HAS THE GOSPEL MESSAGE LOST SOME OF ITS GLORY SINCE FIRST DELIVERED?
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.. And all was very good" [Gen 1:1, 27 and 31].
...God's rescue from the outcome of "missing the mark" sin "was finished from the foundation/creation of the world" [Heb 4:3]. "My word that goes out from my mouth will accomplish all I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it" [Is 55:11]. Perfect, makes no mistakes. Can lose nothing. Ultimately all will repent.. there may even "be weeping and gnashing of teeth" in "outer darkness" but - "In Christ all will be made alive! Each in his own order - those who are Christ’s at His coming, then the end when Christ hands the kingdom over to God the Father.. that He may be all in all" [1 Cor 15:22-28].
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Anybody who studies the Bible knows what an awesome book it is. And what a teacher our Heavenly Father is! The teaching, the Word “Logos” #G3056, “reasoning expressed by words” originates in and from the Father. Like ripples it WILL fill the universe.
“The lion will eat straw like the ox, the bear will graze with the cow.” (Is. 11:7)
He is creating a wonderful thing! “Logic” tells us to yield ourself fully to it.
[Note: the only way to avoid an imperfect world - for a time - would be to never endow self awareness and reasoning?]
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
I got out the grill and plugged it in so it would warm up and made my batter. And behold, thus far it was all good.
The grill will hold eight pieces of bread so I got eight pieces of (stale or toasted) bread, stacked them, and dipped each one in the batter, and then put each one on the grill.
I have applied just the right amount of heat to brown the bread. Though one half of the grill will brown more so than the other. But being a rational creature, hubby will have the darker, his preference, and me the lighter.
I then flip every piece over.
And brown the other side of each one.
Then I remove each piece from the grill.. when done.
Yes this reminded me of what I think of as 3 R’s of Christian Universalism.
All humans are born and are fully dipped into the Adam flawed nature and character.
Thus all persons die.
Revelation tells us that all persons will be resurrected (via the two resurrections).
Following that pattern of all, Christian Universalism (CU), also called Universal Reconciliation (UR), claims the plan outlined in the Bible, says all will ultimately repent and all be reconciled to God. He shall be “all in all”. “All things made new.” ...”All things in heaven and earth gathered into Jesus”, etc. etc..
3 R’s - all Resurrected, all will Repent, all will be Reconciled to God.
As cook, I knew enough to dip, cook and flip all pieces of bread. If I’d left some in the batter, and then I flipped only some.. what kind of cook would I be!? And what a mess I would make. There is no doubt in my mind that God is a far better God than I am cook (believe me! I have messed up plenty of French toast in my day!)
Epilogue - with my left over batter, I cube some bread, some ham slices, some pineapple and some onion and mix it all in the batter, pour it into an oiled baking dish and cover with cheese and aluminum foil and put it in the fridge or freezer for another breakfast.
Motto: waste not, want not! (batter or ppl)
I am an im-perfect cook, but I simply cannot fathom, that there is any possibility, that God could be an imperfect God.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
I was thinking, after reading it this morning, that 2 Peter 1:1 - in the interlinear - is highly Christian Universalist.
Otherwise, it reads (NKJ for example):
- "Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.."
In the interlinear, it reads:
- "Simon Peter a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ to those who equally precious with ours having obtained a faith through [the] righteousness of the God of us and Savior Jesus Christ" - http://biblehub.com/interlinear/2_peter/1-1.htm
The words, "[the] righteousness" is from #G1343 - "dikaiosuné: righteousness, justice" and "(usually if not always in a Jewish atmosphere), justice, justness, righteousness, righteousness of which God is the source or author, but practically: a divine righteousness."
and "having obtained" is #G2975 - "lagchanó: to obtain by lot" (by a heavenly shake of the dice!)
- "Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness/justice of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.."
Now if "ones salvation is/was obtained by lot", and all others perish horribly forever and ever (as the mistranslation goes) how is that reflecting the justice and (utter) right-ness of God our heavenly Father?
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Isaiah 46:10 - I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure and purpose.. 11 ...I have purposed it, and I will do it.
Matthew 19:26 - with God all things are possible.
1 Corinthians 13:8 - Love never fails.
Verse one of Psalm 22, opens with the verse Jesus quoted when He was on the cross - "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?!"
And we've likely heard these following verses as fulfilled,
6 But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
12 Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
13 Roaring lions that tear their prey
open their mouths wide against me.
14 I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted within me.
15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
16 Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
Hebrews chapter 2 quotes verse 22, 11 ..Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12 He says, I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praise. (Psalm 22:22 I will declare Your name to My brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.)
And the verses (same psalm) to be yet fulfilled -
27 All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
will worship before him..
29 ..all who go down to the dust will kneel before him —
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Is it in the Scroll of God? The Bibles we read come from a long line. What once were scrolls written in Hebrew, and words spoken in Aramaic (the gospels) went through the Greek language and were likely Hellenized like most other things. Then there was the Latin. So the Hebrew "sheol" where there was "neither doing nor thought" became first "hades" (Greek) a "place of the dead" and then "inferno" (Roman). Then came Signor Dante with his entertaining tales (in the 1300's). This was after some Norse tribes had brought into the lands their slant on an afterlife, named Helheim, shortened to Hel. And then of course came along (1600's) good King James, whose heart was likely in the right place, it's just by then the culture was saturated with these other (nonbiblical) ideas.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
"Savior of the World" was one of the many things which was written about him.
But the world knew him not! And executed him on a tree called a cross.
"Pick up your cross and follow me" he said, "I make you fishers of men, throughout all the world, until I come again. The lion will eat straw like the ox, the bear will graze with the cow. The Father who sent me is greater than I."
"If I be lifted up from the Earth (on that tree) I will draw all to me. But each one in their own time, like three measures of meal. I being the Firstfruits, the first one of my Father, then those who rise and are vivified at my return.. Then the end, when I hand all things into the hands of my Father, and He shall be all, and in all." (see 1 Corinthians 15:22-28!)
"Yet once more shall the Earth be shaken and what will fall will fall. It's then to look up, for Earth's redemption draws nigh."
"Until then, come apart from the crowd, regularly, and through Me, enter the magic and miracle of My Father's Presence for strength, guidance and renewal. And always, for the light of love to guide you through each day."
"Until love be the ruling force, each one convinced.. and every little thing, forever, on its right course. A happily ever after that surpasses any fondest dream.
It will be a brand new day.
For one day soon, we will come to you, and with you we will stay".
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Today's Universal Reconciliation Affirmation
['Universalism', Universal Redemption (Repentance), Universal Salvation]
From Luke 4:18
.."to preach deliverance to the captives.."
"..Since the children have flesh and blood, he too.. so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death.. and free all those who through fear of death were held in bondage.."
"For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on all."
See this post (image) - http://gospel-truth4all.blogspot.com/2016/01/his-great-plan-of-salvation.html
Friday, June 3, 2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Sunday, January 31, 2016
They were unable to believe the good news of Messiah.
Now when Paul got to the next town he preached in, at the synagogue of Berea, "they were more noble, for they searched the scriptures daily to see if those things were so".
Is it too good to be true that God wishes all to be saved? Is it too hard to believe that His Word will return to Him fully accomplishing all which He desires and intends? Is it possible for a person, or persons, to conceive of a better outcome than God Almighty does? Is it possible for Him to be less than perfect? Does perfect lose anything? Make mistakes? Paul wrote to Timothy (1 Tim 4:10) "..to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe". And Jesus Himself said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth" (on the cross!) "will draw all men unto me". Is it really too good to be true? Is it truly easier to believe He will lose the majority of mankind? Will consign to annihilation, or worse, forever, even those who never heard the "good news"?
"Love never fails" - 1 Corinthians 13:8. Never, fails. All, should at least "search the scriptures" to see if it is really so. But! We need go back to the original words. The King's men (and others) have had a couple of preconceived notions. What does it hurt to search the scriptures to see what is so?
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Quintis Roscious Gallus, later called simply Roscious, lived in the years of 134 - 61 B.C. (or B.C.E). He was a slave who became an actor "for his master's profit". But he was able to buy his freedom and became a famous "tragedian and comedian".
I was looking something up in my 1952 edition of "The New Modern Encyclopedia" and noticed his name and read the small two sentence paragraph about him. He lived before the days of Jesus. How would he have ever heard the gospel message and believed on Jesus in order to be saved?
The idea that nature somehow communicates the gospel to all those who've never heard it? ...Just doesn't hold water. There should be no going beyond the Word of God! The translators (men) have erred in some ways from the original languages of God's Word to us.
We can find Strong's numbers here, for the original words:
And their meanings here - may have to scroll past the translations:
Acts 17:11 - "These were more noble ..in that they searched the scriptures daily.. whether those things were so."
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Friday, December 18, 2015
Acts 13:48 - New International Version (NIV)
"When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed."
Acts 13:48 - Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
"And the nations hearing were glad, and were glorifying the word of the Lord, and did believe -- as many as were appointed to life age-during."
from - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=acts%2013:48&version=NIV;NKJV;KJV;AMPC;YLT
The original word which was translated "eternal" in the NIV and "age-during" in the Young's Literal is:
"aionios - G166 - from 165 - aion - an age"
The Strong's Concordance (the book) adds "by extension perpetuity.. by implication the world.. age, course, eternal, (for) ever (more)..." all the way to "began, without end"
And an online version (of Strong's) says this -
From G165; perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well)
KJV Usage: eternal, for ever, everlasting, world (began).
Totally leaving out "age" from the Greek word "aion".
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Or so the word of God tells us.. To put on the armor of God and take up truth which is called His Sword.. But that sword must be sharp! It must be Truth and only Truth! (Surely?:)
We have one law. Worship the Father. Love Him. And any time He gathers us in His embrace we yield, yield, always unto Him.. Blessed are they who dwell under the shadow of the Almighty!
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Here's a bit of my story.. Back in 1979 while in the Rocky Mountains I discovered God. It was a pretty cool experience. And after that the only dysfunction left has been in my favor! No churches for me. Hallelujah, because they've got so much of it wRong! The stories of those days in '79 are pretty interesting. But most interesting is when my son was 16. In 1996, he asked me two questions. I wasn't real happy with my answers, so I asked for better ones. It wasn't the first time I asked for a real clear understanding of things. I was a pretty solid believer, but after the answers came back like three 'bams'! Wow. Knocked my socks off. And all these years later.. still knocked off.
The questions he asked were "Why was the tree of knowing good and evil in the garden?" and "Isn't it great we get to be an ant farm!" ("A cynic is a disappointed idealist.")
The first answer that came to my mind was that God is life itself, the breath, spark and force (be with us!) And that he can only be perfect. Or he too would fade (2nd law of science. Presently.)
I could see that before God ever did any creating he could see all possibilities and their results stretched out 360 degrees in front of his sight 'like a floating ethereal blanket'. And that he has done all things in just the way he has in order to bring about the best of all possibilities.
Then I realized that when God endowed thinking ability (to angel and man) a whole new world (or tree) of potentials came to be. Because it's only logic, you see, that with rationality will come, sooner or later, the ability to make choices.
Strangely, my whole 'bam!' experience (download from God, to borrow someone else's words) ended with a question - why did God (Yahweh) wait so-very-long and only create the universe and man and woman, not only after the first bound-to-occur rebel thought ocurred, but after it had progressed into outright trickey and sedition? Didn't he know what would happen?
Of course He did! And here's the paradox - for God? - Once one chooses anything in any tiny way which difffers with what He chooses, they become imperfect, the opposite of life. Hence - the world as we presently know it, death, and all suffer, some horribly. But God, being life, lives through, suffers and experiences it all! Why would he put himslf through all that? Because he's not creating robots or an ant farm, but an un-breakable paradise and a family of many beautiful branches. Un-breakable because etched deeply upon every heart and mind will be the full knowing and complete understanding that one cannot wander away from God, for to do so can only ever end in a puff of self destructive smoke (apocalypse/nonlife). He's letting the ability to choose run its course and has only interfered a few times. Mostly by building in the rescue "from the foundation"/beginning.
He waited (so very long) so all "in heaven and earth" would take this unavoidable journey (and lesson) all together. Or else one would wander away now, another later and another still later.. taking virtually 'for ever'. Unavoidable, if there's to be the ability to think and ponder and analyze that is!
Mostly what I learned is because He is perfect, the 'end' result can only be the best one possible.
Before and since then by continuing my studies I've learned all references to a 'hell' in the Bible are mistranslations and misunderstandings. Mostly from the Greek, there's no 'hell' in the Old Testament (except for in the King James). And I've learned that Judgment Day will be rather - Atonement Day, for all who didn't have one previously. If Christ is the Passover Lamb - Spring Holy Days fulfilled by His first advent - then the Fall Holy Days, Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles will be fulfilled by his long second advent.
Jesus said "If I be lifted up from the earth" (on a cross, an image strong enough to pierce every psyche) "I will draw all to me". [John 12:32] Psalm 22:27 says "all the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all families of the nations will rejoice before Him". And 1 Timothy 4:10 says "God is the savior of all". And there's plenty of folks who believe these verses and many others like them. Tentmaker.org, for instance, has a lot of U.R. (universal redemption) articles and information, and an interesting discussion forum.
Take care and God bless!
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