SEVENTH SEAL LIBRARY

God's Truth Not Smooth Words

God Says “ALL”

©copyright 2003 Bonita M Quesinberry, R.C.; excerpt Truth Gathering, Vol. II (not yet available)    

The word ALL appears in the Bible at least 5,479 times.” How many people have considered the spiritual meaning of this word? Surely not many, else the Christian world would not be riddled with myriad fears, anxieties, anger and vile superstitions or even dread earth’s coming end and, certainly, they would truly embrace God and Christ instead of preaching and living by “smooth words.” Discover ALL that defies man’s smooth words and discover ALL the blessings where this word is used.

“Webster’s New Word Dictionary, College Edition” defines ALL as “whole extent or quantity of, every one of” or to indicate true sincerity as opposed to feigned; offers various uses of the word coupled with others, such as “give your all,” totality, the whole of any given number: i.e. the whole of 30 or 50 or 100.

Since the Bible speaks not to the world at large, rather only to God’s people thus Christ’s sheep, it is easy to discern that, in the Biblical context of salvation being offered to as well as Christ’s blood cleansing “all the world” or “all of mankind,” ALL represents the whole of an explicit number as opposed to earth’s entire population. As an example, USA statistics indicate that, of its total population, 85-per cent profess Christianity; however, Christ spoke of those who “flatter me with your lips, but your heart is far from me.”

Therefore, many of those 85-per cent only appear to be Christian on the surface by spoken words and, possibly, by a few of their actions but not by all of their actions. It is easy to say one loves God and Christ, but what proof does one have that he or she is not simply uttering meaningless platitudes? While we need not prove anything to God, for He is all-knowing thus knows hearts, we must to prove to self that we love God and Christ.

Romans 12:2, II Corinthians 8:8 and 13:5, Galatians 6:4, and II Timothy 2:15, each validate that we must prove to self our love for God. I John 5:2-3 enlightens how we go about proving our love, “We know we love man and love God, because we obey God’s Commandments.” Love is not an adjective to describe emotion; it is a verb of action. Words are not action but should reflect a like action from the person professing love.

We also have to prove our love to the Holy Spirit. Why the Holy Spirit? Because, while God is all-knowing, His angels are not. Genesis 22:11-12 finds the Holy Spirit preventing Abraham from sacrificing Isaac, whom He previously had instructed to do that very thing. The Spirit then explained His counter command: “You have PROVEN TO ME that you fear God by not withholding your son from me.” To “fear God” is to love, honor, obey and trust God; trust that His commands are for our good thus do them.

Therefore, proof to self and the Holy Spirit of our love for both man and God is shown in I John 5:2-3 and confirmed in Romans 2:12-13,15,18— “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified; which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness. And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law.”

Of that 85-per cent professing Christianity, how many would God consider true Christians? Biblically, true believers are referred to as “a remnant,” both in the Old and New Testaments. Historically, in each case where God declared that He would save a “remnant” of the Jews, the number always equaled 10-per cent of their total population during any given event: their total population because they all professed God. Therefore, it behooves us to understand that the term remnant also represents 10-per cent of those professing to be Christians in any given generation since the Messiah’s ministry.

Clearly, the Bible boldly states that ALL men will and/or have heard God’s Truths but also informs that not ALL will accept, atone, heed and obey: only those who obey are justified by God. As Jesus put it, “Many are called, but few chosen.” He also refers to the sheep as small flocks; thus, it is reasonable to accept the 10-per cent figure when redemption occurs, understanding that it is an erroneous teaching to declare that ALL mankind will be saved or that even ALL professing Christians will be saved and ALL were saved by Christ’s blood. Not so.

Still, to all who are approved by God there are some wonderful Biblical uses of the word ALL found in some of God’s promises to believers; such as Mark 9:23, “ALL things are possible to him that believeth.” This doesn’t say “some things,” it says A—L—L, ALL THINGS are possible to those who believe. And, who are the believers? Those who are “justified before God,” as noted in Romans c.2 above.

John 14:26— “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you ALL things, and bring ALL things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” The Spirit will teach ALL things, not just some things; which goes hand in hand with Psalm 111:10 and 119:104, “A good understanding have ALL they that do [God’s] Commandments. Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” Ephesians 5:17 reveals that believers also understand what is God’s Will; while Colossians 1:9 states that believers will be filled with ALL wisdom and spiritual understanding, that they might walk worthy of the Lord in ALL ways pleasing to God, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Now, where does it say that only a man can teach us all of God’s things or that we cannot know all of God’s things? Such does not apply to approved believers, only to those deemed unbelievers. Psalm 147:5 reveals the magnitude of understanding believers gain, “[God’s] understanding is infinite.” Further, Timothy 2:7 clearly states, “The Lord gives you understanding in ALL things.” So, when someone teaches that no one can ever understand everything about God and/or His Word, know that they teach a lie based on their own lack of godly wisdom and understanding.

Romans 8:28 significantly points out, “And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” There is that word again, A—L—L; meaning all the good and all the bad things that have or will happen in a believer’s life. All of those things will be used by God in His purpose for the believer; in other words, the mission He has planned for a specific believer: whether it be to witness to those who have been abused or raped or sinned against in any of myriad ways or another might suffer various illnesses and diseases and so forth. Understanding that even adversity ultimately is for our good should make it far easier to deal with hard times when they come; and, from this writer’s point of view, it definitely makes it far easier to get through those times knowing that good is on the other side. To use a metaphor, the sun always shines once a storm has passed.

There are so many more incidents and promises involving the Bible’s use of ALL, far too many to cite in this limited format; considering that it appears at least 5,479 times in God’s Holy Word. Suffice it to say, it is in the believers’ best interest to accept Jesus as God’s Son and to obey God’s Statutes of Life: ALL of twelve of them. It is God’s Will, it is His Doctrine. Only twelve, yet the blessings we receive in doing so are infinite; simply because we prove to self and the Holy Spirit that we do love God. It is not just a hollow word we throw around. Remember: love is not an adjective used to describe an emotion; it is a verb, thus our actions should reflect the love we claim.

Don’t forget this word ALL, A—L—L, that God uses so abundantly. It is such a magnificent word amidst God’s Holy Words to believers. How powerful it is! How glorious is our Father and His Christ! Gain ALL wisdom, gain ALL knowledge, gain ALL understanding, have ALL your prayers heard, gain ALL of God and His Christ! ALL, A—L—L !

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7 October 2006 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Related Articles, Bible Study, Blessings, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Church, Faith, God, Grace, Holy Spirit, Jehovah, Jesus, Love, Redemption, Religion, Remnant, Salvation, Spiritual, Spiritual Study, Ten Commandments, Theology, Truth

2 Comments »

  1. Obviously, the scriptures do not cite the exact figure of 10%. As I noted in the article, it takes scripture and historical census research. The Jews kept maticulous records as well as population census.

    I beg to disagree that Christ is the “remnant.” The people are the “remnant” of Christ’s church, both Jews and Gentiles; all they who are deemed true believers. I do agree that we must be “in” Christ and He must be “in” us; for without Him, we can never be “in” Him. Of course, to be in Christ is to behave as Christ; which is to say, we have the mind of Christ.

    While 10% seems such a small number, it really isn’t when we take into consideration the world’s Christian population in each generation beginning with Christ’s ministry: almost 2000 years worth of population, less non-believers. 10% of believers: unfortunately, this reveals 90% are merely flattering the Lord but their heart is far from Him.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and for your insightful comments! 🙂

    Love in Christ,
    BonnieQ

    Comment by bonnieq | 8 October 2006 | Reply

  2. Again, I agree with most of what you say here. You have good exegesis of Romans 8, among other things. I would be interested in seeing your exegesis of specific passages dealing the numerically rather exact figure of %10 for the remnant. I am not sure that one could posit from Scripture that it was *always* %10 exactly. It seems to me that Jesus Christ is the remnant, other than which there was *no* remnant. We all must be in Christ Jesus (“in” is the most important preposition in the NT) in order to be saved (see Ephesians 1, where “in” is used about 14 times). Does not the remnant fluctuate?

    Comment by greenbaggins | 8 October 2006 | Reply


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