Archive for March 2018

With the Whole Creation

March 16, 2018

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And, 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).

If by that Cross all things in the heavens are to be reconciled, and infinite peace is to follow, I dare trust it, notwithstanding all my sin and all my weakness. By the way of that Cross I am reconciled to God, and through it I find rest, infinite, eternal, undying. At last my rest shall be rest with the WHOLE CREATION, for the cosmic order will be restored through the mystery of God’s suffering as revealed in the Cross.

G. Campbell Morgan (1863-1945)
The Cross and the Ages to Come
The Presbyterian (June, 1932)
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Christ Jesus Came into the World to Save Sinners

March 8, 2018

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If I receive forgiveness, and peace, and a new mind, and the glory to come, wholly as a free gift of God, how can I possibly doubt that God will do the same thing for all fellow sinners that He is doing for me?

I have found that there lurks in many Christians, who refuse to entertain this larger hope, some self-righteousness, some such conceit as that after all they are finally saved by some merit of theirs, which the others do not possess, and on account of which God does not and cannot save those others.

I once asked one of whom I thought a great deal, but who protested indignantly against my faith in this hope, “Brother, do you expect to be saved?” He answered: “I surely do.” “Well, if God saves you, why should He not save all of your brother humans? Are they harder to save than you? Are they so hard to save that God is not able to do it? Or does He not love them as much as He does you? Tell me, why should He make such a frightful difference between you and the others who are no greater sinners than you are?”

After some hesitancy, he said what nearly all who hold this same attitude would have said, namely, that the others are not saved because they refuse to be saved. But I showed him that he also refused to be saved up to a certain time, that all refuse to be saved until the right hour has come, and that the willingness to be saved, according to the teaching of the Gospel, also comes from God’s grace.

It became plain that in this man’s thinking there still lurked a piece of that Phariseeism which thanks God that one is not as bad as the other sinners, and that one still has some merits by which one’s salvation is made possible for God, while He must utterly abandon those others, who do not possess this merit, to endless torment.

Gustavus Hiller (1852-1939)
The Great Question: Will God Redeem His Own Creation?
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