All Him

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Not one grain of our re-creation in Christ is attributable to man, any more than our creation was. Man must learn – and re-learn – the “nothing” over against the “All.” And what a relief! Not my past righteousness (non-existent), not my present righteousness (wood, hay and stubble unless He works in me), not my future suitability (equally non-existent). “All” is His: His past planning, His completed redemption, His endless mercy and love.

Norman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
The Deep Things of God
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The Rejection of God’s Mighty Hand in All Things

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It’s fascinating that the denial (by most people) of God’s management over all things is actually part of His sovereign and grand design.

He opens and closes the hearts and minds of both groups: Those who acknowledge, and those who refuse His sovereignty in all things.

The very rejection of His far reaching and controlling Hand in all matters is a part of His perfect plan.

Mike Owens
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Can We Blame Them?

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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.

Accidental Life?

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If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents – the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else’s. But if their thoughts – i.e., of materialism and astronomy – are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents. It’s like expecting that the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset.

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
The Business of Heaven, p. 97
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The Poetic Beauty of Creation

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The transcendent wonders of the heavens, the phenomena of the atmosphere, the insoluble mysteries of the underworld are held together in glorious order by His creative hand, and ruled by His rod. Now He rides through the heavens, binds the cluster of the Pleiades, looses the bands of Orion, guides the signs of the Zodiac in their season, leads the Bear with her train, establishes the ordinances of heaven on the earth; now He walks the fathomless deep, delves in the recesses of the sea, traverses the realm of shades, cleaves a channel for the waterflood, scatters the wind, enters the abode of light; and while thus revolving the wheel of nature’s mechanism with amazing regularity, He reserves the treasuries of hail against the day of battle and war.

Vladimir Gelesnoff (1877-1921)
The Book of Job
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