While browsing about in Barnes and Noble I could not miss the wide variety of mystery books. I am going to assume that mysteries sell really well or Barnes and Noble would not use up their precious space with something that just sits and gathers dust. This week we could not find apple butter at our supermarket. When we asked where it was the manager did not even know what apple butter is. Apparently it is not something often requested. So why clutter up their space?
This week someone told me there would only be 144,000 souls saved. He quoted Revelation 14. He failed to note Revelation 7:9 which speaks of a saved multitude so large no one could number them. Heaven is big. There is lots of room for everyone. God does not have to conserve space. There is room for you and me and all our children and grandchildren and ancestors. If need be God could make it bigger like old farmhouses that have extra rooms built on the back to accommodate more children.
This whole idea of being special to other’s disadvantage is so human and so unchristian. We want to be honored no matter who else isn’t. This is the mystery of iniquity in us. In Ephesians 3 Paul speaks of a different mystery. It was an idea so new that past generations did not know. But now via God’s revelation to Paul we know grace is available to everyone. Disregard your genealogies. Your blood line or church membership has nothing to do with salvation. It is all about Jesus and God’s grace. So if you were counting on getting a special seat in heaven you can forget it. Egalitarianism is a gem from the “unsearchable riches of Christ.” Eph. 3:6
Written by Roger Bothwell on May 14, 2014
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