“All Things”

Perhaps no other phrase better captures the all-encompassing power and dominion of God’s kingdom than the phrase “all things”. Its reoccurrence in the word of God should leave no doubt of the finality of God’s divine program.

The phrase is mentioned in reference to: origin, existence and end.

Of origin:

“for by Him were ALL THINGS created” (Col. 1:16), “ALL THINGS were created by Him, and for Him (Col. 1:16), “there is but one God, the Father, of whom are ALL THINGS” (1 Cor. 8:6).

Of existence:

“by Him ALL THINGS consist” (Col. 1:17); “who works out ALL THINGS after the counsel of His own will” (Eph. 1:11); “upholding ALL THINGS by the word of His power” (Heb. 1:3).

Of end:

“that in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in One ALL THINGS in Christ” (Eph. 1:10); “by Him to reconcile ALL THINGS to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross” (Col. 1:20) “And when ALL THINGS shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put ALL THINGS under Him, that God may be all in all” (1 Cor. 15:28); “to Him are ALL THINGS” (Rom. 11:36); “whom heaven must receive until the times of the restitution of ALL THINGS” (Acts 3:21); “He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill ALL THINGS” (Eph. 4:10).

Thus, to reject the truth of universal reconciliation is to also reject creation’s origin and existence in God. But to those with ears to hear the faithful and true witness confirms that He makes all things new (Rev. 21:5).

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