Saviour of All Fellowship
Dear Friends in Faith,
We appreciate all of you who wrote us and thank you for your support and prayers that this ministry may continue. We also appreciate those who have told us of their desire to continue receiving the S.A.F. newsletter. Hopefully we will continue in this endeavor to keep everyone apprized of upcoming meetings and some good thoughts pertaining to God saving all.
A dear friend, J. B. wrote to us concerning Jürgen Moltman and what he had written in his book The Coming of God: The doctrine of universal salvation is the expression of a boundless confidence in God: what God wants to do He can and will do . . . . The great turning point from disaster to salvation took place on Golgotha . . . . It is not my faith that creates salvation for me; salvation creates for me faith (p.244).
But one must choose, but they have to accept, but they have to believe; these are the words which invariably bubble up from the murky depths of Christendom in attempting to try to contradict Gods glorious consummation for all mankind. One is continually met with these words. It is not that we did not choose. But our choice was made sure before the disruption of the world. It is not that we did not accept the word of the cross. But our acceptance was a grace gratuitously given. It is not that we did not believe. But our faith is
nothing if it were not for the faith of Christ. Shall the faithlessness, the unacceptance, the unbelief of the world nullify the faithfulness of God? May it not be coming to that! Will their unbelief nullify Christs faith? Never.
During the eonian times God gives faith to specific individuals. This favor, this grace, does not contradict Gods goal for the rest of mankind. At the consummation of the eons faith will be discarded and all will be saved by sight. They will see their Saviour. They will experience first-hand the miracle of resurrection power out of the second death. In this administration we believers do not see our Saviour nor do we experience being saved from sin and death in the ultimate sense. We take that by faith. We receive an earnest of the spirit.
It Is Well With My Soul, written by Horatio G. Spafford, 1873
In 1871 a tragic fire hit Chicago claiming many lives. It also destroyed much of Mr. Spaffords wealth. About the same time as the fire, he lost his only son (he had four daughters). After about two years of trying to help the victims of the fire the Spaffords decided to go to England to join Dwight Moody and Ira Sankey on one of their crusades. The mother and four daughters went ahead leaving Mr. Spafford behind due to business. Their ship was struck by another and sank. Mrs. Spafford survived but lost their four daughters. The song was written shortly after he met up with his wife.
It is rather ironic that the man (Philip P. Bliss) who wrote the music to the poem died in a train wreck shortly thereafter.
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Yours in Gods grace and peace,
Dean Hough and Tony Nungesser
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