Following the biblical narrative to its conclusion.

There are many themes in scripture from judgment, to justice to peace. One theme that penetrates the entire biblical narrative from Genesis to Revelation is that of inclusion of the entire human race and the restoration of all things. Let’s follow this through the text.

Genesis 12:3 — All peoples on earth will be blessed through Abraham.

Genesis 22:18 — All nations on earth will be blessed through Abraham’s offspring.

Psalms 22:27 — All the ends of the earth and all the families of the nations will acknowledge God.

Psalms 65:2 — All men will come to God.

Psalms 86:9 — All nations will worship and glorify God.

Psalms 145:9-10 — The Lord has compassion on all His creation and all He has made will praise Him.

Psalms 145:13 — The Lord loves all His creation.

Psalms 145:14 — The Lord upholds all who fall.

Isaiah 25:6-8 — God will prepare a feast for all people, He will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers up all nations. He will eliminate death, wipe away the tears from all faces and remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth.

Isaiah 45:22-23 — God has sworn an oath that every knee will bow before Him and every tongue will swear by Him.

Isaiah 49:6 — God’s salvation will be brought to the ends of the earth.

Jeremiah 31:33-34 — All men will know God, from the greatest to the least.

Matthew 18:13 — Like the man who owes a hundred sheep and is not willing to lose even one, God is not willing that any one be lost.

Matthew 19:28 — Jesus said to them, “I assure you who have followed me that, when everything is made new, when the Human One sits on his magnificent throne, you also will sit on twelve thrones overseeing the twelve tribes of Israel.

Luke 2:10 — The birth of Jesus is good news for all people.

Luke 3: 5, 6 — John the Baptist quotes Isaiah’s words that all mankind will see God’s salvation.

John 1:29 — Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

John 3:35 — God sent Jesus to save the world.

John 4:42 — God has committed all things to Christ.

John 5:25 — Even the dead will hear the sound of Christ and all who hear will live.

John 6:37 — Everything that God has given to Christ will come to him.

John 12:32 — When Jesus is lifted up from the earth, he will drag all men to himself.

John 12:47 — Jesus came to save the world.

John 17:2 — God granted Christ authority over all people so that Christ may give eternal life to all that God has given him.

Acts 3:20-21 — Jesus must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything.

Romans 3:3-4 — The unbelief of some will not nullify God’s faithfulness.

Romans 5:18 — The act of obedience of one man (Jesus) will bring life for all men.

Romans 8:19-21 — Creation itself will be liberated and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

Romans 8:38-39 — Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ.

Romans 11:32 — God made all people imprisoned by disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

1 Corinthians 15:22-28 — All will be made alive in Christ, but each in his own turn and ultimately Christ will subdue all his enemies, eliminate death and God will be all in all.

2 Corinthians 5:15 — Christ died for all.

2 Corinthians 5:19 — Through Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself.

Ephesians 1:11 — God will bring all things under heaven and on earth under Christ.

Ephesians 4:10 — Christ ascended higher then all the heavens to fill the whole universe.

Philippians. 2:9-11 — Every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (In 1 Corinthians 12:3, Paul writes that no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit)

Colossians 1: 19-20 — God was pleased to reconcile to Himself, all things on earth and in heaven through the blood of Christ.

1 Timothy 2:4-6 — God wants all men to be saved and to know the truth. Can God’s desire be thwarted?

1 Timothy 4:10 — God is the Saviour of all men, especially (not exclusively) those who believe.

Titus 2:11-12 — God’s grace, which brings salvation has appeared to all men.

Hebrews 2:9 — Jesus tasted death for everyone.

1 John 2:2 — Christ is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only ours but of the sins of the whole world.

1 John 4:14 — Christ is the Saviour of the world.

Revelation 5:13 — Every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, and on the sea will sing praises to him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb (Christ).

Revelation 21:4-5 — God will dwell with men and he will wipe every tear from their eyes, death, mourning, crying, pain and the old order of things will pass and everything will be made new.

Notice the theme?

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