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The Whole Universe Is Included

November 30, 2017

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Making known to us the secret of His will (in accord with His delight, which He purposed in Him) to have an administration of the complement of the eras, to head up all in the Christ – both that in the heavens and that on the earth – in Him in Whom our lot was cast also, being designated beforehand according to the purpose of the One Who is operating all in accord with the counsel of His will (Ephesians 1:9-11; Concordant Literal Version)

Again, we hear with clarity what goal God has set for Himself in this counsel of the eons – to bring everything that is in heaven and on earth under one head in Christ. … The Father has decreed and promised His first begotten Son, the Christ, the One anointed with the Spirit, of Whom all Scripture testifies, a position at the head of the entire created universe, which excludes any resistance or objection against the Son, whether this be in heaven or on earth. Note also that the plain language of Scripture, according to its simple statements, includes the entire universe. If, in the first verse of the Bible it is written, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” then surely believers cannot entertain the idea of creatures not being included in this expression “heaven and earth,” whether they be lifeless or living beings, humans or angels. Moreover, it is generally a good rule that an expression often used in Scripture can be interpreted best if used in the same sense as it was when it appeared for the first time.

E.F. Stroeter
The Gospel of God’s Reconciliation of All in Christ (p. 24)
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Can a Sinner Defeat God’s Love?

November 7, 2017

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Love … is not taking account of evil (I Corinthians 13:6, Concordant Literal Version).

I am convinced that God loves all (John 3:16, Romans 5:6-10), and that “love never faileth” (I Corinthians 13:8). Therefore, if one sinner is endlessly lost, that sinner has defeated the love of God and that is impossible.

Louis Abbott
An Analytical Study of Words
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The True Nature of Sin, and Its Remedy

November 4, 2017

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The judgment of God on Adam is strikingly suggestive of the true character of sin. Thorns and thistles are concomitants of man’s sin and a graphic illustration of its real essence. What are thorns? They are stunted, undeveloped, rudimentary growths, undoubtedly due to the lack of sufficient vitality to develop them into proper form. There were no thorns in Eden. Nor will there be any such thing when once more the plants exult in the ideal conditions and fruitful fertility of the coming eon.

What will be done to change them? How can the rose lose its thorns and the cactus its spines? Will the Creator change their nature? Will He remove the sharp and painful lancelets that disfigure and disgrace them now? He will not alter the plant but change its environment. He will fill it with the wine of life and thorns will develop into branches and spines into leaves. The principle that produces thorns and death in plants is identical with sin, which produces degeneration and death in mankind.

What does the gospel bring? It is God’s power for the salvation of everyone who believes (Romans 1:16). Sin is spiritual deficiency or lack of the divine glory (Romans 3:23). The evangel supplies the missing energy. Note carefully the contrast in the fifth of Romans (verses 6-8). While we are still infirm, Christ died for the sake of the irreverent. Man does not sin because that is his nature but because he has lost the vital force which should sustain him. His nature might be changed ever so much or ever so often, but that would not doom him to death. Other creatures, who have a different nature, share his penalty with him, for they also share man’s infirmity and humiliation.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
The Problem of Evil
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The Lord Is Good to All

November 2, 2017

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The Lord is good to all: and His tender mercies are over all His works (Psalm 145:9).

God is glorified when His love, goodness, mercy and grace are proclaimed; when His goodness is seen to embrace all; His grace shown to abound much more than sin; His mercy declared to triumph over judgment,” and His love known to be, not simply one divine attribute among many, but the very essence of His Being, the motivating principle and power behind all His works (Psalm 145:9; Romans 5:20-21; James 2:13; I John 4:8, 16).

Anthony Johnson
The Larger Hope
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How Many Has the Father Given Jesus?

October 18, 2017

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Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession (Psalm 2:8).

We find by reference to the language of the Psalmist that Jesus, as a moral ruler, is in possession of all things or all men.

The Father loveth the Son and hath given all things into His hand (John 3: 35).

Now Jesus positively declares,

All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out (John 6:37).

How many had the Father given him? ALL.

Then ALL will finally come to Christ.

Jesus continues in the following verses,

For I came down from heaven not to do Mine own will but the will of Him that sent Me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day (:38-40).

Here then we see, first, Christ in possession of all men. Second, all are to come to Him. Third, He will lose none which God hath given Him; but, fourth, will raise them up at the last day. And what is all this but Universalism?

Dr. George W. Quinby (1810-1884)
The Salvation of Christ, or a Brief Exposition and Defense of Universalism
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George Washington Quinby, D.D. (Bates College) was a minister, author, editor and publisher. His Universalist periodicals included The Star in the West, Trumpet and Freeman, and Gospel Banner. He conducted his expansive work in Maine (North Yarmouth, Livermore, Saco and Augusta), Massachusetts (Taunton), Ohio (Cincinnati) and Connecticut (Bridgeport and Middletown).

An Unforgettable Account

October 17, 2017

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I’ll never forget the first time that I read Jackson Roddy’s account of how he came to understand the grace of God; it impressed on me a different “evangelism” than the salesmanship training that I had been exposed to in my early years.

So thrilled was I, those many years ago, to read those words from Jackson Roddy, that I have regularly recalled and reread them, even to this day. During these passing years I would also come to a clearer and clearer understanding of what the gospel was (the true “evangel”), and how far-reaching God’s plan for His creation went – that He may be “All in all” (I Corinthians 15:28).

The truth is that we’re not trying to get anyone to do anything. God already has done it all. True evangelism is simply living and sharing all that God has done. God uses His own work in Christ to activate His called. How simple to be merely a channel of God’s goodness and grace. This is not a process of some decisional regeneration, but of God graciously granting faith by the hearing of His Word (Romans 10:17).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
To read a portion of Jackson Roddy’s account see Bible Student’s Notebook #654
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Can We Blame Them?

October 16, 2017

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And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hades: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day (Matthew 11:23).

Why, then, were those mighty works not done? Is it not the will of God that none should perish, but that all should come, through repentance, unto life? Does not He Himself plead with men, saying, “Why will ye die?” (cf. Ezekiel 18:31; 33:11). Yet the Lord Jesus, Who knew what might have been as well as what had been, solemnly declares that even the guilty inhabitants of Sodom and of Tyre and Sidon would have been brought to repentance and life had they witnessed the mighty works wrought in the favored cities of Galilee! Why were they not permitted to witness them, then? Can we blame them; will God condemn them, and condemn them to an eternal death or an eternal misery, because they did not see what they could not see, because they did not repent, when the very means which would infallibly have induced repentance were not vouchsafed them?

Samuel Cox (1826-1893)
Salvator Mundi
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Salvator Mundi: Is Christ the Savior of All Men?

by — Samuel Cox (1826-1893)

(New Enlarged Type Edition) “Salvator Mundi” means “Savior of the World.” First published in 1877, the main object of this book is to encourage those who “faintly trust the larger hope” to commit themselves to it wholly and fearlessly, by showing them that they have ample warrant for it in the Scriptures. Reprint of the 1899 Eleventh Edition.

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