Have you ever thought about the frequency and consistency with which the idea of “everything” or “everyone” is emphasized in scripture? Throughout both Testaments, whether the historical narratives, the wisdom literature, the prophets, Gospels, letters and (especially) Revelation, “everything” is simply “everywhere.” A brief survey of some seminal passages, noted below, bear this out.
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations. All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive. (Ps. 22:27-29)
The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. (Ps. 24:1)
You who answer prayer, to you all people will come…. You answer us with awesome and righteous deeds, God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. (Ps. 65:2. 5)
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:3)
“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (Rom. 11:35-36)
From “The Love Wins Companion” by Rob Bell. http://amzn.to/2BnKC8K