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The True Meaning of Judgment

April 2, 2019

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“Punishment” is a word I have come to hate, for men have so fearfully misused it of God’s operations. Once we see that all of God’s dealings are with a view to the eventual reconciliation of all, the idea of punitive retribution, introduced by corrupt theology, will become abhorrent. We must remember that the object of all God’s operations are rooted in love and fruited in reconciliation. If God is love, He cannot be orthodox. Before there can be a universal reconciliation, each one must be set right with God, and this is accomplished at the judging. Such indeed is the true meaning of judgment.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
The Problem of Evil, pages 231-236
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None Left Out

April 1, 2019

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That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in Earth, and things under the Earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10-11).

This verse speaks of ultimate reconciliation, and it is truly universal! None will be left out. None will be left alienated or unreconciled to God. How else could it be, for, “of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all” (Romans 11:36).

And when all things shall be subdued to Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject to Him Who put all things under Him, that God may be All in all (I Corinthians 15:21-28).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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God’s Unlimited Saviorhood

March 28, 2019

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Faithful is the saying and worthy of all welcome (for for this are we toiling and being reproached), that we rely on the living God, Who is the Savior of all mankind, especially of believers. These things be charging and teaching (I Timothy 4:9-11).

Here we are told that the living God is the Savior of all mankind. Dear brethren, let us carefully consider this statement.

Will God’s will for mankind be fulfilled (I Timothy 2:4-6)? Surely we recoil from any suggestions that it can fail. Yet how many accept and rejoice in this faithful saying? Howbeit, we who believe that God is operating the Universe, we will accept it.

Others seek to limit it to believers, but they overlook the significance of the double statement. That there is a special salvation for believers is plainly stated, but this does not limit the other part of the statement; rather does it emphasize it.

Edgar Gerald Jones
The Divine Reconciliation of the Universe
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Is There No Effective Saving Plan?

March 27, 2019

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More than half of every generation since Christ died have never even heard His name. Can it be that He Who counts the very hairs of our heads and lets not a sparrow fall to the ground without His notice, has no effective saving plan for these lost human creatures? He Who provides for the fowls of the air, should He not have a plan for every detail of every life and the ability to accomplish it? We believe just such a plan exists.

W.H. Hammon
Associate of Charles H. Pridgeon (1863-1932), Pittsburgh Bible Institute
The Divine Reconciliation of the Universe
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The Pursuing Love of God

March 24, 2019

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God will seek us. How long? Until He finds us. And when He’s found the last little shriveling, rebellious soul and has depopulated hell, then death will be swallowed up in victory, and Christ will turn over all things to the Father that He may be all and in all. Then every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

— Clarence Jordan (1912-1969)
New Testament Greek scholar, founder of Koinonia Community, author of Cotton Patch Series and inspiration for Habitat for Humanity
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God Is Not a Would-Be Savior

March 22, 2019

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… We trust in the living God, Who is the Savior of all men, especially of those that believe (I Timothy 4:10).

Some would advocate that I Timothy 4:10 suggests that God is some sort of passive Savior; a Savior that offers His hand to drowning humanity but requires man to extend his own hand to be saved. This defies the definition of Savior. God is not a would-be Savior; He is the Savior of all men. He doesn’t only try to be the Savior of all men; He is the Savior of all men. He does not suggest that all men allow Him to be their Savior; He is the Savior of all men. He either is or He isn’t.

Aaron Locker
The Divine Reconciliation of the Universe – A Comprehensive Compilation (2018, Bible Student’s Press)
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The Magnetic Potentate

March 17, 2019

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And I, if I be lifted up from the Earth, will draw all men unto Me (John 12:32).

“I will draw all men unto Me. Thus crystallized, the utterance portrays a magnetic Potentate, drawing to Himself the grand sum total of humanity. It has been too hastily concluded that only here and now are men drawn to Him, and we know that not all repose faith in Him. Therefore, if “all men” are to be drawn to Him, His words await perfect fulfillment. The present era of grace does not exhaust the possibilities of His power, for, as the grand Executor of God’s will, glorious work awaits the Son in ages yet unrolled.

William Mealand (1873-1957)
The Divine Reconciliation of the Universe (A Comprehensive Compilation)
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