The Whole Universe in Harmony with God

Posted June 20, 2021 by SandreS
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Many plain direct statements in the Sacred Scriptures declare that the purpose of God through our Lord Jesus Christ is to bless all humanity and to bring the whole universe into harmony with Himself.

How can this be if myriads of mankind whom He so loves were to be kept alive forever in hopeless misery? And what kind of a god could love the sinner with Calvary love until he died, and then leave him in indescribable suffering eternally?

G.T. Stevenson
Time and Eternity: A Biblical Study
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Grounded in Love

Posted May 14, 2021 by SandreS
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Our vitality and stability depend upon the apprehension of God’s love. As a plant seeks its sustenance and strength in the soil, so we should search for our sustentation and support in the subsoil of all of God’s activities, the fact of His affection. We can flourish in no other ground. Here alone can our roots find nurture and our trunk find strength. Both of these are necessary for fruit.

The most beautiful tree in all my garden fell to the ground. It had ample roots, but was not well grounded. It could not withstand the winds of adversity. How many of us have failed to fasten firmly on the love transcendent? Only in this can we stand and bring forth fruit for God’s delectation. Nothing else will delight Him. No substitute should satisfy us.

A.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 22 (1931)
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God Is Not a Loser!

Posted October 30, 2020 by SandreS
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To those who may still think that God can ever be a Loser, that He may lose a part, and a large part, of His own Kin (Acts 17:29), I would say solemnly, “Harden not your heart!” Perfect Love can never lose those whom He loves (I Corinthians 13:8).

Alexander Thomson (1889-1966)
Author of How Eternity Slipped In: Or, Whence Eternity?
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The Sovereignty of Grace

Posted July 4, 2020 by SandreS
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For in grace, through faith, are you saved, and this is not out of you; it is God’s approach present, not of works, lest anyone should be boasting. For His achievement are we, being created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God makes ready beforehand, that we should be walking in them (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Salvation, justification and glorification are all gifts from God, that His beloved Son “… be Firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:28-30). These same gifts cannot be gained or forfeited through any subsequent disobedience or failure. Indeed, any further act of sin would simply call forth greater increases in the provision of grace (Romans 6:1)! … Such love confirms the sovereignty of grace.

The love of God has been poured out in our hearts … [and] Neither death nor life, nor messengers, nor sovereignties, nor the present, nor what is impending, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord (Romans 5:5; 8:38-39).

Donald Fielding
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 85

All of God’s Creatures Will Finally Be Happy

Posted June 18, 2020 by SandreS
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Nothing can be more contrary to the divine nature and attributes than for a God all-wise, all-good, all-powerful, and all-perfect, to bestow existence on any being whom He foreknows must terminate in wretchedness and misery without respite of end. His goodness could never give birth to any one being, and much less to numberless beings whose end He foresaw would be irretrievable misery; nor could even His justice inflict everlasting punishment.

God made all of His creatures finally to be happy; He could never make any whose end He foreknew would be misery everlasting. God is love; infinite benevolence alone prompted Him to action, and infinite benevolence combined with unerring wisdom, and supported by irresistible power, will infallibly accomplish its purpose in the best possible manner.

Thomas Newton (1704-1782)
Dissertations on the Final State of Mankind
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The God Who Loves Sinners

Posted April 6, 2020 by SandreS
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He has a single, relentless stance toward us: He loves us. He is the only God man has ever heard of who loves sinners. False gods – the gods of human understanding – despise sinners, but the Father of Jesus loves all, no matter what they do. But of course this is almost too incredible for us to accept. Nevertheless, the central affirmation of the Reformation stands: through no merit of ours, but by His mercy, we have been restored to a right relationship with God through the life, death, and resurrection of His beloved Son. This is the Good News, the gospel of Grace.

Brennan Manning (1934-2013)
The Ragamuffin Gospel, p. 18
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I Receive Gladly That God is Love

Posted March 28, 2020 by SandreS
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I received gladly, both with feeling and understanding, the doctrine that God is love. Everything which opposes this – a burning hell, therefore, whose fire endures forever – I could not recognize.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875)
The True Story of My Life, p. 77
Translated by Mary Howitt (1847)
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Incompatible with His Holy Nature

Posted March 24, 2020 by SandreS
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In my survey and meditation on the theory of hellfire and damnation, or a living, conscious, Eternal punishment after death, for any of the creatures of His Powerful Hand, I find that it is not compatible with the Holy Nature of the High and Lofty One that inhabiteth eternity. And if true, would bar, and exclude Him from the Divine Attributes of Love, Justice and Mercy with which He is so magnanimously endowed. God is Love. We cannot conceive of Him violating the holy faculties of his Person by consigning any part of his helpless creation to interminable torture.

Charles F. Nickles (1881-1949)
Primitive “No-Heller” Baptist
Scott County, Virginia
Cited by Howard Dorgan
In the Hands of a Happy God: The “No-Hellers” of Central Appalachia
University of Tennessee Press/Knoxville 1997, p.88
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More Than We Ever Dreamed Possible

Posted March 10, 2020 by SandreS
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I believe that at the center of the universe there dwells a loving Spirit who longs for all that’s best in all of creation, a Spirit Who knows the great potential of each planet as well as each person, and little by little will love us into being more than we ever dreamed possible. That loving Spirit would rather die than give up on any one of us.

Fred Rogers
Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers: Things to Remember Along the Way
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Real Spiritual Strength

Posted March 6, 2020 by SandreS
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When Paul urges his readers to be gentle and patient with one another, he describes what real strength looks like. Earlier in the same letter he repeatedly expresses his prayer that his readers would join him in understanding the ability of God to strengthen them in their inner being with the love of Christ (Ephesians 1:19; 3:16-18). He prays that they will be given the power to understand the heart of God Who wants to do for them more than they could ever ask or think (3:20).

The old Paul wouldn’t have written this. Before meeting Christ on the road to Damascus, he was doing everything he could to bully and terrorize those with whom he disagreed. It’s a dramatically changed Paul who calls for the strength of humility, patience and kindness.

Mart DeHaan
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