I was reading, aloud to a friend, a story which told
of the efforts of two men to rescue from savages, an American girl who
had been captured by them when she was an infant. there were
hair-raising scenes, and many dangers. Not only were the savages
unwilling to part with her, but the girl., having known nothing except
life with them, was not willing to be rescued.
As I read, my friend despaired of a happy ending to
the story. How could the mission of the kind men be accomplished,
when everything was against them - savages, a girl who loved her
captivity, wild beasts, rugged country which was unfamiliar to the
But I only smiled at his fears. You see, I had
read the story before. I was acquainted with it. I knew
there would be a happy ending. I knew I would come to that part
where the men showed the captive beautiful clothing and the possibility
of a happy marriage and children of her own - white children. I
knew that her reluctance would turn to willing co-operation, and that
the men would succeed. I knew it because I was acquainted with the
We may find a parallel to this, in the attitude of
those who do not know the word of God, and those who DO know it.
The former are in despair, notwithstanding their apparent brave
front. We know that their talk of a better world is like a
frightened person whistling as he passes a graveyard at night.
Most men have sense enough to know that man has reached the limit of his
capacity for good, and that almost his every move is toward
destruction. Men's hearts are failing them because of fear of what
is coming on the earth. Thoughts of the atomic bomb is a daily
nightmare to statesmen and military men.
But those who know the word of 'God are not
fearful. let conditions be ever so bad, they know not only that
God can cope with it, but also that He is the First Cause of it.
Conditions are carrying out His plan - working toward the fulfillment of
The story was fiction. The author created the
bad scenes. He manufactured the dangers. He deliberately had
the girl unwilling to be rescued. But his reputation as a writer
of stories would have been ruined if he had let matters go on in this
direction. His own reputation demanded that, just when all was
apparently lost, the story take a turn "for the better," and
that it end in glorious triumph.
God is not a writer of fiction. But do we not
know that His reputation is at stake? Do we not know that it
accords with His purpose to have conditions become so bad that men will
despair, and then gloriously turn it all to good, and bring about a
If nothing were involved except our own reputation,
it is questionable if He would brother with it. But He is the
Disposer. In the great post-eoning time, not we, but He, will be
on trial. Everything must be such as to justify His claims to
being good, powerful, full of grace, and able to remove sin from the
universe, and give life and righteousness that will have no
When the scripture tells us, "Out of Him and
through Him and for Him is all," it means just that.
A-L-L! This passage is found in Romans 11:36. The background
of this statement is unmistakably designed to stop us from saying that
"some, but not all, is out of Him." Read the
chapter. The bad, as well as the good is mentioned.
Blindness, as well as sight. Stubbornness, as well as
compliance. Unbelief, as well as faith. ALL comes because He is
the First Cause, no matter what may be the immediate cause. All is
through Him - that is, He is the Channel - no matter what may be
apparent to our senses as a more immediate channel. All is for Him - that
is, He will use all to His glory - even if men do think that much of it
is detrimental to the purpose of God.
Men tell us that if this is true, God's claim to hate
sin is a falsehood. It is? I went out today and dug around
my fruit trees and put fertilizer at the roots. I HATE that
job. I don't love it even a little. But it is in accord with
my purpose. I am looking to the results. It is true that God
hates sin - He hates it enough that He sacrificed His Son, to put it our
of the universe. But sin is in accord with His purpose. He
is looking to that great future when mankind will love Him in a way that
will satisfy His loving heart - a condition that could never exist
unless men are lost in sin and then rescued from it. Sin will be
put away when it has served its purpose. It is not to be here
Looking at conditions in the world at present, it is
not God's intention that men shall build such a post-war world as they
have dreamed of. God would get no glory in this way. Men
would claim all the credit. The present so-called
civilization of the world must be torn down - destroyed. Then God
will, as a step on His way to universal perfection, build a civilization
that Will glorify Him.
But, as I said, this is only a step on the way to His
goal, THAT civilization will fall after a thousand years. But His
ultimate will be achieved in His own time - the reconciliation of all on
the earth and the heavens, through the blood of the cross, Colossians
1:20. Then He will be All in all, First Corinthians 15:28.
This will be at the consummation. And it will be the consummation
of His purpose.
Men love to calumniate this teaching, saying it means
that God will save people against their will. It means no such
thing. Are they so weak in intellect as to think that God, Who
created man, cannot create conditions that will make him amicable.
No one hated Jesus Christ more than did Saul of Tarsus. A question
asked in gentle tones, "Saul, Saul! Why are you persecuting
Me?" was all that was necessary to make the heart of the persecutor
love the Christ. WHY was he persecuting Him? Under the power
of that gentle inquiry, Saul could not think of one good reason for what
he was doing. Instead, he say the sinfulness of it, and never in
all His life did he want to do anything, more than he wanted, in a
moment, to do the Lord's bidding.
That is the way He calls us. We are not forced
to love Him against our will, but He creates conditions that change our
will. He doesn't fail. He knows just how to do it, in every
Israel, as a nation, will be ready and willing to
have the Son of David as its king, when He gets ready for this to occur.
The fires of persecution through which the nation has gone for
centuries, make then long for ease; but their longing does not include
Christ. However, in that day when He pours out on them the spirit
of grace, they will acclaim Him as their king. They will remember
the nation's rejection of Him, and will see that in spite of this, He is
No doubt the world dictator will so vex the world of
mankind that the nations, (non-Israelites), will gladly turn to Him as
the Son of Mankind, and they will be glad to have Him as their Dictator.
And in the judging in front of the great white
throne, all who are judged will be intensely anxious to be
Yes, the story will have a happy ending. We who
are acquainted with the story can anticipate this happy ending. We
do it by faith.
But we do not condone the wrong things that men
do. They do not have the glory of God in view. They are
criminals. We nave no power to turn evil into good.
Therefore, we cannot justify them. Justification is in the hand of
God. He has promised that al mankind shall have life's justifying,
If all is out of God, how can He punish
sinners? Let's leave that word out, since it is not found in the
story of the white throne, "Judging," is the word . It
is God's means of ironing out all inequalities of conduct and
disposition. And when it is all over, those who will have been in
the judgment will thank God that matters were set right through this
medium. For all judging takes account of conduct, both good
and bad. No one will object to the judging, when they see what it
does. It sets right that which was wrong and unequal.
But it does not save. Only the blood of Christ
can do this.
The new meeting house in Glennville is
completed. We are using some very uncomfortable seats, temporarily.
It is our intention to purchase better pews as soon as possible.
Everything is paid for, so far. We will need money for the
Let me take this opportunity to thank al who have
donated to the building, and to pray God's blessings on them.
I thank God and you!