GOD'S AGE ENDURING PURPOSE
"Now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits
of those who are asleep. For since by man came death, by man
came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all
die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. Yet each one in
his own classification: Christ the first fruits, after that
those who are Christ's at His coming, then the final
classification, when Christ delivers up the kingdom to the God
and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and
power. For Christ must reign until He has put all His enemies
under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. For
God has put all things in subjection under the feet of Christ.
But when the Father says, 'All things are put in subjection,' it
is evident that the Father is excluded who put all things in
subjection to Christ. When all things become subjected to the
Father, the Son Himself will also become subject to this One who
subjected all things to Him. This is so that God the Father
may be the ALL IN ALL." (1 Corinthians 15:20-28).
What is The Good News of the Happy God? Paul summed it up in
his first letter to the Church at Corinth. It simply is that
God is becoming the ALL IN ALL. What could be clearer?
What words could better express the climax of God's plan for the
universe? To the rational mind this all-embracing phrase is
completely satisfying. This expression brings God's ultimate
intention to a flawless climax. It conveys, especially to the
believer, all the heart and mind could possibly desire.
The Divine Objective
What greater thought could supersede it? Is there a
consummation that can show greater wisdom, love and grace? How
anyone could voice dissent is difficult to imagine. However, the
dogmatic disagreement and misunderstanding rings loud and clear.
Anyone who dare embrace such an exhilarating thought will surely
bear reproach. Nevertheless, there could be no higher divine
objective in the mind of god. The greatest accomplishment of
divine planning is for all creation to become entirely subjected
to their Creator. Such subjection would bring to an end the
arrogance of self-confidence and self-achievement. It would also
bring the consummation of fear and strife. Furthermore,
culminating the heart-searing dissatisfaction with life, which is
the ruin of many.
Inability to comprehend such goodness comes from those lacking
knowledge of God's true character. Another difficulty is not
understanding the many stages and innumerable processes in God's
plan. All of the ages have purpose and serve to produce the
Father's final goal. We do not have the space needed to share
thoroughly God's vast purpose for the ages. So let it suffice,
then, to believe that such a noble end culminates all. For God
alone is worthy of such a marvelous conclusion. What a glorious
culmination this brings to all ages. This alone is sufficiently
rewarding for the sacrifice of the Son of His love.
Where Does All Originate?
Paul writes the church in Colossae concerning the pre-eminence
of Christ Jesus. He also unveils the might and power vested in
Christ by the Father of glory. All creation has it origin in
Christ. He existed before all created things, whether in the
heavens or upon the earth. It makes no difference whether we speak
concerning the visible or invisible creation. Not only did all
creation originate in Christ, but also it passes through Him at
the cross. This means the processing of all creation is taking
place through the blood of His cross. Furthermore, He became
the federal head of an all-new creation. Having made peace
through His own blood He now reconciles all to the Father of
glory. Yes, all has its cohesion in Christ and the same all is for
Him. Ponder this for a moment. All is being created in, through
and for Christ.
For Whom Was All Created?
Learning that all things were created "for him"
should indeed generate praise. No other is so exceedingly worthy
of our adoration. How appropriate it is for all creation to become
drawn to Christ. It is especially suitable for such a supreme end "that
God may be all in all." It is for this magnificent climax
that God framed the ages. Through the ages God's purpose in Christ
would come to fruition. The perfect plan would unfold stage upon
stage. God would execute his impeccable objective of love
within the framework of the ages. The ages have not just
evolved and filled with the events of history. God has both
planned and created the ages through Christ to bring forth His
ultimate intention. Through God's unfailing love for creation
Christ became the appointed Heir of the universe.
Now we can actually see how unparalleled was the crucifixion of
Jesus Christ. How gloriously precious to God was the sacrifice of
His uniquely begotten Son. How can it do anything but succeed in
fulfilling its intended purpose? The cross can never fail when the
end it points to be of such exalted character. Many have
experienced the effect of this ultimate act of love. It is now
being made manifest in the world. The perfect and ultimate end to
God's plan is yet to be made evident to all. However, when god
is everything to everyone there will be no more questions.
Will God's Desire for Creation Be Satisfied?
This lofty goal is not the product of an after-thought. On the
contrary, it is the joyous outcome of the loving and wise
forethought of God. Unequivocally, God will do all His pleasure.
What other conclusion could establish the supremacy of God so
well? How else could the complete satisfaction of His creatures
This is the very reason Christ Jesus both died, and raised to
live again. Jesus Christ, through death and resurrection, became
Lord of the dead, as well as the living. Jesus died for all
humanity and through this act he became the propitiatory shelter
for the whole world. It is the manifestation of this unlimited
love that constrains us. We have concluded, since One died on
behalf of all, the result is, all died. Therefore, the living ones
should no more be living to themselves. They should be living to
the One who died and rose again on their behalf. As death came
upon all humanity through Adam, in Christ all shall become
vivified, or enlivened. Every individual, in their very own
classification or order, will experience the life of Christ.
Who's Accomplishment Is Greater?
Many in blindness embrace the thought of most humanity becoming
eternally separated from God. This thinking serves to make the
work of Satan more effective than the cross of Christ. However,
let us remember Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil. Now
He certainly accomplished what He came to do. Who believes for
one moment his achievements did not supersede all opposing
influences. Jesus said, "Except a grain of wheat falls
into the earth and dies, it remains alone. However, if it dies it
bears much fruit." The seed promised by the Father came,
and falling deeply into the earth, it died. Therefore, we can be
confident Christ Jesus will present much fruit to the Father.
Super abounding is the effect of the righteous act of Christ upon
creation. It has completely nullified the unrighteous act of Adam.
Does Traditional Dogma Honor God?
What results from disbelieving God's age enduring purpose is of
such splendid character? Unbelief can but lead to an unworthy
conception of the Father of Glory. How can anyone think the
dogma of endless torment is honoring God? How could such an
atrocity be the climax of the divine purpose? Such thinking causes
unregenerate humanity to blaspheme the name of our God. It also
denies Christ was able to accomplish His goal upon the cross.
Further it ignores the fullness and grandeur of His sacrificial
life and death.
Did Jesus Finish What He Said He Would?
Jesus spoke clearly concerning what death He would die and what
would result from it. He said, "If I be lifted up from the
earth, I will draw all to myself." On the cross of
Golgotha's hill ignorant humanity raised Jesus Christ up from the
earth and he died as he said he would. (Joh. 12:23f). Does he now
lack the capability to draw all humanity to himself? Is the
typical response of religious humanism justified? The customary
response of religion to this question is, "O, but man must
choose to serve God!" This response is quite
normal. However, it ascribes victory to the human will in conflict
with God's desire. There have been many human wills changed
through the experience of conciliation. Remember. Never is the
experience of salvation brought about by human initiative. The
influences bearing upon mankind bring him to God's salvation, as
was the case with Paul. (Acts 9:3ff, Gal. 1:15f).
Can Anyone Dispute the Effectiveness of the Cross of Christ?
The God, Who is love, may be thought of in many ways. Mankind
may describe Him using many varying expressions. Yet, to express
His far-reaching love there is no better term than reconciliation.
Invaluable concepts energize this word. Reconciliation clearly
describes the atmosphere of harmony where previous alienation had
existed. There is no question of the peace established by
Christ Jesus through the blood of His cross.
All creation has not yet experienced the magnitude of God's
accomplishment at Calvary. The effectiveness of the cross is
indisputable. This will become clearly evident when the ministry
of reconciliation has accomplished its worthwhile objective. Only
then will understanding come as to why one must proclaim this
"It is certainly a faithful word and worthy of all
acceptance. It is a word for which we both labor and suffer
reproach. Our trust is in the living God who is Savior of all
humanity. Most of all he is Savior to the believing. These things
command and teach!"
Now we are among the first to have first experienced
this reconciliation. So God is convincing the world through us on
behalf of Christ.
"Be conciliated to God! For the Christ not knowing sin,
became the sin offering on our behalf. This happened so we may
become God's righteousness in Him."
- Read and study the following list of scripture:
Psalm 22:27-31, 24:1, 33:8-11. Proverbs 3:5-6, 16:1, 4, l9, 33,
20:24. Isaiah 45:21-25, 55:8-11. Jeremiah 32:27. John 1:12-13,
29, 12:23-24, 32-33, 17:3, 19:30. Acts 4:11-12. Romans 5:6-21,
8:20-22, 11:33-36, 14:7-9. 1 Corinthians 2:2, 6-8, 15:22-28. 2
Corinthians 4:3-6, 5:14-15, 18-21. Ephesians 1:8-11, 2:7,
2:13-16, 3:8-11. Philippians 2:8-11. Colossians 1:13-22,
2:14-15. 1 Timothy 2:3-6, 4:9. Hebrews 1:2, 2:14-16, 11:3. 2
Peter 3:9. 1 John 2:2, 3:8, 4:8.