Is He not already preeminent over all things? In one sense of course this is correct. Jesus is Lord of All Acts However, it is apparent that not all things acknowledge, submit to, cooperate with, or recognize His sovereignty. God desires for Christ to have an actual preeminence, a manifest preeminence — a sovereignty that is observable, tangible, and able to be experienced.
Obviously this desire of God, this Ultimate Purpose, remains unfulfilled. If Jesus were acknowledged as Lord of All, by everyone everywhere, then the world would certainly be a different place. As it is, it seems most of humanity fails to recognize the Lordship of Jesus and refuses to submit to Him. Thus, in a very practical sense, He does not have preeminence in them. That disparity between what God wants and what actually is needs to be resolved. Even though Jesus is Lord, not everyone recognizes that, appreciates it, or acknowledges it.
Our adversary the devil still walks around as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour 1 Pet. That there exists some spiritual force that continues in active resistance to Christ is proof enough that we do not yet see all things put under Him. We also note the presence of sin, poverty, disease, death, and evil as being very much a part of the world in which we live. So there is still much to be done in terms of putting all things beneath Him.
So here is the question: once God has determined to do something, is there anything, or anyone, that can resist Him?
Is man more powerful than God, or does it only seem that way sometimes? It does appear that God, in His infinite wisdom and loving-kindness and patience, chooses to delay the fulfillment of His Will. Man can try to withstand it, the devil can rebel against it, and by collaborating with man can even appear to hinder and prevent it temporarily — but in the end, God will have His Will. His plan is unavoidable and irresistible. I just put up a post on facebook—faith in jesus Christ is not just something we profess but someone we express and only the very being of Christ himself can actually express himself and he uses our humanity to do the expression out of-we humans cannot express Christ by our own efforts for we are not divine beings-so when we subject our human selves to god for him to use us for his expression then he is well pleased with us and his divine Christianity will be expressed out of our humanity—we will not take credit for the expression but will be thankful for the participation—all for his glory.
Amen and amen! I do not believe that is the truth at all according to the bible. Yesterday, I was in a marketplace setting and got such a profound insight into what Preeminence looks like in practice. May we always be mindful that He is much larger than our greatest concept of large; much bigger than our biggest concept of big….
Helps keep us balanced! God is able. God is willing. And I believe, in the end, Christ will have the preeminence in all things. God will judge by the law of Love, James 2 v , So whenever you speak, or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law of Love, the law that will set you free.
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For there will be No Mercy for you if you have not been merciful to others. For all who obey Jesus, who is Love, there will be no judgment, but for those who do not possess Love, they have already been judged. Man sinned, the punishment was death. Jesus conquered death and the grave.
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In Hebrew it was called sheol. In Greek, hades. Both mean death, grave, underworld. Another example — the rich man and Lazarus. A parable in which Jesus was warning the religious leaders that they were going to lose their position of authority — which they did to the Gentiles — because of their disobedience and rejection of Him. The sin of one man caused all men to be sinners and received death. Jesus conquered death and the grave for all men. But the restoration of all by what Jesus accomplished for all. The question is the timing.
Does scripture actually say man must confess while on earth to be saved? After the years, the rest of mankind — non-bondservant believers, along with non-believers — will be judged. The overcomers will not be judged — having already been found worthy. And as Chip said — mercy triumphs over judgment. In the end, all things will be restored to Him. Too many issues to spend time with any one… but to others reading this post.. I strongly agree Chip with the preeminence. When we pray we say unto God: let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
This is because we sense preeminence at its best in heaven and wish for our world to be like that. Thanks for the insight and stay blessed! Gods ultimate purpose is to have a fellowship of equality. Equals in the sense that my wife is as my equal. This was what he saw on the cross, and endured it—for this hope. She is depicted in Rev. Dan, This is something that I have question about. I have also been taught that there are different levels of heaven and different levels of punishment in hell. I thought the story of the 10 virgins is saying that 5 made it to heaven and 5 did not, I did not know all 10 of them did go to heaven, but only 5 was prepared to meet her Husband, and 5 was put somewhere else in heaven.
Also, we are depicted as differing in glory one from another just as the stars of the heavens. As for the ten virgins parable, they are in fact called virgins, not whores. I have never heard it put this way before,, but really strongly agree and really enjoy your messages Chip, thank you. Wow Chip, this is wonderful. I have encountered some people that resist the Gospel with every strength in them. They refer to Jesus as a god of the Jews rejected by his people and we, the brainwashed Christians want to impose him on them.
They say that they prefer to worship the god of their fore fathers, which they worshiped before the white men came and deceived them with this god of the Jews. Any attempt to convince them attracted names and insults. I know that God in His infinite mercy will get through to most of them one day.
But those that died with that rebellion, definitely have no hope any more. One single breath exhaled in the love of God and for His service is written down by the Pen of Glory as a princely deed. Were the virtues of this Day to be recounted, all would be thunderstruck, except those whom thy Lord hath exempted.
These are the days in which God hath proved the hearts of the entire company of His Messengers and Prophets, and beyond them those that stand guard over His sacred and inviolable Sanctuary, the inmates of the celestial Pavilion and dwellers of the Tabernacle of Glory. This is the Day whereon it is incumbent upon everyone that seeth to behold, and every ear that hearkeneth to hear, and every heart that understandeth to perceive, and every tongue that speaketh to proclaim unto all who are in heaven and on earth, this holy, this exalted, and all-highest Name.
This is a matchless Day.
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Matchless must, likewise, be the tongue that celebrateth the praise of the Desire of all nations, and matchless the deed that aspireth to be acceptable in His sight. The whole human race hath longed for this Day, that perchance it may fulfill that which well beseemeth its station and is worthy of its destiny. All created things proclaim the evidences of this worldwide regeneration. I swear by the one true God! This is the Ocean out of which all Seas have proceeded, and with which every one of them will ultimately be united.
From Him all the Suns have been generated, and unto Him they will all return. If one speck of a jewel be lost and buried beneath a mountain of stones, and lie hidden beyond the seven seas, the Hand of Omnipotence would assuredly reveal it in this Day, pure and cleansed from dross. He verily hath knowledge of all things.
The hour is approaching when the most great convulsion will have appeared. I swear by Him Who is the Truth! It shall cause separation to afflict everyone, even those who circle around Me. I swear by God! He Who is the Pre-Existent is come, that He may bestow everlasting life, and grant eternal preservation, and confer that which is conducive to true living. A severe trial pursueth you, and will suddenly overtake you.
Bestir yourselves, that haply it may pass and inflict no harm upon you. Know, verily, that an unforeseen calamity is following you, and that grievous retribution awaiteth you. Think not the deeds ye have committed have been blotted from My sight. Though the wonders of My mercy have encompassed all created things, both visible and invisible, and though the revelations of My grace and bounty have permeated every atom of the universe, yet the rod with which I can chastise the wicked is grievous, and the fierceness of Mine anger against them terrible.
By Him Who is the Eternal Truth! The day is approaching when the wrathful anger of the Almighty will have taken hold of them. He shall cleanse the earth from the defilement of their corruption, and shall give it for an heritage unto such of His servants as are nigh unto Him.
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For there hath never been, nor can there ever be, any other refuge to fly to for anyone. Then, and only then, will the Divine Standard be unfurled, and the Nightingale of Paradise warble its melody.
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Beware lest the powers of the earth alarm you, or the might of the nations weaken you, or the tumult of the people of discord deter you, or the exponents of earthly glory sadden you. Put your trust in God, and commit your affairs to His keeping. He, verily, will, through the power of truth, render you victorious, and He, verily, is powerful to do what He willeth, and in His grasp are the reins of omnipotent might. Nothing save that which profiteth them can befall My loved ones. The sea of joy yearneth to attain your presence, for every good thing hath been created for you, and will, according to the needs of the times, be revealed unto you.
Sorrow not if, in these days and on this earthly plane, things contrary to your wishes have been ordained and manifested by God, for days of blissful joy, of heavenly delight, are assuredly in store for you. Worlds, holy and spiritually glorious, will be unveiled to your eyes. You are destined by Him, in this world and hereafter, to partake of their benefits, to share in their joys, and to obtain a portion of their sustaining grace.
To each and every one of them you will, no doubt, attain. Every body calleth aloud for a soul. Heavenly souls must needs quicken, with the breath of the Word of God, the dead bodies with a fresh spirit. Within every word a new spirit is hidden.
Happy is the man that attaineth thereunto, and hath arisen to teach the Cause of Him Who is the King of Eternity. The triumph of this Cause hath depended, and will continue to depend, upon the appearance of holy souls, upon the showing forth of goodly deeds, and the revelation of words of consummate wisdom. Whoso is worthy of so high a calling, let him arise and promote it. Whoso is unable, it is his duty to appoint him who will, in his stead, proclaim this Revelation, whose power hath caused the foundations of the mightiest structures to quake, every mountain to be crushed into dust, and every soul to be dumbfounded.
Your behavior towards your neighbor should be such as to manifest clearly the signs of the one true God, for ye are the first among men to be re-created by His Spirit, the first to adore and bow the knee before Him, the first to circle round His throne of glory. Repose not yourselves on your couches, nay, bestir yourselves as soon as ye recognize your Lord, the Creator, and hear of the things which have befallen Him, and hasten to His assistance. Unloose your tongues, and proclaim unceasingly His Cause. This shall be better for you than all the treasures of the past and of the future, if ye be of them that comprehend this truth.
Erelong will God adorn the beginning of the Book of Existence with the mention of His loved ones who have suffered tribulation in His path, and journeyed through the countries in His name and for His praise.
Whoso hath attained their presence will glory in their meeting, and all that dwell in every land will be illumined by their memory. This is indeed what profiteth you in this world, and in that which is to come. Grieve not at the things ye witness in this day. In the Books of old the station of them that have voyaged far and near in order to guide the servants of God hath been set forth and written down.
So great are the things ordained for the steadfast that were they, so much as the eye of a needle, to be disclosed, all who are in heaven and on earth would be dumbfounded, except such as God, the Lord of all worlds, hath willed to exempt. That which hath been destined for him who aideth My Cause excelleth the treasures of the earth. On him shall also descend the Concourse on high, each bearing aloft a chalice of pure light. No pen can depict the loftiness of his station, neither can any tongue describe its splendor. Upon them be the glory of God, the glory of all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth, and the glory of the inmates of the most exalted Paradise, the heaven of heavens.
That there is none to rival you is a sign of mercy. Quaff ye of the Cup of Bounty the wine of immortality, despite them that have repudiated God, the Lord of names and Maker of the heavens. This is the day of those who have detached themselves from all but Him, the day of those who have recognized His unity, the day whereon God createth, with the hands of His power, divine beings and imperishable essences, every one of whom will cast the world and all that is therein behind him, and will wax so steadfast in the Cause of God that every wise and understanding heart will marvel.
These are the ones who, before the gaze of the dwellers on earth and the denizens of heaven, shall arise and, shouting aloud, acclaim the name of the Almighty, and summon the children of men to the path of God, the All-Glorious, the All-Praised. These Hands will gird up their loins to champion the Faith of God, and will, in My name, the Self-Subsistent, the Mighty, subdue the peoples and kindreds of the earth. They will enter the cities, and will inspire with fear the hearts of all their inhabitants.
Such are the evidences of the might of God; how fearful, how vehement is His might! One more word in conclusion. May it be the first nation to proclaim the unity of mankind. May it be the first to unfurl the Standard of the Most Great Peace. Its future is even more promising, for its influence and illumination are far-reaching. It will lead all nations spiritually. These same potencies, apart from, yet collateral with these efforts and accomplishments, are, on the other hand, insensibly shaping, under the impact of the world political and economic forces, the destiny of that nation, and are influencing the lives and actions of both its government and its people.
A word, if the destiny of the American people, in its entirety, is to be correctly apprehended, should now be said regarding the orientation of that nation as a whole, and the trend of the affairs of its people. The world is moving on. Its events are unfolding ominously and with bewildering rapidity. The whirlwind of its passions is swift and alarmingly violent. The New World is being insensibly drawn into its vortex. The potential storm centers of the earth are already casting their shadows upon its shores. Dangers, undreamt of and unpredictable, threaten it both from within and from without.
The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans are, with every acceleration in the march of science, steadily shrinking into mere channels. The Great Republic of the West finds itself particularly and increasingly involved. Distant rumblings echo menacingly in the ebullitions of its people. On its flanks are ranged the potential storm centers of the European continent and of the Far East. On its southern horizon there looms what might conceivably develop into another center of agitation and danger.
The world is contracting into a neighborhood. America, willingly or unwillingly, must face and grapple with this new situation. For purposes of national security, let alone any humanitarian motive, she must assume the obligations imposed by this newly created neighborhood. Paradoxical as it may seem, her only hope of extricating herself from the perils gathering around her is to become entangled in that very web of international association which the Hand of an inscrutable Providence is weaving.
That the world is beset with perils, that dangers are now accumulating and are actually threatening the American nation, no clear-eyed observer can possibly deny. The earth is now transformed into an armed camp. As much as fifty million men are either under arms or in reserve.