Here is a brief
presentation of seven topics and Scripture texts which explain the
ultimate purpose for which God has created the universe. It is
primarily from the pen of the apostle Paul that we have these absolute
declarations concerning God's wonderful objective to become All in all
In Col.1:25, Paul tells us that he was
granted to complete the word of God. We cannot find the complete
picture of God's purpose in the other parts of Scripture.
For us to properly appreciate God's
beneficial aim for His creation, we must rightly divide the word of
God as we are admonished to do in 2Tim 2:15: "Study to show
thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth".
This basically means that it is required to
properly distinguish between God's dealings with Israel, where it is
shown that humanity in the flesh cannot please God; and His dealings
with the nations, where it is shown what He will eventually
accomplish, through Christ Jesus, for those on the earth and
those in the heavens (cf Col.1:20).
It will be helpful, to briefly
consider the following, seven, very important topics:
|1) God created
|2) God operates
|3) God will justify
|4) God will reconcile
|5) God will save
|6) God will vivify
|7) God will subject
God Created ALL
For many, it is difficult to accept that God
created ALL, including the evil, as well as the good. Yet, such
is what Scripture tells us. This makes it self-evident that God needs
both, evil and good, to achieve His goal, in order to become ALL in
all! The following three texts show us that ALL is created out of God.
"Seeing that OUT
and THROUGH HIM
and FOR HIM
is all: to Him be the Glory for the eons! Amen!" (Rom.11:36)
(Concordant Literal Version).
". . . nevertheless for us there is One God, the
Father, OUT OF WHOM
ALL IS" (1Cor.8:6). (CLV)
"I form the light, and CREATE
DARKNESS: I make peace, and CREATE
EVIL: I the LORD do all these things" (Isa
God Operates All
That God operates all is
of great comfort to us, for this, in itself, is assurance that
our God, Who is love, will operate all to His Glory and for our well
being. Everything and everybody depends on God's operations, as the
following texts show:
"Moreover, from the eon I am He, and
there is no rescuing from My hand. I
WILL CONTRIVE, and who will reverse it?" (Isa.43:13).
". . . in Him in Whom our lot was cast also, being
designated beforehand according to the purpose of the One WHO
IS OPERATING ALL in accord with the counsel of
His will" (Eph.1:11).
"Seeing that out of Him and THROUGH HIM
and for Him is all: to Him be the Glory for the eons!
God Will Justify All
A very important part of
God's operation is that He will justify all. In ourselves we are
sinners, but through the suffering and death of Christ on the Cross,
God will grant to all, His righteousness. The following Scriptures
testify to this glorious truth:
"Yet now, apart from law, a
righteousness of God is manifested ... a
righteousness of God through Jesus Christ's faith, FOR
ALL, and on all who are believing, for there is
no distinction" (Rom.3:21-22).
"For the love of Christ is constraining us, judging
this, that, if One died for the sake of all, consequently
all died" (2Cor.5:14).
" ... one who dies HAS BEEN JUSTIFIED
from Sin" (Rom.6:7).
"Consequently, then, as it was through one offense for
all mankind for condemnation, thus also it is through one
just award for all mankind FOR LIFE'S
God Will Reconcile All
Besides justifying all,
God will reconcile all. Reconciliation brings us into a much
closer relationship to God than justification alone, because it
completely removes any feelings of enmity and estrangement. This
powerful declaration is of great comfort and encouragement to us. The scope
of reconciliation is universal as the following text clearly
"... and through Him [Christ] TO
RECONCILE ALL to Him [God] (making peace
through the blood of His cross), through Him, whether
those on the earth or those in the heavens" (Col.1:20).
God Will Save All
The salvation of all is a
blessing that belongs inseparably with the justification and
reconciliation of all. It is a vital part of the great objective which
God, our Father, accomplishes through His Son, Christ Jesus.
"FAITHFUL IS THE
SAYING, AND WORTHY OF ALL WELCOME, that Christ
Jesus came into the world to save sinners . . ."
It does not say that Jesus
came into the world to try to save sinners, or to give sinners a
chance to be saved. No, He came to save sinners, and He will
accomplish it most perfectly!
If God wills something, who can hinder? (cp.
|". . . for this is ideal and welcome in
the sight of our Saviour, God, WHO
WILLS THAT ALL MANKIND BE SAVED AND COME INTO A REALIZATION
OF THE TRUTH." (1Tim. 2:3,4)
IS THE SAYING AND WORTHY OF ALL WELCOME, (for for
this are we toiling and being reproached), that we rely on
the living GOD, Who is THE SAVIOUR
OF ALL MANKIND, especially of believers. These
things be charging and teaching." (1Tim.4:9-11)
In verse 10 it does not
say exclusively, but especially. Yes, believers do have
a special salvation, but salvation is not exclusively
theirs alone. God's plan and purpose includes the salvation of all
mankind, for God wills all mankind to be saved (cf
1Tim2:4). Why do Christian Churches, in general, not charge and
teach this, as Scripture admonishes it to be done (1
"And He [Christ] is the propitiation
for our sins: and not for ours [believers] only, but ALSO
FOR THE WHOLE WORLD." (1 John
"And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent
his Son to be THE SAVIOR
OF THE WORLD." (1John 4:14)
Once more, we have the
assurance that Christ Jesus is the Saviour of the world. It
does not say that He is merely the potential or possible
Saviour of the world. No, these Scriptural statements are positive
and straightforward, FULL OF GOOD
God Will Vivify All
To everyone, God will give
life that is beyond the reach of death -- life that is immortal and
incorruptible, full of joy and glory! How marvelous that vivification
is clearly stated in the Scriptures.
"For even as, in Adam, all are
dying, thus also, IN CHRIST,
SHALL ALL BE VIVIFIED" (1Cor.15:22)
"Thus it is written also, The first man, Adam, became
a living soul: "the last Adam A
"The LAST ENEMY that shall
be destroyed is death" (1Cor.15:26).
God Will Subject All
subjection to God, is the proper, normal, natural, and agreeable
relationship of the creature to his Creator. Any other relationship
would be contrary to God's glory and our well being. The following
Scriptures indicate the importance and reality of such a future
"Now, WHENEVER ALL
MAY BE SUBJECTED TO HIM,
then the Son Himself also shall be subjected to Him Who
subjects all to Him, that God may be All in all"
Please notice that all
these absolute Scriptural declarations lead to the GRAND
CLIMAX that God may be ALL in all! (1Cor.15:28c).
Now, already, unknown to most, it is
profoundly true that in Him [God] we live, and move, and
have our being (Acts 17:28). At the
consummation of the eons, this will be one of the greatest and most
wonderful truths of which we will, then, be deeply conscious, and in
which we will wholeheartedly rejoice and exult, for all eternity! Not
until then, does LIFE AND TRUE LIVING
begin, for all! This is the wonderful consequence and deep
significance of God becoming ALL in all!
In the meantime, a full, Scripturally
based knowledge that ALL IS FOR GOD
(1Cor.8:6; Rom.11:36) is the most powerful and
potent medicine ever provided for sorrowing and dying humanity.
To the living God,
Who is the Saviour of all mankind;
out of Whom and through Whom and for Whom is all,
To Him Be All the Glory !