He Makes ALL Things New

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them  2 Cor 5:17-19

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  Rev 21:5 ESV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!   2 Cor 5:17 NIV

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  1 Tim 2:3-4 NIV

That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.  1 Tim 4:10 NIV

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Take note of these phrases used in the above verses:  all things new … the new is here … desires all men to be saved … Savior of all people

As believers in the ultimate reconciliation of all things through the infinite merits of Christ Jesus and the perfect love of God for all His creation, we interpret the scriptures through the lens of these great truths: the reconciliation of all, abounding grace and mercy, and perfect love that never fails.  This is an incredible paradigm shift for many, some of whom suffered decades under the prevailing theology of the condemnation of most people.  That is, seeing through the lens that makes condemnation preeminent and being forced to make the perfect love of God subservient to it in that traditional interpretive framework.

This appears nonsensical on its face and yet has been the prevailing view for century after century, causing many to reject the faith or live in fear for their own eternity and/or that of those they love.  For example, the traditionalist (ultimate reconciliation skeptic) will interpret 1 Tim 4:10 as saying that all are offered salvation, but those who refuse it in this life will suffer eternal conscious torment (ECT).

This is seriously problematic for a number of reasons:

1) It dishonors the character of the Father for His essence is perfect love that never fails

2) It renders the will of God (as expressed in 1 Timothy Chapter 2) to be of no effect

3) It contradicts the scriptures: If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?  James 2:16 NIV

4) It calls Him a hypocrite Who instructs us to love and forgive our enemies, while saying He will eternally torture His.

Consider that the purveyor of ECT will condemn the Nazis for murdering Jews while praising their God Who (according to their theology) will eternally torture those same murdered Jews because they did not accept Christ Jesus in this life.

We say no, the same Jesus Who holds the keys of death and of hell (Rev 1:18) will use those keys to minister His truth to all people in due time.  He suffered, died and was raised to provide reconciliation for the whole world and for all people.  He has provided a salvation that is perfect, good and effective for all His creation.

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About dgoodreau1

A true believer in the perfect love and mercy of our Heavenly Father and the infinite merits of our Great Savior, Jesus. Heaven is for you, me and everyone you love.
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