Scriptures to the Witness of God being the Father of ALL, and Jesus being the Savior of ALL. Part 10

God's pleasure is in favor of the salvation of ALL men; and therefore, neither death, sin, nor pain, can be the ultimate object of God for man's ultimate destiny.

 "As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked." (Ezek. 33:11) Death and sin and pain may exist for a time; but if God has no pleasure in them of themselves, would they not be avenues which He uses to fulfill His ultimate pleasure?  The end in which God rests as His pleasure, design, or purpose, must be to the benefit of His beloved because He is essentially a benevolent God. How can death, sin, or pain be his ultimate plan or pleasure; could they not the means by which His holy justice and righteous designs are brought to completion?

God created all men expressly for His pleasure, and, therefore, not for torture in the fires of hell, unless He takes pleasure in man's suffering. "Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Rev. 4:11) Adam Clarke says, "he made all things for his pleasure; and through the same motive he preserves. Hence, it is most evident, that he hateth nothing that he has made; and could have made no intelligent creature with the design to make it eternally miserable. It is strange, that a contrary supposition has ever entered into the heart of man; and it is high time that the benevolent nature of the Supreme God, should be fully vindicated from aspersions of this kind."

The pleasure of God shall prosper in the hand of Christ. "The pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand." (Isaiah 53:10) Again Clarke says, "that the pleasure of God is, "to have all men saved, and brought to the knowledge of the truth."

God's pleasure shall surely be accomplished. "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11.) "I will do all my pleasure." (46:10)...Does not this passage show that God's pleasure shall certainly be accomplished? His word shall not return unto him void: it shall accomplish what He please, and prosper in the object which He sent it to accomplish. God has no pleasure in the death or suffering of people. That was not the object of His creating them. God created men for His pleasure, and His pleasure WILL be accomplished.

God has purposed the salvation of all men. "Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of times, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him." (Eph. 1:9,10)...It is evident from this passage, that God has purposed to gather together all things in Christ. God's purpose agrees with His will or pleasure. He wills to have all men saved; He has no pleasure in the death of the wicked; and accordingly He has purposed to gather together in one, ALL things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth. This is God's purpose; this is what He has purposed in Himself. And this is not the gathering together of those things only which are in Christ, but the gathering together of all things in Him. "Unto him shall the gathering of the people be." (Gen. 49:10) And Jesus confirms this: "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." (John 12:32)...Thus we see all things are to be gathered into Christ. They are all to have His Spirit, and partake of His new creation; for "if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." (2 Cor. 5:17)

The purpose of God cannot fail: it WILL be accomplished.

 "The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, surely as I have purposed, so shall it stand." (Isaiah 14:24) "For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? And his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?"( verse 27) "I have purposed it, I will also do it." (46:11)...Now, whatever God purposes WILL take place; hence, Paul speaks of "the purpose of him who worketh all things according to the counsel of his own will." (Eph 1:11)...What, then, will hinder the accomplishment of this purpose? Has God formed a plan which He cannot execute? No; whatever God has purposed, WILL BE DONE. 

So let it be, O Lord.


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