Saviour of All Fellowship
Dear Friends in Faith,
We are pleased to announce that $1200 was collected for Tony to take to England as a gift for Grace and Truth magazine and the testimony which is carried on there to the truth that God is the Saviour of all mankind! I (Tony) will be leaving on the 5th of September and will be enjoying their Bible conference there the 15th to the 17th. I am sure that they will be overwhelmed by your loving generosity!
Randy Bonacorso, in his book The Gospel of Maturity said in the chapter God All in All this insightful thought regarding Colossians 1:
I have little patience with anyone who says all things in verse 16 means the universe, but all things in verse 20 doesnt. Such is a distortion of Gods Word. According to Colossians 1, all things that the Son created, whether they are in heaven or in earth, will be reconciled by the blood of his cross. And make no mistake, this reconciliation will be everything our reconciliation is now. And you . . .now hath he reconciled (v.21). We who were once Gods enemies are enjoying now what all of creation will eventually enjoyunion with God. Others must endure eonian punishment and await the consummation.
It is appropriate that Randy saw the relationship between the present truth we believers experience as mentioned in verse 21 and what the future holds for the rest of creation according to verse 20. We always feel reconciled to God when everything is going great in our lives. The true test of our faith comes when the bad times intrude and in the face of that unwanted intrusion we still enjoy unbroken reconciliation with our loving heavenly Father. In the future all creation will revel in this unbroken reconciliation. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor messengers, nor sovereignties, nor the present, nor what is impending, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord (Rom.8:38,39). It is interesting also to note that Paul wrote this glorious truth on the heels of all creation being freed into the glorious freedom of the children of God in Romans 8:21.
Not only is all of verse 20 the same as the all of verse 16, but also the reconcile of verse 21.
We have accumulated quite a lot of literature on the subject of universal reconciliation through the years. We are attempting to get it in better order, and would like to get more of it distributed. So as a starter we will send a packet of selected pamphlets and papers on this subject to each of you requesting it. (We only ask that you not request multiple packets at this time.)
Our September Fellowship is scheduled for the 16th here in Almont, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM with a potluck meal at noon. In keeping to the theme of That Which is New we will be looking at some of the new revelations given through the ministry of Paul.
Yours in Gods grace and peace,
Dean Hough and Tony Nungesser
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