Is God successful?
June 30, 2018
“God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself,” writes St. Paul. And Jesus said that He came to “seek and to save the lost (or perished)” Did He succeed? He cried out on the cross “Father forgive them…” and “it is finished.” So was it? And did the Father forgive them? Did the “Lamb of God, take away the sin of the world” or not? Was Jesus Christ and Him Crucified a success or not? John writes that He appeared to “destroy the work of the devil.” Will He? Did He? Much, perhaps most, of the early Church seems to have believed the answer is “Yes!” It wasn’t until 553 AD that the Roman Emperor Justinian pressured the 5th General Church Council into stating that the idea of a Hell that comes to an end was heretical. By then the Emperor controlled the institutional Church, and emperors like to carry a big stick. But before that time, the idea that God in Christ Jesus would do just what the voice on the throne says He would do, was fairly common. Revelation 21:5 “And He who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also He said, ‘Write this down for these words are trustworthy and true.’” God saves—in a Word, Jesus.
We believe that Jesus wins… absolutely.
If you’d like more information on these ideas, go to “A Theology of Relentless Love” check out that information, particularly the article “All Things New and a place we call “Hell.”
All of the above is taken from a church website. That church is in Denver CO.
The Sanctuary Downtown
Meets Sunday Mornings at 10:00am3101 W 31st Ave, Denver, CO 80211
On Speer Blvd one block west of Federal