POINTS OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY


    1. God WILLS the salvation of all MANKIND.  Proof: — 1 Tim. 2:4. "Who will have all men [all MANKIND] to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth."‘‘? Reader, shall the will of God be done? See, for an answer, Dan. 4: 35. "He doeth according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay His hand, or say unto Him, ‘What doest thou?’ “

    2. God PURPOSES the salvation of all men. Proof:—Eph. 1: 9, 10. ''Having made known unto MANKIND the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in himself; that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things [which, includes ALL MEN] in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in Him.''" Will God's Purpose be executed? See Isa. 46:10. "My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure."

    3. God 'PROMISES to save all men. Proof: — Acts 3: 25. "Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with Mankind’s fathers, saying unto Abraham, “And in thy seed shall all the kindred of the earth [all MANKIND] be blessed."'' Will God fulfil His Promises? See 2 Cor. 1: 20. "For all the promises in Him is yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by MANKIND.'' God is true; therefore every promise of God is true, and, consequently, each must have its due fulfilment.

    4. God MAKES AN OATH that He will save all men. Proof: — lsa. 45: 23, 24. ''I have sworn by myself, the word has gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear, surely shall say, “In the Lord have I righteousness and strength.'' Will God make good His Oath? See Heb. 6: 17, 18. "Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before MANKIND."  [If God had sworn by any thing finite, that thing might fail, and then the obligation would be at an end; but He has sworn by what is infinite, and cannot fail; therefore His oath is an assured obligation. Clarke, on the above text.]

    5. God ACCOMPLISHES THIS by sending His Son to save all men. Proof:—Jn.. 3: 17 ''For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might [will] be saved." Will God make good His Oath? See Heb. 6: 17, 18. "Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before MANKIND."  [If God had sworn by any thing finite, that thing might fail, and then the obligation would be at an end; but He has sworn by what is infinite, and cannot fail; therefore His oath is an assured obligation. Clarke, on the above text.]

            Thus it is seen that what God wills, He purposes; what He purposes, He promises; what He promises, He makes an oath to; and what He makes oath to, He sends His Son to accomplish without error or failure.

Additional Proofs of the Validity of God's Promise

Numb. 23: 19. God is not a man that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent. Hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?

Ps. 18: 30. The word of the Lord is tried.

Ps. 89: 34. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips [i.e. the Gospel].

Ps. 119: 89, 90. Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations [all MANKIND in all Ages].

Isa. 25:1. Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

Isa. 46:11. I have spoken it and I will bring it to pass. I have purposed it and I will also do it.
The unbelief of man shall not frustrate the purpose of God

Rom. 2:3, 4. For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith [promise] of God without effect 1 God forbid: Yea let God be true, but every man a liar.

2 Tim. 2: 13. If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny himself.

Rom. 4:20—22. He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded, that what He had promised, He was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to Him for righteousness.
The Law cannot disannul the Promise of God

Gal. 3: 17, 18. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect; for if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. (This covenant takes in not the Jewish people only, but all MANKIND; for it is written, in thy. seed [the Messiah] shall all MANKIND of the earth be blessed. This Universal blessedness can never be "confined to the Jewish people exclusively; and as the covenant was legally made and confirmed, it cannot be annulled; it must therefore remain in reference to its object. (Ref. Clarke). Nothing shall be able to separate MANKIND from God's Love

GOD'S ETERNAL LOVE AND ETERNAL SECUITY

Rom. 8:38, 39

 ''For I am persuaded, that
neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor powers, nor things present,
nor things to COME,
nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."


            Paul not only taught that God loves his creatures, even when dead in trespasses and sins, Eph. 2:4, 5, but that there is no power in heaven above, nor on the earth beneath, nor in the universe of Jehovah, which can separate us from his love. Some may object and argue that Paul was speaking only of God's love to Christians, and not of to all mankind. Yet, we believe He was speaking not only of God's love to Christians, but of his love to mankind in general, as is evident from Eph. 2:4, 5, ''But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins.'' If God loves mankind even when dead in sins, will he ever cease to love them? If he is unchangeable then he surely will not stop loving man. If, then, there is any truth in the declaration of the apostle, which we have quoted from Rom. 8: 38, 39, nothing can separate God's creatures from his love.

            Life cannot do it. If we should live through ceaseless ages, we cannot outlive the love of God.
            Death cannot. No; death cannot place us beyond the reach of God's love.
            Angels cannot. No; angels, whether fallen or otherwise, cannot do it.
            Principalities and powers cannot. No; there is no power in the universe that can do it.
            Things present or to come cannot do it. No; there is no circumstance of time, place or condition, now nor never will
            be that can do it.
            Height nor depth cannot do it. No; we may speed our way upward with the velocity of lightning, and continue to
            ascend through the regions of space, till millions of ages have rolled around, but we could never reach the place where
            we should not be surrounded with the tokens and evidences of God's impartial and undying love. Or we may descend
            with the same velocity, and for the same length of time, into the regions beneath, but we could not go where "universal love”
            would not smile around and encircle us in its warm embrace.  
            No creature can separate us from the love of God. No; we may imagine as many devils as we please, but no devil ever
            did or ever will exist which will possess the power to rob God of his children, or separate them from his love.

                    ''May the reader, with all the children of God, be able to comprehend what is the breadth, and length,
                    and depth,
and height; and to know the love of Christ, which surpasseth knowledge, that they may be
                    filled with all the fullness
of Him that filleth all in all. Amen. So be it! So let it be! and so it will be:
                    for all the counsels of God are faithfulness
and truth; and not one jot or tittle of His promise has failed,
                    from the foundation of the world to the present day; nor
shall ever fail, till mortality is swallowed up
                    of life. Amen and amen.''
(Dr. Clarke, on Eph. 3:18-21.)]