I Will Draw All Men unto Me

Posted August 9, 2016 by SandreS
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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

Posted August 2, 2016 by SandreS
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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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Reconciliation of All Mankind

Posted July 18, 2016 by SandreS
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To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation (II Corinthians 5:19).

The truth is most blessed and comforting that “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself.” This is “glad tidings” or “good news” indeed!

There is no “angry Heaven,” whose wrath must be appeased, and whose favor must be purchased; but a loving Father, who Himself is working to win back the prodigal to the arms that are ever stretched out to receive him, and the heart that has never ceased to love him.

AdamsArthur P. Adams (1847-1925)
The Purposes of God and True Basis of Redemption
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Our Human Resistance

Posted July 14, 2016 by SandreS
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Contrary to what we might fear, the Creator and Father of our souls – the Lord of hosts and King of kings – is good.

The history of organized religion, at least in the Western tradition, is a record of our human resistance to the proclamation that God is love, that His love extends to everyone, and that it is in no way conditioned upon human obedience or human faithfulness. We shall find in the end,

Perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love (I John 4:18).

Thomas TalbottThomas Talbot
The Inescapable Love of God, page 1
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No Contingencies

Posted July 12, 2016 by SandreS
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Our God never has a headache. He is never worried as we worry when our plans go wrong, for His plans never do. In the working out of the divine plans, there are no contingencies. All history is pregnant with the guiding counsel of the all wise God. His purposes never fail or cave in. They never collapse. No disasters ever attend the undertakings of God. He is sovereign Lord. An experiment is an experiment because of its possible failure. God never fails, hence He makes no experiments. The doctrine of annihilation discounts our conceptions of the divine wisdom.

Alan Burns (?-1929)
Faith Fellowship Magazine, Volume 58, Number 1
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God’s Guarantee to Adam’s Race

Posted June 4, 2016 by SandreS
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The pattern of harvest, as established in the Old Testament, begins with “firstfruits,” then the main harvest, and finally the gleaning of the fields by the needy and destitute, assuring that not one kernel would be lost.

The very fact that we have borne the image of Adam guarantees that we will also bear the image of Christ. First the flesh, the earthy, then the spirit, the heavenly. First the man of earth, then the man of heaven. Thus Paul so confidently declared,

As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (I Corinthians 15:49).

He could not more forcibly present God’s guarantee that the very fact you exist as a human being is proof and assurance that one day you will bear the image of God’s heavenly Adam, Jesus Christ. God always finishes the work He begins, including that of making man in His Own image which He began in the Garden of Eden.

The “Last Adam” is not an idle poetic expression that Paul used referring to Jesus. As the context of his words show, he intended to establish the fact that just as we all sprang from Adam the first man, and therefore bear his image, so in the very same way the “Last Adam” is the first spiritual man. The first Adam was the first of the old and earthy creation; the “Last Adam” is the first of the new and heavenly, or spiritual creation.

In Romans 5, the inevitability of bearing the image of the Man from Heaven is underscored. Jesus is the firstborn of the new creation just as Adam was the firstborn of the old creation. The work of Jesus far surpasses the work of Adam. What Adam did unto death, Jesus much more accomplished unto life. Jesus, the “Last Adam,” will make alive all who died in the first Adam.

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

Bert BaumanBert Bauman
The Gospel, page 16
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God All-Powerful

Posted May 30, 2016 by SandreS
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I no longer believe that God ever did create a being that was capable of hindering or frustrating any of His loving plans or purposes, and they that believe Satan ever accomplished anything along that line know not God, and many, very many, who profess to love and serve Him are actually ignorant of His wisdom, power and love.

Thomas E. McDaniel
Unsearchable Riches (Volume 22, 1931)
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