TODAY’S READING: JOHN 3-4
“The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” – John 3:35-36
God loves Jesus.
God gives all things into Jesus’ hand.
Whoever believes in Jesus has eternal life.
Whoever does not obey Jesus will not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
SO WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL THINGS?
Do some things, some people, live forever?
Do other things, other people, get destroyed?
I think most read these verses in John and say those that believe in Jesus are going to live forever while those that don’t believe in Jesus are not going to live forever and instead will suffer from the wrath of God, burning forever in the lake of fire.
But, what if the whoever believes and whoever does not obey is more about this life or this age?
What if the whoever believes and whoever does not obey is about the process of all things being given into Jesus’ hand?
For something to be in your hand is for you to have authority over it.
So, what if, instead of the eternal state of all things, we are being told the process of Jesus having authority over all things?
Some will believe in Jesus and have eternal life now, in this age, and in the age to come.
Others will not obey Jesus. They will not see life now, in this age. But, the wrath of God, which is in truth a furious love that burns away all impurities, a love that cleanses, will remain on them until they can come under the authority of Jesus and be in his hand, whether in this life or age or the next.
Because of what you have been told and taught, you might think what I just wrote is wrong and heretical.
But, let’s read about all things.
WHAT ARE ALL THINGS?
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.” – Colossians 1:16
All things are everything in heaven and on earth that have ever existed. They are everything visible and invisible, material and immaterial, physical and spiritual.
WHERE DID ALL THINGS COME FROM?
“All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” – John 1:3
“For as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.” – 1 Corinthians 11:12
“God, who created all things.” – Ephesians 3:9
“He [Jesus], for whom and by whom all things exist.” – Hebrews 2:10
“The builder of all things is God.” – Hebrews 3:4
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” – Revelation 4:11
God created all things. It is by God that all things exist. He builds and creates all things. And, all things were made through Jesus.
WHY DO ALL THINGS EXIST?
Read through the verses above again. All things exist for Jesus.
WHAT DOES GOD GIVE TO ALL THINGS?
“God, who gives life to all things.” – 1 Timothy 3:16
Therefore, “he who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.” – Ephesians 4:10
Jesus fills all things with life.
Therefore, this is how “in him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:17
This is why Paul said, “Since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything…for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.'” – Acts 17:25, 28
WHERE DO ALL THINGS LIVE AND RESIDE?
“All things have been handed over to me by my Father.” – Matthew 11:27
“All things have been handed over to me by my Father.” – Luke 10:22
“The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand.” – John 3:35
“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands.” – John 13:3
WHY ARE ALL THINGS IN JESUS’ HANDS?
“For ‘God has put all things in subjection under his feet.’ But when it says, ‘all things are put in subjection,’ it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him whom put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.” – 1 Corinthians 15:27-28
All things are in Jesus’ hands so that can be made subject to him. Jesus has authority over all things. Jesus has this authority so that God may be all in all, everything in everything.
IN THE END, WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL THINGS?
“And he who is seated on the throne said, ‘Behold I am making all things new.” – Revelation 21:5
Remember, all things are everything that has ever been made in heaven and on earth.
“In him we have the redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” – Ephesians 1:7-10
It’s the mystery of God’s will.
It’s according to his purpose.
It’s his plan for the fullness of time.
That in Christ all things would be united in him.
The Greek word for unite means to sum up. In particular, it means to sum up an argument or a train of thought.
What is the argument that started in the heart of God and has been building for all time?
That God may be all in all.
This is the argument being made in the creation account in Genesis 1. And, it is culminated with man made in God’s image and likeness. It is a physical creation filled with the Spirit. It is heaven and earth being joined together as one. It is God’s rule, his love, in the earth through man.
This is the argument for all things that gets summed up in Jesus.
“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of the cross.” – Colossians 1:19-20
All things will be reconciled to God. This is why the fullness of God was pleased to dwell in Jesus. This is why Jesus died on the cross.
However, it is critical to understand that the end of all things is not that some would live forever and others be destroyed forever. This is not what it means to reconcile all things.
To reconcile means to restore to friendship or harmony.
In the end, all things are going to be brought into a harmonious friendship with God. God is all in all. You cannot reconcile all things by destroying some of them.
To reconcile means to make consistent or congruous as in making an ideal consistent with a reality.
Jesus is the image of God (Colossians 1:15) and the exact imprint of his nature (Hebrews 1:3). All things are being made consistent and congruent with his ideal, with God. You cannot make all things consistent with the ideal image of God by destroying some of them.
HOW ARE ALL THINGS SUMMED UP AND RECONCILED TO GOD?
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7-8
God is love.
God bears all things.
God believe all things.
God hopes all things.
God endures all things.
God never ends, never stops, never fails.
He continues until he is all in all.
Until all things are made new.
Until all things are summed up in him.
Until all things are reconciled in him.
This is what God, what love, does.