“All Men”

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The first passage which really caught my attention that God would be victorious in bringing His entire creation back to Himself was Romans 5:18.

Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came on all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came on all men to justification of life.

I noticed that the same “all men” on whom judgment came were the exact same “all men” on whom the free gift came. The first was produced by Adam, the second by Jesus Christ. The result of the first was “condemnation,” and the result of the second was “justification.”

What more could Paul say to reveal such an ultimate victory?

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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As We Began, So We Continue and Finish

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As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him (Colossians 2:6).

Paul reminds us what our walk with the Lord is all about. We began by grace through faith, without works, and Paul says that this is the way we continue. The Galatians had fallen into the trap of believing that they were somehow their own workmanship – that their life was of their own making, that they were somehow in control of their own small universe (Galatians 3:1-3).

Have complete confidence in God, your Father. What He began in you, He will see to its full completion. He will do it!

Having this same confidence, that He Who undertakes a good work among you, will be performing it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Least to the Greatest

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For all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest (Hebrews 8:11).

“They shall all know me” (Jeremiah 31:34); not from the greatest to the least (this is that wisdom of the world which is foolishness with God); but “from the least to the greatest”; that the praise may not be of men, but of God.

Before the end, even the rich shall enter into the kingdom of God. Together with them will enter in the great, the noble, the honorable; yea, the rulers, the princes, the kings of the earth. Last of all, the wise and learned, the men of genius, the philosophers, will be convinced that they are fools, and will be “converted, and become as little children” (Matthew 8:3), and “enter into the kingdom of God.”

John WesleyJohn Wesley (1709-1791)
The General Spread of the Gospel, Sermon 63, 1872 edition

God Is Sovereign in All of the Affairs of Men

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Nebuchadnezzar was an earthly monarch which appeared to be a sovereign; but there is a Sovereign in heaven Who has all things under His control. Nebuchadnezzar would learn the great truth that,

the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whoever He will (Daniel 4:17, 25).

He does according to His will … among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stop His hand … (Daniel 4:35).

God’s sovereignty over all of the affairs of men – even those who appear to be “sovereign” – is taught throughout the Scriptures.

The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: He turns it wherever He will (Proverbs 21:1).

In fact, it is God Who is the “… Great King over all the earth” (Psalm 47:2).

Regardless of what His creatures may assert, the God of Scripture is the all-wise, all-powerful Sovereign of His Own universe. He is not a god who, somehow, has lost control of his creation.

Rest in that.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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God Is All-Powerful

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Sadly, there are some who would teach of a god who somehow is not the Sovereign of the universe, who can’t manage to do exactly what he wants to do, and that he actually is somehow subject to his own creatures. This may be the god of religion, but it is not the God of Scripture.

Purely and simply, regardless of what His creatures may assert, the God of Scripture is the absolute Sovereign of His Own universe. He is “the Almighty God” (Genesis 17:1) and there is nothing too hard for Him (Genesis 18:14; Jeremiah 32:17). All of His counsels stand, and He does exactly what He pleases (Isaiah 46:9-10; Psalm 115:3).

Rest in this.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Accentuating God’s Glory

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Having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven (Colossians 1:20).

God made this statement long before that will be done, nearly two thousand years ago, and all has not been reconciled yet. But this was the purpose that God set out to perform before He created the eons. Nothing is going to prevent Him from finishing it. He isn’t going to have to stop and say, “Well, I have at least saved a few million beings, but the rest, well, I tried so hard to save them and want them to be reconciled but they wouldn’t.”

If God would do this He would be admitting His failure, for His intention is to reconcile all. What a miserable God that would be. But that isn’t the kind of God the Scripture sets forth. The very fact that things are in such a condition during the eons is going to accentuate God’s glory when He shall finish and fulfill His purpose to reconcile ALL to Himself.

Dirk W. Venlet
Faith Fellowship (Vol. 60, No. 1)

Faith and Correct Understanding

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The notion that one is simply not a believer or in Christ until he accepts certain important correct doctrines while rejecting certain other incompatible, incorrect doctrines, is necessarily mistaken. It is true that popular myths such as the Trinity, free will, immortal souls, and eternal torment, are incompatible with and militate against the truth of the evangel. Because of their adherence to such contradictory views, many are kept back, whether to a great degree or even entirely, from a true understanding of the evangel. We feel this tragedy deeply, and frequently need to be reminded that this, too, even as all else that is wrong with the world, is in God’s purpose and will eventuate for good.

We have no promise that within the course of our present lifetime even relative maturity of faith will be given to all who are chosen. We only know that, whether sooner or later, concerning the one who is infirm in the faith: “he will be made to stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.”

In the meantime, the ecclesia will continue to consist of all those who are chosen and called, to whom it is given to believe that Christ is the wisdom and power of God and that Jesus died and rose – however limited or faulty their apprehension of these glorious declarations may be.

James Coram
Unsearchable Riches Volume 91

Continuance of Christ’s Ministry

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As God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, it is given to us to share in the continuance of that ministry, “filling up that which is behind in the afflictions of Christ” as Paul says in Colossians 1:24 – a most striking statement.

Beauty, joy, peace are to be balanced with the darker side which brings us into the “fellowship of His sufferings.” All that happens to us is God in action, affecting sometimes known and many times unknown and hidden purposes. In the matter of our union in Christ, it is clear that it is all He in us and not we working out something by our own understanding and wisdom.

Thus we are called to “give thanks in all things.” God is in charge of even the darkest scenario that we call evil, as He was in the ministry of Christ’s life and death. The resurrection is the light side of God and His unfailing dealings, but that for us comes later when we shall dwell in the light with Him.

Norman GrubbNorman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Confusion to Clarity

Prophetic Speculation

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The folly of interpreters has been to foretell times and things by this prophecy of the Revelation, as if God designed to make them prophets. By this rashness they have not only exposed themselves, but brought the prophecy also into contempt. The design of God was much otherwise. He gave this, and the prophecies of the Old Testament, not to gratify men’s curiosities by enabling them to foreknow things, but that, after that they were fulfilled, they might be interpreted by the event; and His own providence, not the interpreter’s, be then manifested thereby to the world. For the event of things, predicted many ages before, will then be a convincing argument that the world is governed by Providence.

sir-isaac-newtonSir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
Observations on Daniel and the Apocalypse of John

The Great Leveler

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For I know that you will bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living (Job 30:23).

Death is the great leveler!

Though their lifestyles along the way may be very different – the king and the beggar must dwell in one house, when they come to their journey’s end.

The small and the great are there (Job 3:19).

We are all in this world as on a stage; it is no great matter, whether a man acts the part of a prince or a peasant; for when they have acted their parts, they must both get behind the curtain.

Thomas BostonThomas Boston (1676-1732)
Human Nature