In part two of my two-part series on God’s will to save all things, we will examine how the bible expressly illustrates the process of “how” God will restore everything.
What can kill can also heal. What is “bad” for us can become “good” for us. The venom of snakes is about healing and transformation.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. – Matthew 24:7-8
The time is surely coming, says the Lord GOD, when I will send a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. – Amos 8:11
The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction, and concern for instruction is love of her, and love of her is the keeping of her laws, and giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality, and immortality brings one near to God; so the desire for wisdom leads to a kingdom. – Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20
Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. – Matthew 24:12-14
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. – 1 John 3:2
Through only one sentence, Yeshua establishes a brand new theological system, based only on empathy, compassion, and devotion to God and each other. There is no mention of “self”, it all about loving God and everyone else.
Simple, clean, beautiful, and perfect.
… and how we screw it up.
To my mind and heart, today’s readings are heartbreaking examples of the maddeningly repetitive reality of human greed and lust for power. It never, ever ends well, for any society… ever.