Saviour of All Fellowship
July 2002

Dear Friends in Faith,
    Someone wrote:
    “Philippians 2:10-11 assures us that someday all people will acknowledge that Jesus is Lord, but not necessarily as Savior. (Even those in hell will have to acknowledge Christ’s lordship.)”
    Tony’s reply:
    It is the understanding of Scripture that someday all mankind from Adam to the last person born will happily acclaim that Jesus is Lord. No one can say that Jesus is Lord but by the saving work of holy spirit. The writer above states though that this is “not necessarily as Savior.” This is not correct. They bow in (not at) the name of Jesus (the name “Jesus” means “Yahweh-Saviour”) so they will bow the knee in the name of Jesus as their Saviour. This is all to the glory of God, the Father. Where in all of the Bible does it say “Even those in hell will have to acknowledge Christ’s Lordship” as he asserts? Let him bring forth the scripture which says so. Also, I am curious as to what benefit it is to Christ or those in “hell” that they finally acknowledge Christ’s Lordship in their lives and finally do what He says? For instance, The Lord stated in Luke 6:46 this: “Now why are you calling Me ‘Lord,’ and are not doing what I am saying?” Now in Philippians 2:11 all are calling Him Lord and that to the glory of God, the Father. Would it bring glory to the Father if they were calling Christ their Lord and at the same time were not doing what He was saying? We therefore know it is not in hypocrisy. So what might Christ tell them to do in this future event since He is now truly their Lord? He might tell them: “You shall be loving the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole comprehension. This is the great and foremost precept. Yet the second is like it: ‘You shall be loving your associate as yourself.’ On these two precepts is hanging the whole law and the prophets” (Matt.27:37-40). Will they, can they now do this in “hell”? This is highly doubtful that anyone will be doing anything in “hell” for it is called “death.” And the Bible is clear that the dead know nothing. Rather, this happy acclamation will echo throughout the universe to God’s glory after death is abolished and all rejoice in God’s saving power through Christ! Once God is finally All in all will not all love God with all their heart, soul and comprehension and their associate as themselves? I would surely think so for God is love!
    July 20 and 21 are the dates for the July Fellowship in Grand Rapids. It will be held at the Pilgrim Manor, Hanish Memorial Chapel, 2000 Leonard St. NE, with meetings beginning at 10:30 AM on Saturday until about 4:00, and continuing Sunday morning from 10:00 to 12:00. Rick Farwell will be the special speaker both days. The theme will be Reclaiming the Era! centering on Colossians 3 and 4. For further information contact Orville Hunt or us at Saviour of All Fellowship.
    A special Fellowship is being planned for August 3 at the Grace and Truth Chapel in Baldwin. Besides a memorial service commemorating the life of Dorothy Johnson Hibberd (who died last May) we hope to review many of the distinctive teachings of faith presented at the Chapel for the past half century and more. The theme will be: Grace and Reconciliation.

Yours in His Grace,
Dean Hough and Tony Nungesser

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