The Restitution Of All Things


Eternal Death----WHAT!!!

What a concept; Eternal death; Wow! Death that just keeps going on and on and on without end. Infinite death. Now THAT’S crediting death with a lot of power, especially considering that scripture credits Jesus with destroying him who has the power of death, and that death, the last enemy shall be destroyed. I think it was while reading a study Bible with notes by Dr. Charles Ryrie—a very respected scholar at least within the Dispensationalist wing of western Evangelicalism—when I first ran across the notion that, while all men, without Christ, are dead in trespasses and sins, that state of death becomes eternal when they die without receiving Christ as Lord and Savior. This was given as the meaning of the second death in Revelation.

Think about that: Imagine that scenario.

Death existing along with life for all eternity. Though Paul saw the Day when God will become all in all, it seems – according to the above theory – that there’s going to be another all where not only will God not be all, but His arch enemy, death, will have its own kingdom where it will reign forever. They’re not talking about death as annihilation, they’re talking about an eternal state of anti-life existence without love, without grace, without mercy, abandoned by God to eternal darkness.

Stand this nonsense up against Jesus’ claim that He is making ALL THINGS NEW.

The re-making of all things new is by His resurrection life. THAT life, not death, goes on and on and on eternally. It’s life that goes on and on, not death. To understand the operation of death, as opposed to life, our focus must be upon Jesus’ experience of death, whose death is inclusive of all death. Yes, that’s what the Bible clearly teaches. Christ died for all, the just for the unjust that He might bring us to God. Possibly the most important verse in the Bible for explaining how Christ’s death relates to all mankind’s death, is found in 2Cor. 5:14. Nearly every translation that I’m familiar with renders this verse with greater clarity than the KJV.

This is Paul’s explanation from the Amplified Version of how Christ’s death relates to all mankind’s death:

“For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us, because we are of the opinion and conviction that [if] One died for all, then all died.” That’s what it means that Christ died for us all. We needed to die, finally, once for all; no more dying, so the death of all the generations past, present and future met its destiny in Christ, and death finally, fully died. You see, life is lived, and death is died. “For in that He died, he died unto sin once; but in that He lives, He lives unto God (Rom. 6:10).” The destiny of death is not to go on and on eternally.

The destiny of death is to die, finally.

God’s warning to Adam and Eve, in the original Hebrew was, “…dying, thou shalt surely die.” Get that. Not dying, thou shalt continue to die without end; “dying, thou shalt surely DIE.” Death doesn’t terminate life. Life terminates death. “Death is swallowed up of life,” through Christ’s resurrection. The Source of death’s finality is the same as the Source of life’s continuance: Jesus Christ our Lord, crucified, buried and risen.

As I recall–not having it with me at the time of this writing—the NAS translation of Rom. 6:10, makes very clear how death and life work, and Jonathan Mitchell includes it as an alternate rendering. From the NAS: “For the death He died, He died to sin once; but the life He lives, He lives unto God.” Ah! There it is. …“the death He died, He died…but life He lives, He lives…” Death is died; life is lived. Jesus gathered together all death into His death, and now lives, and " It’s not that He merely lived; HE LIVES, and we live in and with Him. As the lyrics go to that beautiful gospel hymn, Because He Lives: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow; because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives.”

As death came through one man, spreading to all men, so death has come to its end in One Man.

According to Paul in Colossians, all mankind shall be gathered together in Christ, for He sums up in Himself all humanity, as He is the fullness of the Godhead bodily. To extol the power of death, as does much of pseudo-orthodox Christianity, is an affront to the power of Christ’s resurrection. The effect is the same as saying to our Lord, “yes, You live forever, but death is your equal match. It has the same power as your life.”

-John Gavazzoni-


George Macdonald’s Universalist Point of View

One unusual perspective on salvation comes from storyteller George Macdonald (well respected by C.S. Lewis), who asserts with some force that salvation will be universal. His viewpoint was formulated in reaction to the overwhelmingly Calvinist religious atmosphere of his day and age.

I am currently reading through his ‘Unspoken Sermons’, but a fair summary of Macdonald’s message can be found here:

George MacDonald and The Larger Hope, Part 1

George MacDonald and The Larger Hope, Part 2

I am not at the stage where I can agree or disagree with Macdonald’s Universalism. It is difficult to dismiss, however, given the amount of thought Macdonald had put into his interpretation.

However, the unexpected thing that George Macdonald’s perspective helped to justify was not this or the other view on the promise of salvation in the New Testament, but rather the appropriateness of God’s utter wrath on occasion in the Old Testament. (Something that many perspectives on God seem to de-emphasize, or otherwise have severe trouble with.) Or, rather, Macdonald presents a picture of the cause and purpose of God’s wrath, which to my mind brings the following passage from Ezekiel 16:

Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest mine.

Coming as it does in the midst of a multi-chapter litany against Israel’s iniquities, the imagery seems to suggest that God’s wrath against Israel is a function of God’s love, not something separate from it.

A very different sense from a doctrine of the elect, who are spared God’s wrath, and the damned, who receive it for their ultimate worthlessness!


Thomas Talbott

The Inescapable Love of God

Chapter 3=

Chapter 5=

Chapter 11=

From Him ta panta, through Him ta panta, in Him ta panta

Ta panta= the all

Source, Guide, Goal of ta panta


Alex. Thomson is a caliber individual in koine. I believe he had considerable input in the following quality translation>>>>>>

Concordant Literal N.T.…tament-online/

Alex. Thomson…n-of-time.html

Ta panta…-ta-panta.html


“Some have asked what good does it do to believe that God will save all men. You might as well ask what good it does to believe that God will save some men… Every evangelist believes that it is God’s will to save some men during this present time, or he would not be an evangelist. And if a man does not believe that God will save any men past this present age, what does he expect to be doing in the ages to come? To what end, then, is such a man’s “sonship” ministry? Why strive and labor to be a Son, to set creation free, if what God is accomplishing in redemption during this present age is all there is…If there is no out-working of redemption in the ages to come, no extension, nor expansion of the kingdom of God beyond the formation of the Body of Christ, they why not settle for the fundamentalist’s version of heaven and content ourselves with spending eternity shouting up and down the golden streets, waving palm branches and strumming harps?” -Preston Eby

J. Preston Eby


God In Creation>>>Redemption>>>Judgment>>>Consummation -A.E. Saxby-

“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” -Romans 5.19-

" For even as, through the disobedience of the one man, the many were constituted sinners, thus also, through the obedience of the One, the many shall be constituted just."-Concordant Literal-

Even as=hṓsper,=

Exactly like, even like.

Disobedience= parakoḗ, =

Hearing amiss. Disobedience

Many= polýs=

Many, much, large.

Were made= kathístēmi,=

To set, place, put.

To set down as, constitute, to declare, show to be

To constitute, to render, make, cause to be.

To conduct or bring to a certain place.

Sinners= hamartōlós=

Devoted to sin, a sinner.

Not free from sin

Pre-eminently sinful, especially wicked

Righteous= díkaios=

Righteous, observing divine laws.

In a wide sense, upright, righteous, virtuous, keeping the commands of God

Innocent, faultless, guiltless.

Used of him whose way of thinking, feeling, and acting is wholly conformed to the will of God, and who therefore needs no rectification in the heart or life.

Rotherham Emphasized=

"For, if, by the fault of the one, death reigned through the one, much more, they who the superabundance of the favour and of [the free-gift of] the righteousness do receive, in life, shall reign through the one, Jesus Christ.

Hence then, as through one fault, [the sentence was] unto all men unto condemnation, so, also, through one recovery of righteousness, [the decree of favour] is unto all men for righteous acquittal unto life;

For, just as, through the disobedience of the one man, sinners, the many were constituted, so, also, through the obedience of the one, righteous, the many shall be constituted."


Christ Triumphant


Chapter I – The Question Stated

Chapter II – The Popular Creed Wholly Untenable

Chapter III – The Popular Creed Wholly Untenable (continued)

Chapter IV – What the Church Teaches

Chapter V – What the Church Teaches (continued)

Chapter VI – Universalism and Creation

Chapter VII – What the Old Testament Teaches

Chapter VIII – What the New Testament Teaches

Chapter IX – What the New Testament Teaches (continued)

Chapter X – Summary and Conclusion

The Entire Book>>>>>

Christ Triumphant by Thomas Allin


The Place Of Humanity In God’s Purpose -Part 3-

The lessons of the Potter

MOST OF YOU who read these words will at some time or other have been to an exhibition, for all kinds of shows are held in the main countries of the world every year. Generally they are designed to be instructive and to further the interests of those who are putting on the display. They are often made up of different stands, each presenting its own theme. In a travel exhibition, for example, one stand might portray the grandeur of the United States, another the historical attractions of Britain, another the various means of travel from place to place, another the advantages of being able to converse with peoples of foreign countries. On each stand will be placed the best examples that can be found to illustrate its particular theme, and everything will be done, through arrangement and lighting effects, to enhance its impact.

Now this idea of putting things on exhibition in order to demonstrate certain facts is by no means new and has indeed been used by God on many occasions. For instance, He has filled the heavens with stars in order to display His majesty and glory. “The heavens declare (or are rehearsing) the glory of God,” says the Psalmist (Psalm 19:1). This is a display that is going on all the time; it was true in David’s day, when the psalm was written. It was true back in Abraham’s time, for was not he told to gaze into the heavens and count the stars and see if it were possible to number them? It is still true today. It is a tremendous display of God’s greatness and wisdom and power, both in the creation and in the control of such a multitude of heavenly bodies, and it is rehearsed for us both by day and by night. “Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.”

And into whatever aspects of creation we look, whether into the infinitely great or the infinitesimally small, we find the majesty of God displayed.

Continued below>>>>>

The place of humanity in Gods purpose, by John H Essex


“It is love alone in the holy Deity that will allow no peace to the wicked, nor ever cease its judgments till every sinner is forced to confess that it is good for him that he has been in trouble, and thankfully own that not the wrath but the love of God has plucked out that right eye, cut off that right band, which he ought to have done but would not do for himself and his own salvation.” -William Law-

“It is claimed that it takes the iron out of Christianity because it removes the threat. No longer can the sinner be dangled over the pit of hell. No longer can what Burn’s called the ‘hangmen’s whip’ of the fear of hell be threateningly cracked over the sinner. But the kind of universalism in which I believe has not simply obliterated hell and said that everything will be all right for everyone; it has stated grimly that, if you will have it so, you can go to Heaven via hell.” –William Barclay-

“A belief in God’s universal love to all his creatures, and that he will finally restore all those of them that are miserable to happiness, is a polar truth. It leads to truths upon all subjects, more especially upon the subject of government. It establishes the equality of mankind – it abolishes the punishment of death for any crime – and converts jails into houses of repentance and reformation.” – Benjamin Rush-

It were better to have no opinion of God at all than such an opinion as is unworthy of him; for the one is unbelief, the other is contumely; and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity. Plutarch saith well to that purpose, “Surely,” saith he, “I had rather a great deal men should say there was no such man at all as Plutarch, than that they should say that there was one Plutarch that would eat his children as soon as they were born;” as the poets speak of Saturn. And as the contumely is greater towards God, so the danger is greater towards men. –Sir Francis Bacon- (1561-1626)

“The whole of created life shall be delivered/set free…”


Richard Murray had an explanation of God’s “wrath” that makes sense to me. He said that in Old Testament times, people regarded Satan as a servant of God who was under God’s authority. So when Satan acted in his evil way, the writers just said that God did it. However, by New Testament times, it was understood that Satan is an enemy of God, who acts in his own initiative in doing his dastardly deeds.
God doesn’t do such deeds or have a wrath that results in harming people. “In Him is no darkness at all.”
(1 John 1:5)


It could also be suggested that it was not so much either-or, but both… Satan did as he willed (Jn 8:44) but also had divinely appointed limits to where he could actually only ever go so far, but no further (Job 1:12; 2:6).


" Through the Son God made the whole universe, and to the Son he has ordained that all creation shall ultimately belong."

" He has 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. And you…"

Dr. Arthur Tappan Pierson -The Bible & Spiritual Life-

“This view (Restitution of All) is so clearly scriptural that the only surprise is that it has not been more definitely and widely held. It adds immeasurably, both to the glory of Christ as the coming King, and the Father as the former and framer of the ages. It is the period typified by the eighth day of the Mosaic Code: the perfect glory of Christ, reserved for ‘the morrow after.’ The millennial ‘Sabbath.’ And while the millenial period is limited to a thousand years, there are no definite limits to this final age of glory.”

-Dr. P. B. Fitzwater- (Professor of Systematic Theology- Moody Bible Institute) Christian Theology P. 407

“Then there is the Universalist who declares that the redemption provided by Christ avails for the salvation of all men. This means that what God has done for the salvation of sinful men accrues to the benefit of all men. This view of Universalism is quite widespread. Many leaders in the evangelical church hold to this view, even though they have not dared to declare it.”

From the Lutheran ELCA website…

The Christian hope for salvation, whether for the believing few or the unbelieving many, is grounded in the person and meaning of Christ alone, not in the potential of the world’s religions to save, nor in the moral seriousness of humanists and people of good will, not even in the good works of pious Christians and church people. … There is a universalist thrust in the New Testament, particularly in Paul’s theology. How else can we read passages such as ‘for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ’ (1 Cor 15:22)?" (See also Colossians 1:15-20, Ephesians 1:9-10, 1 Corinthians 15:28.) -Carl Braaten-

The universal scope of salvation in Christ

ELCA Lutherans will say with Braaten,

“Salvation in the New Testament is what God has done to death in the resurrection of Jesus. Salvation is what God has in store for you and me and the whole world in spite of death, solely on account of the living risen Christ. … The universal scope of salvation in Christ includes the destiny of our bodies together with the whole earth and the whole of creation. This cosmic hope is based on the promise of eternal life sealed by the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Through raising Jesus from the dead, God put death to death, overcoming the deadliest enemy of life at loose in the world. This hope for the final salvation of humanity and the eternal universal restitution of all things in heaven and on earth … is drawn from the unlimited promise of the Gospel and the magnitude of God’s grace made known to the world through Christ.”

A Survey of Bible Doctrine" by Charles Ryrie, Professor of Systematic Theology: Dallas Theological Seminary.

In the section on future things, he dismisses the Restitution of all things which he refers to as “Classic Universalism” as unbiblical.


In his K.J.V. Ryrie Study Bible, which was published a few years after his doctrine book, he says a very interesting thing in his footnote on Colossians 1:20

Col 1:20 … to reconcile all things unto himself. Christ is the remedy for alienation from God, and eventually all things will be changed and brought into a unity in Him, even though this will involve judgment.


The Man Who Met God In A bar -Part 1 of 2-

If there were an award given for “Most Terrible Parable,” my vote would go straight for the one about the coins. Known traditionally as “The Parable of the Talents,” the story almost single-handedly drove me out of the church and into a spiritual detox. You may know it: the tale of a nobleman who is leaving town for a while and so offers three of his servants an investment opportunity, as shifty salesmen do, giving each one a different amount of money “according to their ability.” Amy All-Star gets five talents (or coins), Count-On-It Carl gets two, and the lowlife, who maybe we just call Larry, gets one. If you’re already getting nervous, just wait.

Each of them is given the same objective: to take care of what’s been entrusted to them. Larry, who sounds a lot like me if I’m being honest, is afraid he’s just one more demotion from the curb, so he wraps it up in a napkin and buries it. He thinks he’s being smart by not losing the one thing he’s been given. You can hear his thought process, can’t you? Oh man, just imagine what the boss’d say—I’m already on the rocks with the guy—if I lost this one, too…It’s not worth the risk. I’ve got to keep this job.

Predictably, the boss returns, and Amy and Carl have doubled their funds, now sitting in higher cotton than they were before this cruel experiment. Lowlife Larry, on the other hand, only falls farther. As he tries to explain to the nobleman why he buried the coin, how afraid he was of losing it, his boss silences him and tells him to pack up his desk. “Cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness.” Jesus gives his listeners the following ominous warning: “For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

So, considering some of the nicer parables—about lost lambs found, about prodigal sons welcomed home, about the last being first—yeah, this one sticks out to me. Even if you seem more like All-Star Amy, and you view yourself as someone with quite a lot to be grateful for, you can’t not hear the conditionality lining this story.

Like a sore toe, this parable became impossible to ignore. It came to dictate the Jesus I believed in. And it wasn’t exactly the Sweet Jesus of Lambs and Orphans. It was the Very Serious Jesus of Judgment I had always been afraid was hiding behind the curtain. It’s not surprising that this picture of God—the expectant landlord, his threat of punishment, his focus on productivity—has provoked leagues of burnouts over the church’s tenure. Have you done enough? Invested wisely enough? Have you, too, chosen to sit on my opportunities for fear of losing them?

-Robt. F. Capon-


To say that sin, assuming it to be opposed to God, has the power of creating a world antagonistic to God as everlasting as He is, attributes to it a power equal at least to His; since according to this view, souls whom God willed to be saved, and for whom Christ died, are held in bondage under the power of sin for ever; and all this in opposition to the Word of God, which says that God’s Son was “manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil…” -Andrew Jukes, The Restitution of all Things-

The 2nd Death & The Restitution Of All Things

The Restitution of All Things


By these three prepositions Paul ascribes the universe (ta panta) with all the phenomena concerning creation, redemption, providence to God as the…

Ex= The Source

Di= The Agent

Eiv= The Goal

The Koine, ta pavnte, is the strongest word for all in the Scriptures; it literally means the all.

Romans 11:36=

ta pavnte/ ta panta, “in the absolute sense of the whole of creation, the all things, the universe, and, everything in heaven and earth that is in need of uniting and redeeming.”

It is not in the limited sense of “nearly all”, “pavnte” minus "ta

The final preposition [eiv) reveals the ultimate goal of all that is. What has been provided in Christ is a re-turn, a re-storation, a re-newing, a re-demption, a re-concilation, a re-surrection, a re-stitution.

The prefix “re” means back again, again, anew–and all the words with this prefix speak of something that left its place and has now made its circuit and come back to the point of its beginning.

In the Christian story God descends to reascend. He comes down;… down to the very roots and sea-bed of the Nature He has created. But He goes down to come up again and bring the whole ruined world up with Him. -C.S. Lewis


Every created thing ( pan ktisma ). Every creature in a still wider antiphonal circle beyond the circle of angels (from ktizw , for which see 1 Timothy 4:4 ; James 1:18 ), from all the four great fields of life (in heaven, upon the earth, under the earth as in verse James 3 , with on the sea epi th qalassh added). No created thing is left out. This universal chorus of praise to Christ from all created life reminds one of the profound mystical passage in Romans 8:20-22 concerning the sympathetic agony of creation ( ktisi ) in hope of freedom from the bondage of corruption.

If the trail of the serpent is on all creation, it will be ultimately thrown off. Saying ( legonta ). Masculine (construction according to sense, personifying the created things) if genuine, though some MSS. have legonta (grammatical gender agreeing with panta ) present active participle of legw , to say. And to the Lamb ( kai twi arniwi ). Dative case. Praise and worship are rendered to the Lamb precisely as to God on the throne. Note separate articles here in the doxology as in Romans 4:11 and the addition of to krato (active power) in place of iscu (reserve of strength) in Romans 5:12 .

-F.W. Robertson N.T. Word Pictures-


Dear choir boy: you still cannot sing in symphonic tones. Your voice must stand before the Tuning Fork of the Lord and be adjusted accordingly!

This is what the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of all mankind declares>>>>

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

Will draw=ἕλκω /helkō


To draw/ drag off.

To draw by inward power.

To lead.

To impel.


The radical πᾶς/pas.

Jesus Christ draws every last broken creature to Himself


Plan A or plan b minus?

“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

plan b-

If I be lifted up from the earth I will draw some of mankind unto Myself.

I will drag off with power some of mankind.

I will try to lead off some of mankind, but will fail.

"As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be made alive"

plan b minus=

As in Adam all die, so in Christ shall some be made alive

"All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…"

plan b-

Some have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God…

"Therefore as 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…"

plan b minus=

Therefore as 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.

Yes friends there is more!

Does all mean all?

The radical πᾶς/pas.


Plan A=

“that IN/EN the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Alternate plan b minus

that IN/EN the name of Jesus every knee might bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue might acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the potential glory of God the Father.

Does all mean all?

The radical πᾶς/pas.

πᾶς =ALL

Strong’s #3956 — Adjective — pas — pas )

Radically means “all.”

Used without the article it means “every,” every kind or variety. So the RV marg. in Ephesians 2:21 , “every building,” and the text in Ephesians 3:15 , “every family,” and the RV marg. of Acts 2:36 , “every house;” or it may signify “the highest degree,” the maximum of what is referred to, as, “with all boldness” Acts 4:29 .

Before proper names of countries, cities and nations, and before collective terms, like “Israel,” it signifies either “all” or “the whole,” e.g., Matthew 2:3 ; Acts 2:36 . Used with the article, it means the whole of one object.

In the plural it signifies “the totality of the persons or things referred to.” Used without a noun it virtually becomes a pronoun, meaning “everyone” or “anyone.”

In the plural with a noun it means “all.”

One form of the neuter plural (panta) signifies “wholly, together, in all ways, in all things,” Acts 20:35 ; 1 Corinthians 9:25 . The neuter plural without the article signifies “all things severally,” e.g., John 1:3 ; 1 Corinthians 2:10 ; preceded by the article it denotes “all things,” as constituting a whole, e.g., Romans 11:36 ; 1 Corinthians 8:6 ; Ephesians 3:9 .


Plan A or alternate plan b minus?

Plan A=

“For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe. Command this and teach this…”

Alternate plan=

For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of some men, and only those who believe. Command this and teach this…

Plan A

“And every/ pas creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be to him that sits on the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever.”

Alternate plan b minus=

And some creatures which are in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and some that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be to him that sits on the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever.