BY: JOANNE ANSTINE
NOVEMBER 5, 2007
What more glorious news could there be to the human race than to know that God is great, He is glorious, He is majestic, AND, He is love, mercy, peace, life, and joy to each and every one in His creation. All at once? No, for scripture tells us that while “ALL are dying in Christ, and ALL are being made alive (zöe – God’s life) in Christ,” it shall be “each man in his own order.” I Corinthians 15:22-23a. What a joy to know this, and be blessed with how some have been able to put it into words so succinctly…
JACQUES ELLUL, FAMOUS FRENCH PHILOSOPHER, WRITER (1912-1994)
(Universalism, Ultimate Reconciliation, Universal Reconciliation, Apocatastasis, The Larger Hope, The Greater Faith, The Doctrine of Inclusion, Restoration of All, The Victorious Gospel of Jesus Christ)
“Am I a pessimist? Not at all. I am convinced that the history of the human race, no matter how tragic, will ultimately lead to the Kingdom of God.
I am convinced that all the works of humankind will be reintegrated in the work of God; and that each of us, no matter how sinful, will ultimately be saved. Salvation is universal because the love of God encompasses all.
If God is God, and if God is love, nothing is outside the love of God.
A place like hell is thus inconceivable. The difference between the Christian and the non-Christian is not one of salvation. Salvation is given by grace to everyone. Christians are simply those charged by God with a special mission. The meaning of being a Christian is not working at your own little salvation, but changing human history.
It is inconceivable that the God who gives Himself in His Son to save us, should have created some people ordained to evil and damnation. There can only be one predestination to salvation. In and through Jesus Christ, all people are predestined to be saved.
Our free choice is ruled out in this regard. God wants free people, except in relation to this last and definitive decision. We are not free to decide and choose to be damned.” “Being saved or lost does not depend on our own free decision. An explicit confession of Jesus Christ is not the condition for salvation. Salvation is always for everyone, by grace. All people are included in the grace of God. A theology of grace implies universal salvation.”
JACQUES ELLUL (1912-1994)
Professor at the University of Bordeaux
Until God calls, we do not hear, and do not know of this wonderful salvation He has provided; when He calls, then…we respond, and Christ comes into our life, and then we know…In time, His time, all will be called, and then God will be All IN all. 1 Cor. 15:28 Amen!
Incidentally, it would be helpful to remember that Jesus did not speak English…the word “hell” is an English word, and has taken on a meaning never meant in scripture…
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