Saviour of All Fellowship
Dear Friends in Faith,
On a message board on the internet Robert Owen Roth wrote:
Another UR Myth Demolished
UR likes to show that all men will be saved using Jesus words that I will draw all men to myself. But then Christ torpedoes URs understanding of those words with, Depart from me (Matthew 25:41). He literally detaches himself from some after they have come into his presence . . . Jesus Christ draws all men to himself through both salvation &/or judgment . . . : John 5:28-29 For the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
Tonys reply: Christ did not say specifically when all would be drawn to Him due to His death, until it was given to Paul the apostle in 1 Corinthians 15:22-28; Philippians 2:8-11
and Ephesians 1:10 to name a few passages. Of course there are judgments to come. But those judgments will not stand in the way of all being drawn to Christ. They just happen to come beforehand, thats all. Otherwise you would have major contradictions. If you pit one verse against another then you destroy the truth. For instance, you take one verse saying depart and pit it against other verses dealing with the salvation of all mankind. Both are true in their own time. Also, the drawing or subjection to Christ has more to do with life
than judgment. For instance, in 1 Corinthians 15:22-28 the vivification of all must come first before all can be drawn and subjected to Christ. This is the case as well in Philippians 3:21 where Paul wrote: Who will transfigure the body of our humiliation, to conform it to the body of His glory, in accord with the operation which enables Him even to subject all to Himself. And what is that operation? Is it judgment? No. It is vivification.
The September Fellowship will be held on the 21st at the home of Lou and Dianne Klinger. We will begin about 11:00 in the morning, concluding about 4:00 p.m. (the noon meal will be provided).
For October we plan a day of fellowship here on the 5th at the home of Tom and Joanne
Hough, one mile south and about 2/3 of a mile west of Almont. Again the times are 11 to 4 with a noon meal provided.
Tony spent most of August working with Jim and Sue Coram at the Concordant Publishing Concern in Santa Clarita, California. Dean and Gisela Hough were also away for several days in August because of the death of Giselas father, Dr. Jacob W. Goerzen, of Edmonton, Alberta. He was a deep student of the Scriptures and firm believer in Gods purpose to reconcile all through the blood of Christs cross. He was much interested in the work of the Concordant Publishing Concern and had translated and published a Concordant translation of several portions of the Bible into his native Low German dialect (used by many Mennonite people in Russia).
Copies of Brother Goerzens translation (beautifully bound), which include a foreword
and preface in both Low German and English, are still available. Also we have a few used, well-worn, copies of the 1944 edition of the English Concordant Version (New Testament only), some bound with the first edition of the Keyword Concordance (1947). Some of these are quite tattered but still readable. If you would be interested in either or both of these works, write to us for particulars.
Yours in His Grace,
Dean Hough and Tony Nungesser
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