it is Christ who holds the keys!

How many a mother weeping for her children refuses to be comforted because they are not! The mother’s prayer and work seems to have been for nought. They are dead in the land of the enemy. Hear the Word of God:

A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Thus saith the LORD: “Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded,” saith the LORD ; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy (Jeremiah 31:15-16).

These words were in part fulfilled in our Lord’s childhood at the slaughter of the innocents; but their complete fulfillment will not take place until the proud, self-willed, unbroken and dead children of Ephraim, and all other such children, repent and God’s Word is fulfilled,

I will surely have mercy upon them, they shall come again from the land of the enemy (Jeremiah 31:16-20).

Charles Hamilton Pridgeon (1863-1932)
Is Hell Eternal, or Will God’s Plan Fail? (1920)
(Facsimile reprint available from Study Shelf)
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Will God Throw Up His Hands in Defeat?

December 16, 2017

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And when He was come near, He beheld the city, and wept over it (Luke 19:41).

In the Gospels, we are told that as Jesus rides into Jerusalem He weeps over the rejection He is about to experience from His people (Luke 19:41). If God looks like Jesus (John 14:9; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3), then it seems that an everlasting hell would mean everlasting tears flowing down the face of God. It is impossible for me to believe that the God revealed in Jesus will at some point simply throw up his hands in defeat or harden his heart in retaliation.

Heath Bradley
Flames of Love
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