God the Lord, or Owner of Men

“Behold, all souls are mine,” saith the Lord. “As the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine.” Ezek. 18:4

God will not give up what belongeth to him, to the dominion of sin and Satan forever. All men are God’s by creation; he made them all. They are his by preservation; he sustains them all. They were his at first, and they always have remained in his care. “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” That God, who says to men, “If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel,” can never abandon his own creatures. He will ever exercise a gracious care over them, as will be more fully seen in the following reasons.

From “100 Arguments in Favor of Universalism” by Thomas Whittemore. Read the complete book here.

Weekend Wisdom by William Law

William Law (1686-1761) was an Anglican priest who influenced John Wesley and others active in the evangelical revival in 18th century England. 

He was one of those rare individuals in history who was willing to do the right thing, regardless of the negative consequences that may result from that decision. When his conscience wouldn’t allow him to take the oaths of allegiance to the new government of George I, he gave up his position at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. 

Like the early Greek Fathers, Law saw God’s neverending love and unlimited power working together to bring about the restoration of all things. In an address to his fellow clergy, he explained what he saw as the working of God throughout the ages. 

“The love that brought forth the existence of all things, changes not through the fall of its creatures, but is continually at work, to bring back all fallen nature and creature to their first state of goodness. . . . God creating, God illuminating, God sanctifying, God threatening and punishing, God forgiving and redeeming, is but one and the same essential, immutable, never ceasing working of the divine nature.”

God Is a Consuming Fire

For our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).
“We are also told that God is a consuming fire. Is this a contradiction of what John wrote, that He is love? No, indeed not! The same God who is Love is also a consuming fire. He is a consuming fire of divine love. That is the only answer, if Love is who He is.
That God is a “consuming fire” wonderfully demonstrates the great passion of His love. His is a “consuming” love; and His love is a “purging, purifying” love. His is a love that knows no retreat; knows no end; knows no defeat. He conquers all, not with pure might and strength, not with pure wrath and judgment; but with pure, undying, unrelenting, unceasing, unconditional love.
Love never fails (I Corinthians 13:8).
The greatest of these is love (I Corinthians 13:13).
Love is the greatest, because He is Love – and He is the greatest.
Love never fails, because He is Love-and He never fails. “
Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr. The Salvation of All (p. 108). You can purchase here.

God Will Not be Angry Forever

For I will not contend forever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit would fail before me and the soul which I have made. Isa. 57: 16.

Hence, The Lord will not cast off forever; but, though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies, for he does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. Lam. 3: 31-33.

One reason why God will not “be angry forever” is, because no soul could endure the storm of God’s endless wrath. The benevolence of God is demonstrated in the statute of limitations, by which when pain becomes unendurable, the victim dies. Endless torture no soul could endure.

From Bible Proofs of Universal Salvation by J.W. Hanson

 

Christ is the Universal Light

“I am the light of the world.” John 8:12. “That was the true light which lightest every man that cometh into the world.” John 21:9.

When all shall receive light from the great “sun of righteousness” none will sit “in darkness, an din the region of the shadow of death.” Is it not surprising that notwithstanding these declarations some contend that a large part of mankind will be doomed by the LIGHT of the WORLD to spend eternity in darkness and death!

From One Hundred and Fifty Reasons For Believing in the Final Salvation of All Mankind (1849) by Erasmus Manford. You can read it here: http://www.tentmaker.org/books/150reasons.html

The Restoration 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 kjv

It is hard to understand how there can be a restoration of all things, unless every single ruined sinner is redeemed, renewed and restored to God. If just one sinner ended up being separated from God forever, it would be less than a full restoration of all things. Such an imperfect restoration would fall short of all things being made new (Rev.21:5; 5:13). From “The Larger Hope” by Anthony E. Johnson.

God is the Creator of all Men

“He hath made of one blood, all nations of men, to dwell on all the face of the earth.” Acts 17:26

He would not have created intelligent beings, had he known they were to be forever miserable. To suppose that God would bring beings into existence who he knew would be infinite losers by that existence, is to charge him with the utmost malignity. The existence itself would not be a blessing, but a curse; the greatness of which cannot be described. As God is infinite in knowledge, and as he sees the end from the beginning, he must have known before the creation, the result of the existence he was about to confer, and whether, upon the whole, it would be a blessing; and , as he was not under any necessity to create man, being also infinitely benevolent, he could not have conferred an existence that he knew would end in the worst possible consequences to his creatures.

From “100 Arguments in Favor of Universalism” by Thomas Whittemore. Read the complete book here.