What a surprise for me! I may have mentioned that I’m always asking God to set me straight regarding my understanding of Him. He’s changed so many of the things I “knew” to be true, and every time He does this for me, it’s a cause for great rejoicing in my heart. It seems that the truth about my Lord is always better than the fallacious things I “used to know.” And this is the best truth of all! He is so much better than I ever dreamed was possible!
I’ve been reading extensively and studying scripture extensively and seeking God personally, and I’ve come to a conclusion I NEVER thought I would reach, and yet I am mystified as to how I missed it in the first place. Now that I see it, scripture seems so very clear on the subject. God does not mean to lose even one small vessel of all that He has created. Not a rock, not a pigeon, not a child will fall ultimate prey to the adversary. Neither the least nor the greatest will be lost. To be sure, there are roadblocks to this belief, and not a few of them are based on mistranslations in scripture. I’ll discuss these in a later post. What I’d like to do today is share with you a few of the wonderful statements of God regarding His plans for His creation.
We will certainly die and be like water poured out on the ground, which can’t be recovered. But God would not take away a life; He would devise plans so that the one banished from Him does not remain banished. (2 Samuel 14:14 HCSB)
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD. All the families of the nations will bow down before You, for kingship belongs to the LORD; He rules over the nations. All who prosper on earth will eat and bow down; all those who go down to the dust will kneel before Him— even the one who cannot preserve his life. (Psalms 22:27-29 HCSB)
All humanity will come to You, the One who hears prayer. (Psalms 65:2 HCSB)
The LORD of Hosts will prepare a feast for all the peoples on this mountain– a feast of aged wine, choice meat, finely aged wine. On this mountain He will destroy the burial shroud, the shroud over all the peoples, the sheet covering all the nations; He will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from every face and remove His people’s disgrace from the whole earth, for the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 25:6-8 HCSB)
Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth. For I am God, and there is no other. By Myself I have sworn; Truth has gone from My mouth, a word that will not be revoked: Every knee will bow to Me, every tongue will swear allegiance. (Isaiah 45:22-23 HCSB)
For the Lord will not reject us forever. Even if He causes suffering, He will show compassion according to His abundant, faithful love. (Lamentations 3:31-32 HCSB)
Therefore, wait for Me– this is the LORD’s declaration– until the day I rise up for plunder. For My decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, in order to pour out My indignation on them, all My burning anger; for the whole earth will be consumed by the fire of My jealousy. For I will then restore pure speech to the peoples so that all of them may call on the name of Yahweh and serve Him with a single purpose. (Zephaniah 3:8-9 HCSB)
But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. (Luke 2:10-11 HCSB)
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided His clothes and cast lots. (Luke 23:34 HCSB)
As for Me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to Myself.” (John 12:32 HCSB)
and that He may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah. Heaven must welcome Him until the times of the restoration of all things, which God spoke about by the mouth of His holy prophets from the beginning. (Acts 3:20-21 HCSB)
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned. . . . But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one man’s trespass the many died, how much more have the grace of God and the gift overflowed to the many by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.
And the gift is not like the one man’s sin, because from one sin came the judgment, resulting in condemnation, but from many trespasses came the gift, resulting in justification. Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. So then, as through one trespass there is condemnation for everyone, so also through one righteous act there is life-giving justification for everyone. For just as through one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so also through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:12-19 HCSB)
For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God. (Romans 14:11 HCSB)
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits (barley harvest); afterward, at His coming, those who belong to Christ. (wheat harvest) Then comes the end (grape harvest), when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He abolishes all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be abolished is death. (1 Corinthians 15:21-26 HCSB)
That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. (2 Corinthians 5:19 HCSB)
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross– whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:15-20 HCSB)
He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. (1 John 2:2 HCSB)
There are more, but I’ll stop for now. I have to restrain myself not because there are too few scriptures in favor of God’s unending mercy and love, but because there are so very many that I would weary you with reading them. Until next time . . .