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6/29/16 at 02:09 PM 0 Comments

Why Is It Incredible?

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When Zondervan included an essay on Christian Universalism in their recent publication of Four View on Hell, Second Edition, many people thought it was "incredible" that a well-respected evangelical publisher would acknowledge that universal salvation is a position Christians should seriously consider.

What was even more "incredible" to them was the observation by the book’s editor, Preston Sprinkle, that Christians can no longer dismiss this view as unorthodox!

But why should anyone consider it incredible to believe that God will actually do what He says He will do?

There are undoubtedly many things in this world that can legitimately be considered “incredible.”

But why should anyone – especially those in the religious community – consider it incredible to believe that God will ultimately save the entire world?

An Incredible God

The God who created all things is all-powerful. The God who created all things is all-wise. It is the very nature of the God who created all things to love. And this Creator has specifically said He desires all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.

When speaking to the crowd after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus said when He was lifted up from the earth, He would draw all people to Himself.

Paul told his readers in Colossae that just as God created everything and everyone in heaven and on earth through Christ, so He will ultimately reconcile to Himself everything and everyone in heaven and on earth through Christ.

And the Apostle John explained that Jesus Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

So why is it "incredible" to believe that God will actually accomplish what He said He intends to do? Why is it "incredible" to think that the God of heaven will ultimately get each and every person He created through heaven’s doors?

There certainly are many things in this world that can legitimately be considered “incredible.” But believing that God will accomplish all of what He set out to accomplish is not one of them!

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