GOD ALL IN US

BY:  ADOLPH E. KNOCH

GOD SOMETHING IN ALL

GOD ALL IN LIFE

Most delightful is it to contemplate that distant day when God will be All in all. Because of the unbelief of Christendom we are prone to emphasize the second all, and rightly insist that it admits of no exceptions. Every creature of His hand will then be close to His heart. Yet we should not confine our contemplations to the number alone, but also maintain the full meaning of the first All. God will not occupy a small fraction of our lives, nor even half or three-fourths. He will be everything to us. There will be nothing in our experience that will not be divine. Every occurrence, each incident, large or small, important or trivial, will come to us consciously as a gratuity given by God, and bring a constant response of adoring worship.

GOD SOMETHING IN ALL

Perhaps it would not be too much to say that God is something in everyone in this life. Even the unbeliever and the atheist, especially in their earlier years, have at least a tinge of God-consciousness, especially when overwhelmed with sudden terror or dismay. But it is not until He reveals Himself to His chosen, that they begin to realize the part He plays in their lives, and that He becomes the focus of their consciousness. At first this may be very weak, but, as they become mature, He takes a larger and larger place in their experience. The heathen have idols made by human hands. Let us beware lest we also worship a deity who is not and will not be our all, made by human heads.

In these days the standard question, which is pressed upon the unbeliever is, “What must I do to be saved?” This leaves the impression that the sinner must have a hand in his salvation. He must repent, or reform, or join the church. Even Paul’s reply to the Philippian warden, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved…,” (Acts 16:31) is distorted, as though it were a meritorious deed, when, in fact, it is of faith that it may accord with grace, not with works (Rom.4:16). And the faith is that of God’s chosen (Titus 1:1). Salvation is all of God. It begins with His choice before the disruption (Eph.1:4), which eventuates in His call and justification and glorification (Rom.8:30). Nothing is left to us. He alone gave His Son, the sacrifice that saves. May we add nothing to it!

GOD ALL IN LIFE

But the believer need not wait until that day. As he matures he will gradually realize that God is All to him now. At first he seeks to inject himself and his will, and the unknown god of chance into the affairs of life. Then he begins to see that God is in all the great crises, the important decisions. But finally he wakes to the fact that everything, no matter what its size or duration, is under His control. All space and that which fills it is subject to the Great Disposer. All time and every event that occurs in it is planned and puts in its appearance when Jehovah wills. If dimension affected the care of God, how small would be his share whose whole life is but a second in the eonian times alone! God is our all, in things great and small! So we anticipate the glorious goal to which He is guiding His universe. May this be the precious portion of all who have partaken of His peace!

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