Saviour of All Fellowship
Dear Friends in Faith,
To be able to see something of Gods happiness, as Tony does above, is to be happy. Despite our frustrations and failures and times of depression we are aware that God wills that all mankind be saved and come into a realization of the truth, and that God is operating all things in accord with the counsel of His will. A friend sent me an article written by Mart De Haan of the RBC Ministries in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in response to the question, Does the Bible offer any comfort when were afraid someone we love has died without Christ? De Haan gropes for some comfort in certain aspects of judgment: . . . it is none other than Jesus who will judge all of the earth (John 5:26,27) . . . . The God whom Christ personified is not cruel. He will not add unnecessary pain to the fate of those who died rejecting Him . . . . What we do know is that God will be fair, and good, and right in judgment. But De Haan still sees the judgment as final and irreversible. He was not able to speak of Christ Jesus coming into the world to save sinners, or of God being the Saviour of all mankind, even though those are the essential elements of the evangel of the glory of the happy God (1 Tim.1:11,15; 4:10). De Haans apparent lack of assurance in the value of the cross for all (Col.1:20) depresses me. But the evangel is still true!
A thought to ponder from a reader in California: Probably the lustiest voices acclaiming God and loving Him in the great ultimate consummation will be those who experienced judgment and the second death!
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