Scriptures to the Witness of God being the Father of ALL, and Jesus being the Savior of ALL. Part 13
The prophets have spoken of the restitution of all things. "And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you, whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of ALL things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets, since the world began." (Acts 3:20,21) "And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you, (but who hath been crucified, and hath ascended unto heaven, and ) whom the heaven must receive (or contain) until the times of restitution of ALL things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of ALL his holy prophets since the world began."
The "restitution of ALL things" begins in this life; but it will be completed and finished in the life hereafter. It is the putting of things back into God's created original condition. A. Clarke, on this passage says. "Man was originally created in God's image; but the divine image has been obscured by sin; and men now bear the image of the earthly. But at the resurrection, when Christ shall appear, the restitution of ALL things shall take place, and then mankind will be restored to the image of God again; for St. Paul says, that at the resurrection mankind shall be changed from the earthly to the heavenly image." (1 Cor. 15:49) A. Clark on Acts 3:21, says, "as therefore, the subject here referred to is that, of which all the prophets from the beginning have spoken, (and the grand subject of all their declarations was Christ and His words among men,) therefore the words are to be applied to this, and no other meaning. Jesus Christ comes to raise up man from a state of ruin, and restore to him the image of God, as he possessed it at the beginning."
David also said, "ALL the ends of the world shall remember, and turn unto the Lord; and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before him." (Psalms 22:27) This agrees with the promise of God to Abraham, that all the nations, families, and kindreds of the earth shall be blessed in Christ Jesus.
He also said, "The True God who inhabits sacred space is a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows. (Psalm 68:5) That does not mean that only the christian fatherless or just the Christian widows! God is the Father to ALL the fatherless and a defender of ALL widows!
David also said, all kings shall fall down before Him (Christ), ALL nations shall serve Him, men shall be blessed in Him, all nations shall call Him blessed." (Psalms 72:11,17)
David also said, "All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name." (Psalms 86:9) This surely must include all the nations of the earth; God made them ALL, from Adam to the latest born.
David also said, not less than twenty-six times, in that part of his meditations embraced in the 136th Psalm, "his mercy endureth forever." What kind of a mercy is the mercy of God, which will endure forever...mercy God has for ALL men.
He also declared, that that mercy which is to endure forever, is over ALL the works of God. "The Lord is good to ALL, and His tender mercies are over ALL his works." (Psalms 145:9) God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
He also said, "ALL thy works shall praise thee, O Lord, and thy saints shall bless thee." (Psalms 145:10) Can ALL God's works praise Him, if a part are consigned to am eternity in hell fire?
He also said, "the Lord is gracious, and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy." (Psalms 145:8) Can endless misery be ordained by such a God as described here?
He also said; "The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide; neither will He keep His anger forever." (Psalms 103:8,9) This could not possibly be true, if God purposed to make the vast majority of His created loved children to burn in hell forever. If there is torment in an eternal hell, can it be said, that "God will not always chide," nor "keep His anger forever?"
Isaiah recorded, that there was no sin that could not be pardoned. "Though you sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isa. 1:18) There was is no sin so deep-dyed, that it could not be washed away.
It is said, that "all nations shall flow into the mountain of the Lord's house,"...a figurative representation of the covenant of the Gospel. (Isa. 2:2) In this mountain, the Lord of Hosts hath made for all people a feast of fat things. "And in this mountain, shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees; of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well-refined." (Isa. 25:6) Adam Clarke says, this feast is "salvation by Jesus Christ." Com. On the place. This salvation is prepared for ALL people; it is sufficient to supply the needs of ALL.
"God will destroy, in this mountain, the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil, that is spread over all nations." (Isa. 25:7) This salvation is not uselessly prepared. Unbelief shall be done away. The darkness of the nations shall be removed. The covering cast over all nations shall be destroyed; they will then all see the truth.
"God will swallow up death in victory. " (Isa. 25:8) This is to take place at the resurrection of the dead, for Paul quotes these words, and applies them to the resurrection of the dead, in 1 Cor. 15:54.
"The Lord God will wipe away tears from off ALL faces: (Isa. 25:8) The fulfillment of the Gospel will not be fully done, until tears shall be wiped away from ALL faces...it will be done.