Daily Devotion: The Simple Logic of Christian Universalism

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Bible Readings for Tuesday, June 21th, 2011 – The Week of The Holy Trinity

*Click on each bible passage to expand the text.

Psalm 29

Job 39:13-25

1 Corinthians 12:4-13

  • May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace! – Psalm 29:11
  • “Do you give the horse its might? Do you clothe its neck with mane?” – Job 39:19
  • For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body– Jews or Greeks, slaves or free– and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. – 1 Corinthians 12:13

One Body: Through Christ and In God

1 Corinthians 12
4. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
5. and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord;
6. and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.
7. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

Let’s review some of the basic tenets of Christian Universalism:

  • Salvation is an unmerited gift from God: it cannot be earned so that no one can claim preference before God. (Eph 2.8)
  • All is made equal before God, for God is in all. (Col 3:11)
  • All people are now baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 12:13)

This is how the little child in Africa who has never heard the Gospel in his or her life still receives salvation should they be killed.

This is the deathblow to exclusive, fundamentalist Christianity.

This life is not about you and your personal salvation. That has been guaranteed through Christ. (Heb 7:18-22)

It’s about the common good. (1 Cor 10:24)

Loving your neighbor. Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.

This is the simple logic of the body of Christ.

This is the simple logic of the Spirit of God.

This is the foundation of the Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven.

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Romans 5
"18. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.
19. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous."

Comments

  1. billspinks says:

    Love the thoughts and have stolen the pix –

  2. Hear, hear!

  3. Wendy Harrington says:

    I always thought the truth lay in that scripture about which guy did the master recognize, the one who paid lip service and did nothing, or the one who protested and denied his master, but wound up doing his will…

  4. Yes, the Simple Logic of God ensuring the security of ALL men. Amen! I agree totally!

  5. Wendy Harrington says:

    Yup, that’s the scripture! I think if you look up ‘lip service’ in the dictionary, you’ll find this parable. There’s a lot to read between the lines here. Why did the first son say no? Was he crazy? Perhaps. Maybe, like many of us, he was carrying around a lot of ‘baggage’ that made him rebellious, or unresponsive. What made him regret it? Did he grow and heal and then come to his senses?
    And what about the son who said yes, but didn’t. Was HE crazy? Or was he full of pride and arrogance that led him to thiink he didn’t have to do his father’s bidding? There’s a wealth of stuff in there!

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