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The Restitution Of All Things

I just beheld a moving sight today. A young lad was born colour blind. He has never seen colour ever . It is impossible for me to conceive of never seeing the vast array of colour, of not seeing at all.

Dear friends, the Restitution of all things you may not see yet, but rest assured there are colours in our Father’s World. Those colours are in a vast array that when once your eyes are opened you will not know how to respond but in deep sobs of Holy>>>Holy>>>Holy.

God’s Ultimate Intention -Dr. Albert Jenke-

"Law and Grace" , by Andrew Jukes

From the Writings of William Law

"ALL-In-ALL" , by A. E. Knoch

A Study In Job and Jonah

"Christ Triumphant" , by Thomas Allin

TRUTH vs. "Sacred Cows"

Prelude and Summary

Paul’s Soaring Logic

To “Seek” – Or To SAVE

"Holiness Of God" , by R. C. Sproul

"Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow"

Scripture Reference and Major Premise Outline

Universalism: The Prevailing Doctrine Of The Christian Church During Its First Five Hundred Years … by J.W. HANSON, D.D.

Excerpt from “Christ Triumphant” — the true meaning of the words “Aion” and “Aionios” … by Thomas Allin

Book “Christ Triumphant” … by Thomas Allin

Book “Restitution of All Things” … by Andrew Jukes

Growth In the Realization of God … by James Coram

The Recognition of Universal Reconciliation … by Ernest L. Martin

"Calvin and Election" , by Dr. C.D. Cole

THE GRANDEUR OF GOD’S PURPOSE

Scene 5

Now a much more restricted scene greets our eyes. We are in a garden, in which God has placed His most recent creation, man. There is a grandeur in man’s creation which is not shared by other beings, either spirit (angelic) or fleshly (animal). For man (humanity) was created in the image and likeness of his Creator.

In Colossians 1:15, and also in 2 Corinthians 4:4, Christ is portrayed as the Image of God. No other being in the celestial realms is so described. There is something very wonderful indeed in the fact that humanity was created in the image of the Alueim. This was in order that Christ Himself, God’s true Image, might eventually appear in the likeness of humanity without losing His likeness to God, and that ultimately all might be made subject to Him as the Head of the new humanity (Heb.2:8).

Man was made some bit inferior to heavenly messengers, but wreathed with glory and honor (Psa.8:5; Heb.2:7).

But how man has abused that glory and that honor! For into this garden scene of Eden, sin found an entry through the first man’s disobedience, and subsequently swept like a plague through all his descendants, so that Paul, thousands of years later, could only sum up the position by saying that “all sinned and are wanting of the glory of God” (Rom.3:23).

It is interesting to note that the deception in the Garden of Eden was accomplished through one of the creatures, a serpent, over which Adam had been given dominion. If man could not control one of the lower animals, how could God possibly bring about the subjection of all to humanity? Truly Satan had attacked God’s purposes on a vital issue, but could not inflict a mortal wound. Though Adam might die as a result of his disobedience, and though a second Man, the last Adam, might also die because of His obedience, God will still make all to be subject to Christ as the Head of the new humanity.

God formed man of the soil of the ground, and by so doing, and, at the same time, creating him in His own image and likeness, God clearly showed His intention of developing His purpose through humanity and on this earth – this speck of dust in the universe.

From now on, the heavens recede into the background. Later on, we shall find that they return in full measure into the picture. Actually, of course, they are always there, and every now and then some of their inhabitants come into the scene, as, for instance, at the birth of the Lord; but, by and large, they become watchers–witnesses of God’s purpose being enacted upon this earth. Some of them (and particularly the Adversary himself) try to interfere with God’s arrangements; but such interference is always limited and subject to God’s overriding control, as was evidenced in the case of Job. -John Essex-

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The Herald Of God’s Grace Website

The Herald Of God’s Grace

Library of articles regarding the salvation & reconciliation of ALL mankind

There is one iron clad road to grasping what is described as a “mystery” in the Scripture. One takes the Scripture into his closest closet, shuts the door, leaves the door shut and listens to what the Spirit is saying. You may be required to stay up all night, perhaps many nights as you and the Mighty One wrestle.

Mystery = musterion =

Not the mysterious, but that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by Divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God, and to those only who are illumined by His Spirit.

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“Any true definition of Christian Universalism MUST INCLUDE THE BELIEF that God is all Sovereign, loving, powerful, wise, just, and ultimately rules over everything. It MUST ALSO INCLUDE the belief that salvation is only by faith in God and was finalized by Jesus Christ “who gave Himself a ransom for all” (1 Tim 2:6). The definition of Christian Universalism DOES INCLUDE THE BELIEF that God “will have all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4).”

No more let sin and sorrow grow, nor thorns infest the ground, He comes to make His blessings flow FAR AS THE CURSE IS FOUND.

"Curse = katathema = an accursed thing

"Curse = anathematizo = devoted to destruction

" No more" = meketi = no further

“Sin” = hamartia = Missing the mark

Death = thanatos = separation from God

Vanity = mataiotes = empty

100 Reasons God will save all mankind.

https://www.mercyuponall.org/2017/01/09/thomas-whittemore-100-scriptural-proofs-that-jesus-christ-will-save-all-mankind/

Dr. Marvin Vincent

Vincent’s Word Studies Index

A.T. Robertson Word Pictures

Overview - Robertson’s Word Pictures of the New Testament

Robertson’s Word Pictures of the New Testament Bible Commentary

Big bad Beware ! !

“By the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” -Plan A-

Alternate plan =

By the offence of one judgment came upon some men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon some men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience all were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall some be made righteous."

Big bad gigantic Beware ! ! !

Humongous

God our Saviour is 100 % SUCCESSFUL.

Plan A =

“God IS the Saviour of ALL mankind, especially those who believe/ trust in Him.”

Alternate plan =

There is NO alternate plan. NONE!

Pay no attention to the Heavenly Anthem of the angelic Host.

The good news is not for “pas”, but only “tis”.

Plan A=

" Behold we bring you good tidings of great joy which will be for pas/ all people."

Alternate plan =

" Behold we bring you good tidings of great joy which will be for tis/some people."

The Lord Jesus Christ proclaims>>>

Plan A =

“When I am lifted up…I will draw/ drag off in power/ ALL (pas) mankind unto Me.”

alternate plan =

When I am lifted up…I will draw/ drag off in power/ some (tis) mankind unto Me."

“By the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

Dear Saint Paul: Are you discombobulated? Surely those dirty rotten sinners will never be made righteous!

Plan A =

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all/pas should come to repentance.”

Alternate plan =

The Lord is not longsuffering and is expecting the vast majority of His broken children to perish and never come to repentance.

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Dear friend: Welcome to a link that declares our God successful in His call to a broken creation. His Reach is not unsuccessful in the slightest degree, He accomplishes what has always been at-one-ment!

The risen Christ preaches to the dead

“Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which also he went and preached to the spirits in prison; which once were disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was in preparation, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water… for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”

Note:

  1. These individuals were “disobedient” & judged accordingly as “men in flesh”.

  2. The outcome of Jesus Christ ministering to these disobedient “dead” = "live according to God in the spirit.”

zao =

Zao - New Testament Greek Lexicon - King James Version

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Archegos & Prodromos, has a stacked deck. He not only undoes the fall of Adam, He does it with flair!

In Hebr. 9.14 His blood is posus mallon. In Rom. 11.24 the wild & natural olive branches are in the same posus mallon dimension.

Yes, and this majestic Prince-Leader of Reconciliation not only undoes the despair of Adam, He does it posus mallon!

Mallon =

More.

To a greater degree by far.

Jesus Christ IS the Mallon Saviour of the all

The purpose of God has always been one of recovery. Sin entered the world by one single act of disobedience. Thru that one act the entire human race has been “made sinners”. Our Heavenly Father has a perfect solution, the same mass of mankind made sinners are destined to be “made righteous.”

Please note:

Not saved ONLY, made righteous in every last fibre of our manifold nature!

https://www.thebvbs.com/quotes

This is from today’s CAC newsletter.

Summary: An Evolving Faith

A Universal Pattern
Monday, December 30, 2019

Christ is before all things, and in Christ all things hold together. — Colossians 1:17

Anything called “Good News” needs to reveal a universal pattern that can be relied upon, and not just clannish patterns that might be occasionally true. This is probably why Christianity’s break with ethnic Judaism was inevitable, although never intended by either Jesus or Paul, and why by the early second century Christians were already calling themselves “catholics” or “the universals.” They believed God is leading all of history somewhere larger and broader and better for all of humanity. Yet, after Jesus and Paul—except for occasional theologians like Gregory of Nyssa, Athanasius, Maximus the Confessor, and Francis of Assisi—the most widely accepted version of Christianity had little to do with the cosmos, creation, nature, or even history. Our beliefs did not generally talk about the future, except in terms of judgment and apocalypse. This is no way to guide history forward. It is certainly no way to give humanity hope, purpose, direction, or joy.

Christianity puts itself in a limited and precarious position when it is tied to any culture-bound Jesus or an expression of faith that does not include the Eternal Christ. Without a universal story line that offers grace and caring for all of creation, Jesus is kept small and seemingly inept. God’s care must be toward all creatures, or God ends up not being very caring at all, making things like water, trees, animals, and history itself accidental, trivial, or disposable. But grace is not a late arrival, appearing only two thousand years ago when Jesus came, or when a few lucky humans read his words in the Bible. God’s grace cannot be a random problem-solver doled out to the few and the virtuous—or it is hardly grace at all! (See Ephesians 2:7-10 if you want the radical meaning of grace summed up in three succinct verses.)

For me, a true comprehension of the full Christ Mystery is the key to the foundational reform of the Christian religion. Understanding the expansive reality of Christ will move us beyond any attempts to corral or capture God into our exclusive group. As the New Testament dramatically puts it, “Before the world was made, we have been chosen in Christ . . . claimed as God’s own, and chosen from the very beginning” (Ephesians 1:4, 11) “so that God could bring everything together, in heaven and on earth, as a plan for the fullness of times” (1:10). If all of this is true, we have a theological basis for a very natural religion that includes everybody. The problem was solved from the beginning.

Gateway to Presence:
If you want to go deeper with today’s meditation, take note of what word or phrase stands out to you. Come back to that word or phrase throughout the day, being present to its impact and invitation.

Adapted from Richard Rohr, The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe (Convergent: 2019), 21, 97-98.

Image credit: Healing of a Bleeding Woman (detail), Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter, Rome, Italy.

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Larger > > > Broader > > > Better

This for me sums up what is Father’s wonderful Plan.

Universal Restoration

“The shape of creation must somehow mirror and reveal the shape of the Creator. We must have a God at least as big as the universe, or else our view of God becomes irrelevant, constricted, more harmful than helpful. The Christian image of a torturous hell, and God as a petty tyrant, has not helped us to know, trust, or love God in any way. God ends up being less loving than most people we know. At this point in history most Christians have been preconditioned by a cheap story line of retributive justice, and no one told them about the much more profound Biblical notion of restorative justice. Those attracted to the common idea of hell operate out of a scarcity model, where there is not enough Divine Love to transform, awaken, and save. The dualistic mind is literally incapable of thinking any notion of infinity, limitlessness, or eternity.” -Richard Rohr-

Continued > > >

Richard Rohr’s Meditation: Universal Restoration.

This is from today’s CAC newsletter. Let me quote an interesting part.

We need to celebrate the best that each tradition can bring—I want the fire of the Pentecostals, the love of Scripture of the Lutherans, the political imagination of the Anabaptists, the roots of the Orthodox, the mystery of the Catholics, and the zeal of the Evangelicals.

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Universal Restoration

The reason why I do not conceive that “forever and ever” doth intend endless duration is because I find the words as often used for times and periods that must have an end, as you find them used for the misery of the wicked. You bring three passages which are all that are to be found in the whole Bible where they are used in that sense; I shall now invalidate those evidences for endless damnation by bringing an equal number of texts where you will allow the words are used in a limited sense. Is. 30:8; Jer. 7:7; Jer. 25:5.

These passages are as many and as strongly expressed as those which you brought to prove endless misery; and yet nothing can be more evident than that they cannot intend endless duration. The words do not necessarily imply that the wicked shall never be delivered from their sins and consequent suffering.

Now if the words “forever and ever” signify without end, then there is a contradiction that cannot be reconciled, but only understand them as the ages of the ages, (as indeed they ought to be rendered), and the whole difficulty vanishes at once.” -Elhanan Winchester –

Elhanan Winchester | American preacher and revivalist

Elhanan Winchester: The Gospel Preached by the Apostles (1788) | Mercy Upon All

There are a number of other words that hold some lustre for the Restitution of the all.

Restoration =

An act of restoring.

The condition of being restored.

To bring back to a former position or condition.

To restore to an unimpaired position or condition.

Definition of QUITTANCE

A discharge from a debt.

God’s working to square the all =

Exactly adjusted : precisely constructed or aligned.

To regulate or adjust to His standard or principle.

To set right.

To bring into agreement. (At-one-ment)

To agree precisely (with nothing intervening).

To bring into accord & harmony.

To redress =

To correct & put right a wrong action.

To correct a wrong that has been done.

To mend a wrong that has been done.

“He made known to us the secret of His will. And this is in harmony with God’s merciful purpose for the government of the world when the times are ripe for it–the purpose which He has cherished in His own mind of restoring the whole creation to find its one Head in Christ; yes, things in Heaven and things on earth, to find their one Head in Him.”

What does restore mean?

Pokathistemi, or the alternative form apokathistano is used to determine a restoration to a former condition of health.

OR

As John Mllton said “Paradise regained.”