God Rules All!

Dear sir,

Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did He in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places (Psalm 135:5).

God rules all! And though He is concealed by a veil of second causes from common eyes, so that they can perceive only the means, instruments and contingencies by which He works, and therefore think He does nothing; yet, in reality, He does all, according to His Own counsel and pleasure, in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth …

In Him His creatures live, move and have their being … bearing the impress of His wisdom, power and goodness … All the abilities, powers, and instincts, which are found among creatures, are emanations from His fullness …

John NewtonJohn Newton (1725-1807)
Author of the Hymn, “Amazing Grace”
John Newton’s Letters

Special Salvation

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

It is often remarked by those who oppose the doctrine of universal salvation that, if God is the Savior of all men, then there is no difference between the saint and the sinner, the believer and unbeliever. Those who make this remark seem to forget that, while God is declared to be the Savior of all men, He is also said to be ESPECIALLY the Savior of the believer.

Though it is true that God is the Savior of all, yet a little more attention would teach you that all along in Scripture there is a salvation held forth as the SPECIAL PROPERTY of the believer, in which the unbeliever can have no part or lot. Though all shall be saved with an everlasting salvation, yet the believer ALONE can enjoy this special salvation.

Isaac Dowd Williamson (1807-1876)
The Nature of Salvation (1840)

An available Williamson book reprint available:
An Examination of the Doctrine of Endless Punishment: It’s Claims to Divine Origin Refuted

The Littles

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Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows! (Matthew 10:29-31).

I would, with special earnestness, beg you to believe that God is in little things.

It is the little troubles of life that annoy us the most. Believe that God arranges the littles. Take the little troubles as they come and bring them to your God, because they come from God. Believe that nothing is little to God.

The very hairs of your head are all numbered; you may, therefore, pray to Him about your smallest grief. If not a sparrow falls to the ground without your Father – you have reason to see that the smallest events in your life are arranged by Him, and it should be your joy to accept them as they come, and not make them causes of irritation, either to others or to yourselves.

Everything in the future is appointed by God. All is in the hand of the great King; rejoice!

CH SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon (1834–1892)
A Safe Prospective (1869)

Psalm 90:3

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SERIES NOTE: Paul was entrusted with the glorious revelation concerning the details of Christ’s finished work at Calvary and all of the richness that it entails – even the salvation of all of God’s creation. Still, throughout all of the Hebrew Scriptures God has left us powerful hints of, and sure foundations for, the grand truth of His real nature. Although often shadowed in precedents of types and patterns, these are yet unmistakable to those who are fully acquainted with the letters of Paul. Today we will begin an extended series, looking at such fertile instances found throughout the “Old Testament.”

Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, “Return, ye children of men.”

It is God Who gives man his experience with evil, for it is He Who turns them to destruction. God acquaints humanity with brokenness, with vanity, with ruin; and He does so to bring them back to Himself.

Adam had it all in the garden: health, beauty, paradise – all goodness from the hand of God; but the one thing he lacked was appreciation. He could not be thankful for health, for he never had experienced sickness. He could not be thankful for the provision of food, for he had never been hungry. Men learn the truths of God by their contrasts with evil.

According to Psalm 90:3 it is God Himself Who turns mankind to destruction. He does so, so that He can say to them “Return,” and bring them back to Himself. Who’s He bringing back to Himself? Well, the King James Version translates this exact same phrase, “children of men,” as “sons of Adam” in Deuteronomy 32:8. All of the offspring of Adam – every last one of his descendants – belong to God and will be returned to Him.

This is the wise and grand plan of “the God of love” (II Corinthians 13:11).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

God’s Love Can’t Be Turned Away

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I suppose all human affection can be worn out by constant failure to evoke a response from cold hearts. I suppose that it can be so nipped by frosts, so constantly checked in blossoming, that it shrivels and dies. I suppose that constant ingratitude, constant indifference can turn the warmest springs of our love to a river of ice. “Can a mother forget her child?” Yes, she may forget; but we have to do with a God Whose love is His very being, Whose love is not for reasons in us but in Himself, Whose love is eternal and boundless as all of His nature – Whose love, therefore, cannot be turned away by our sin, but abides with us forever and is granted to every soul of man.

Alexander MaclarenAlexander Maclaren (1826-1910)
The Last Pleadings of Love

Protest Against a False View of God

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I protest against all such teaching that gives the impression that the exceeding goodness of God towards man is not the natural and necessary outcome of His being.

The idea that God would be God all the same, as glorious as He needed to be, had He not taken upon Himself the divine toil of bringing home His wandered children, had He done nothing to seek and save the lost, is false as hell.

It will be answered that we have fallen, and God is thereby freed from any obligation, if any ever were. It is but another lie. No amount of wrong-doing in a child can ever free a parent from the divine necessity of doing all he can to deliver his child; the bond between them cannot be broken.

George MacDonaldGeorge MacDonald (1825-1905)
Unspoken Sermons, Series Two

Behold, I Make All Things New

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He that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said unto me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:5).

This is a tremendous statement found in Revelation. God is going to make all new; there isn’t a thing that you can see that God isn’t going to make new.

When God sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world, do you know what He was doing? He was starting a whole new humanity. We read in Genesis that He created humanity that was the beginning of the old humanity. When He sent Christ into the world that was the beginning of a new humanity.

What God made in the past is not an end in itself, but only a means toward an end. When God made the human from the soil, He never intended that the human would always be soil. God looked at what He had made, and it was good. But that is quite different from the word we read in Colossians chapter 2 when we read that we are “complete in Him.” When God makes you new, you will be complete. God has been active in creating, and He does not yet have the finished product. When He does, His plan will be consummated.

Dirk W. Venlet
Faith Fellowship
(Vol. 57, No. 2)