• Pastor Bill

Why Not?

If you are among those Christians who hope and pray that God will ultimately save everyone, check out these encouraging verses from scripture.

If this isn’t your hope and prayer, why not?


There are reasons why some long for divine justice. Whatever those reasons may be,

I’m always sorry for the pain that is evident in this longing.


Like the angels who brought ‘good news of great joy for all the people,’

Christians are called to proclaim God’s grace, love and mercy to and for all people.


Jesus told us to love our enemies.

He taught us to pray that God would “forgive us, as we forgive others.”

He taught us to ask that God’s kingdom would come once and for all.


Enjoy the list.

If you can’t enjoy it, at least ponder it.

It is after all the Word of God.


(Note: there are helpful links after the list.)

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Genesis 12:3 – and in you [Abraham and Sarah] all the families of the earth shall be blessed.


Psalm 22:27 – All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the families of the nations shall worship before him.


Isaiah 25:6-8 – On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; he will swallow up death forever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.


Isaiah 55:11 – so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.


Matthew 18:12-14 – What do you think? If a shepherd has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.


Luke 2:10 – But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.”


Luke 3:6 – and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.


John 1:29 – The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!


John 3:17 – Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.


John 10:16 – I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.


John 12:32 – And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.


John 12:47 – I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.


Romans 5:18 – Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.


Romans 11:32 – For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.


Romans 14:11 – For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God.”


1 Corinthians 15:22 – for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ.


Ephesians 1:10 – as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.


Philippians 2:10-11 – so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


Colossians 1:20 – and through [Jesus Christ] God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.


1 Timothy 2:3-6 – This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all this was attested at the right time.


1 Timothy 4:10 – For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.


Titus 2:11 – For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all,


1 John 2:2 – and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.


1 John 4:14 – And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world.

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If you’d like to read more on this subject, Love Wins by Rob Bell is a provocative and easy read. You can find it here on Amazon.


If you want to consider how some Christians react to this idea, you might check out the podcast: This American Life: Heretic.


If you want to consider how human beings participate in the work of salvation (hint: they can’t) you might check out Martin Luther’s Bondage of the Will.


BibleGateway.com is a convenient way to look up verses in different translations.


Peace,

Pastor Bill



All scripture references used in this blog are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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