Universalist Quote of the Day #47

“Teacher: In looking back upon what you have learned in this book, what do you discover most prominently and clearly set forth?

Scholar: The love of God.

T: Towards how many is that love exercised?

S: The high and the low, the rich and the poor, the evil and the good.

T: How is it manifest?

S: In nature and in Scripture.

T: How, in nature?

S: God makes ‘his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.’

T: Do you remember to have noticed other displays of his impartial love in nature?

S: I do.  The air we breathe is given, alike, to all.  Summer and winter, day and night, come to distribute equal blessings, and the winds blow, and the seas roll, the stars shine and the flowers bloom, for all classes of men.

T: How do the Scriptures show that God loves all his children?

S: They teach us that he is ‘good until all, and his tender mercies are over all the works of his hands.’

T: Do they teach us that he is good to the disobedient and sinful?

S: They tell us that ‘he is kind to the unthankful and the evil.’

T:  Do you think of any greater display of his impartial love, of which we read in the Bible?

S: ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, to die for the world, that the world through him might be saved.’

T: How do you know that it was not the righteous only for which God sent his son to die?

S: Because the Apostle says, ‘God commended his love towards us, in that, while we were yet still sinners, Christ died for us.’

T:  Have you learned how long the love of God will continue?

S: He is ‘the same yesterday, to-day, and forever.’

T: But may not our sins separate us from his love?

S: St. Paul says: ‘I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth nor any other thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’

T: If that be so, then is God’s love eternal.  He loves all and will continue to love them forever and ever.  What great doctrinal truth is established by these facts?

S: The same love which blesses me in this life, will bless me in the life to come.”

–Rev. L. J. Fletcher, Key to the Young at Heart: Designed Expressly for Universalist Sunday Schools.  Boston: Universalist Publishing House, 1863: 52-55.

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