Posted tagged ‘Universal Reconciliation’

God’s Bountiful Hand Will Never Close

September 12, 2019

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We are told of a god who created millions of beings whom he intends for endless torments and puts His whole design into execution; and this is called supreme goodness. In millions of cases this god finds it most for his glory to make his rational, hoping, wanting creatures endlessly miserable.

We are likewise told of a devil who acts for his own gratification, and who delights in making God’s creatures miserable; and this is called badness.

Shall we thus represent our kind and merciful Father from Whom streams of goodness continually flow to His wanting, needing creatures? No; let every vibration of sense within us acknowledge His bountiful hand which will never close.

Hosea Ballou (1771-1852)
A Treatise on God’s Bountiful Hand Will Never Close (1805)
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All Other Things Will Follow

September 10, 2019

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The aim of redemption is to let Christ have the pre-eminence in all things. In order to have this first place in all things, Christ must first have the pre-eminence in us. And why? Because we are the firstfruits of all creation. After we are in subjection to Christ, all other things will follow in subjection.

Watchman Nee (1903-1972)
God’s Plan and the Overcomers
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Humanity’s Final Holiness and Happiness

September 8, 2019

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The deliverance of the whole human family from sin and sorrow, its final holiness and happiness, has been the thought of multitudes, even when the prevailing doctrines around them were wholly hostile.

J.W. Hanson (1823-1901)
A Cloud of Witnesses
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Every Experience Working for Ultimate Good

September 6, 2019

 

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Does God not love His enemies, even as He has taught us to love ours? If He fails to reconcile even one, must it not be due to a lack of love, or of power? These qualities find their source in Him! So of a certainty He shall bring circumstances to bear which shall ultimately cause all to know, with understanding, His great love manifested in the gift of His Son, and this in turn shall fill each heart with adoration and love, and praise to God.

When God’s plans for the ages of time (eonian times) have been accomplished, every experience of man will, under the guidance of His wisdom, work together with every other experience for man’s highest ultimate good, and thus redound to God’s honor and glory.

W. (Walter) F. Salter
(Former General Manager of the I.B.S.A. for Canada and Newfoundland; associate of A.E. Knoch)
Truth as I See It (1944)
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All in Accord with His Masterful Plan

September 4, 2019

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I, for one, freely confess that, without a knowledge of the consummation, when God will reconcile all and become “All in all,” I could not have confidence in a deity who allowed the world to work itself into such a mess, and who can do little more for most men than to sweep them into destruction, extinction or torment.

But now, how can I distrust God? Mankind is just where He has brought it. The effect of all of the present evil and distress will be salutary. God will get glory out of it, and men will be prepared by it to appreciate the gifts He has in store for them all.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
The Problem of Evil and The Judgments of God
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“Lost” Indicates Ownership

July 24, 2019

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Nothing can be lost that is not first owned. Just as a parent is compelled by civil law to be responsible for his family and his property, so the Creator – by His own divine law – is compelled to take care of the children He has created. And that means not only caring for the good children, but for the bad ones and lost ones as well. So the word “lost” came to be for Mrs. [Hannah Whitall] Smith a term of greatest comfort. If a person is a “lost sinner” it means only that he is temporarily separated from the Good Shepherd Who owns him. The Shepherd is bound by all duties of ownership to go after all those who are lost until they are found.

Catherine Marshall (1915-1983)
Beyond Ourselves
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The Conclusion Is Inclusion

July 22, 2019

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Inclusion is the first component of the good news …

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

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).

This is the good news that will overcome evil. This is the truth that empowers me to love my neighbor and my enemies. This is the message that releases from judging and excluding others. With this powerful word settled in my heart I can trust God in every circumstance. I can believe the best for everybody. I don’t have to hide from God anymore. …

As we realize how simple and fulfilling it is to experience the good news in our own lives, it will greatly alter our motivations for relating to others. We can love and accept people for who they are free of a pressure-producing agenda to get them to convert to our way of thinking and adopt our ways. God loved and gave. That’s the only motive we are to have – love and give ourselves to others. …

It is time for us to be mature enough to give up unsecure worries that God might abandon and leave some of us behind. Let’s appreciate as never before all that Christ accomplished via His life, crucifixion and resurrection. Let’s believe Jesus’ assurances that He came to seek and save what was lost – all of it! Let’s believe that God’s heart for us is conciliatory, not retributional. Because of His indescribable and unsurpassed love, God has no need to deal with us from a human perspective, as our sins deserve. He has too grand a vision of redeemed humanity to get sidetracked into petty, punitive vengeance. His love will not fail.

Steven L. Rogers
Quit “Going” to Church … and Other Musings of a Former Institutional Man, pages 146-150
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