God Has Never Lost Control

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God has never lost control of His universe, even all the way back in the Garden of Eden. Nothing there took Him by surprise. It all worked together for His purpose. God did not start playing “catch-up” with man’s rebellion. God was always in the lead. After all, it was God Himself Who planted a garden with two trees: one tree of life, and the other tree of good and evil. Good and evil come from the same exact tree! They both were of divine origin!

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things (Isaiah 45:7).

God created good and evil as a part of His divine plan. Evil did not sneak into His creation; rather, He put it there – right “in the middle” (Genesis 2:9). It was a part of the core of His plan to be “All in all” ( I Corinthians 15:28).

We who know and love God are aware that He is even working evil for good.

For us, who love God, who are the called according to His purpose, there is an awareness that He is working all together for good (Romans 8:28).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr

The Necessity of Evil

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The all-loving God, Who watches over His creation and is unlimited in knowledge and power, would have prevented the “tragedy” in Eden had it not been useful to His benevolent purpose. Instead, He allowed the stage to be set, knowing full well what His creature would do. The New Testament reveals that every event was carefully planned before God ever put His hand to clay – everything, including the death and resurrection of Christ for the redemption and restoration of mankind – all was planned before the foundation of the world, as is clearly stated in the Scriptures (Ephesians 1:4; I Peter 1:20).

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Don’t Judge Yourself – Don’t Judge Others

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… I judge not my own self … (I Corinthians 4:3).

When we judge ourselves we are actually passing judgment on God’s work and ability in us. In faith we need to rest, not in our abilities, but in His capacity to carry out His Own work in us. This is why Paul would not pass judgment on himself.

We must also walk in faith and see our brothers as who they really are. They, too, are the work of God. We must not be party to the judgment of God’s work (Romans 14:4, 10, 13).

We must always remember that God is busy at work in His Own creation. We can rest completely in “the purpose of Him Who works all things after the counsel of His Own will” (Ephesians 1:11). We can rest in this for ourselves, as well as for others.

We are all like a building under construction, a painting yet wet and unfinished, a tapestry still being woven, a batter still being mixed, a tree that has yet to reach maturity. We must with patience await the Master’s grand completion.

… Then do we with patience wait for it (Romans 8:25).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

Planning Ahead

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For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he has sufficient to finish it? (Luke 14:28).

How foolish it would be to build a house and run out of resources so you could not finish it.

Man recognizes the importance of this, but why is it that people charge God with going foolishly? Did He not plan ahead when He created this universe? Did He create it and then discover that He wanted all men to be saved, but couldn’t accomplish it and that the majority of His creation is going to end in an endless hell? Oh no! May we not rob God of His glory and realize that He is far wiser than men, and can accomplish what He planned.

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God Is Happy; You Can Be, Too

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According to the glorious good news of the happy God, which was committed to my trust (I Timothy 1:11).

God has never lost control of His universe. He is in charge – always has been, always will be. Every plan of His is right on schedule, and one day He will reach His glorious consummation and be “All in all” (I Corinthians 15:28). Therefore, regardless of what religion thinks or says to the contrary, Father is happy. He is “the happy God,” and He is the only true source of our own joy and happiness. Then, since Father is happy, His children can be happy. After all, those of us who already know God for Who He truly is, and have already been made His righteousness, can be happy.

Even as David also describes the happiness of the man, unto whom God credits righteousness apart from works, saying, “Happy are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Happy is the man to whom the Lord will not charge sin” (Romans 4:6-8).

So, enjoy life! Wake up every morning and bask in the goodness and grace of “the happy God” Who loves you and lives in you. Embrace His happiness throughout the day, regardless of the situation or circumstances in which we may find ourselves.

Whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he (Proverbs 16:20).

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.

Christendom Is Unaware that God Is Happy

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According to the glorious good news of the happy God, which was committed to my trust (I Timothy 1:11).

Christendom is unaware that God is happy, because they have missed the distinct revelation that was committed to Paul’s trust. To know God as “the happy God” one must view Him through the letters of Paul. Without such knowledge of this unique unveiling of the true nature of God by the international apostle of Christ, one is left to an incomplete, veiled view of our Father. After all, it was given to Paul to “complete the Word of God” (Colossians 1:25).

Why is God happy? Why wouldn’t He be? – for He “works all things after the counsel of His Own will” (Ephesians 1:11).

The god of religion is desperately trying to regain control of his lost universe. Yet he has already conceded that he will lose the battle and forever forfeit the vast majority of his creation to the hand of his more successful opponent. Little wonder that the god of religion is so annoyed and mad.

Yet not so with the true God of Scripture! God is happy because He has designed a grand plan of redemption that includes the reconciliation of all things back to Himself. This is the good news committed to Paul’s trust! It is this good news that reveals to us “the happy God.” This glorious good news encompasses the completed, successful cross-work of our Lord Jesus Christ for all of creation!

That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him (Ephesians 1:10).

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

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.