Sermon #14291 Miscellaneous Sermons
Title: All Things
Text: 2 Corinthians 5:18
Subject: What God’s Word Teaches Us About All Things
Last week I went to visit a dying friend, Bro. Jim Sligh. I went to comfort him and came away comforted by him. This was the last thing he said to me. “Bro. Don, don’t ever quit telling the story. Don’t ever quit telling sinners about Christ. Nothing else matters. He’s good. He’s so good. The Lord is so good! Tell it every time. Don’t ever quit.” The Lord took him home last night.
We have a lot of friends who are going through heavy, heavy trials. Our hearts ache for them.
· The Shanks Family
· The Sligh Family
· The Watson Family
Some of you are enduring great trials of faith. Our heavenly Father has been pleased to put you into the furnace of affliction. Yet he sustains you by his grace. You are comforted in the midst of great heartache by the sweet knowledge of his wise, adorable, and good providence, the blessed assurance of his goodness and grace in Christ, and the peaceful confidence that he who is our God and Savior has done all things well. Your sweet composure is both honoring to our God and the gospel we believe, and it is more encouraging to me and to these who weep with you and love you than words can express.
Some of God’s saints seem to have trials and temptations, one upon the heels of another. And, usually, those have the most difficult trials seem to bear them with great composure. You are always an encouragement to me. In the light of the heavy, heavy trials some believers bear with such grace, I get a little disturbed when people get all bent out of shape and complain about hangnails and dripping faucets!
In recent months, as I have thought about, and tried to pray for and help some troubled friends, my heart and mind have been once more directed to meditate almost constantly upon the gracious, wise, and adorable providence of our God.
Proposition: When trials and temptations assail our souls, nothing is more helpful and comforting than the blessed knowledge of God’s all-wise, good, unerring providence.
I thought it might be profitable for us this evening to look once more at two words, “all things,” used throughout the Word of God in relation to God’s providence and grace. I will have nothing new or profound to say to you in this message. I simply want to give you a message that will, I trust be blessed of God the Holy Spirit to your hearts as it has been to my own, for the glory of Christ.
These two words, “all things,” are used together in the Word of God two hundred and twenty times. More often than not, they are used in some connection with the Lord our God. Whenever we read these words in Holy Scripture, or think about them in relation to our God, we ought always to remember that when God says “all things,” he means “all things.” He does not mean some things, or most things, or even all good things. He means all things.
Obviously, we cannot look at all the places in the Bible where these two words are used together. That would take a while! But we are going to look at a bunch of them. I have a message today with nineteen points; but I plan to be finished in forty-five minutes. So I am not going to be doing much preaching. I want to simply weave these nineteen texts together and read them with you. We will let the Word of God expound itself. You cannot get better preaching than that.
This is a message that will thrill the heart of every believer, comfort your soul, encourage your faith, and strengthen your spirit, if God the Holy Spirit will graciously deliver it to your souls. It is a message that I trust may also be used of him to cause some of you who are yet without life before God to live and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. We know that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. May God now cause you to hear wondrous things out of his Word. If you will follow me now through the Scriptures, you are going to see that this Book asserts emphatically and constantly that “all things” are under the absolute control of he Lord our God.
I. We will begin at 2 Corinthians 5:18, where the apostle Paul tells us—“ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD.”
2 Corinthians 5:18 "And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;"
Just how far are we to take Paul’s statement here? Think about that for a minute. “All things are of God.” How far do you take that? Let me tell you. If I understand what this Book teaches, at all, you can carry those words just as far, just as high, just as deep, just as wide as your imagination will carry you. And when you have reached the utmost end of your imagination, as someone once said, you will have only “begun to commence, to get started!”
Take this blessed, inspired declaration just as far back as eternity past, and just as far forward as eternity future. Take it up to the highest heaven. Take down to the lowest hell. Take it around the world, through the world, and through all the ages of time. Take it through all that you have experienced, all that you are now experiencing, and all that you shall experience. When all that is, has been, and shall be has been considered, write this title over the picture and this explanation for the story—“ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD.”
A. In the creation of the universe, “all things are of God.”
Revelation 4:11 "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
B. In the wise and orderly disposition of providence, “all things are of God.”
Romans 11:36 "For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen."
C. In the salvation of our souls, “all things are of God.”
Here, in 2 Corinthians 5, that is obviously what Paul is specifically talking about. Look at any one aspect of salvation, or look at the whole package of grace. However you look at it, “Salvation is of the Lord!”
· Election, predestination, and redemption are of the Lord.
· Forgiveness, pardon, and justification are of the Lord.
· Reconciliation, regeneration, and sanctification are of the Lord.
· Repentance, faith, and conversion are of the Lord.
· Preservation, resurrection, and glorification are of the Lord.
II. Next turn to Proverbs 16:4, and we will see that ALL THINGS ARE FOR GOD, FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.
Proverbs 16:4 "The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil."
I do not presently see what God is doing in all things; but I am assured that in all things the Lord is making for himself an everlasting and a glorious name. When Isaiah described God’s goodness to Israel as he brought them out of Egypt and led the through the wilderness, and brought them into the land of rest, he said,…
Isaiah 63:12-14 "That (he) led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name? (13) That (he) led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble? (14) As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name."
That’s what the Lord our God is doing with us. He is making himself an everlasting and glorious name.
III. In Ephesians 1:10-11, the Holy Spirit informs us that ALL THINGS ARE DISPOSED OF BY GOD IN TIME ACCORDING TO HIS OWN PURPOSE OF GRACE IN ETERNITY IN DIVINE PREDESTINATION.
Ephesians 1:10-11 "That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: (11) In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will."
The essence of all that is this—Everything that comes to pass in time was predestinated by God in eternity, and is brought to pass according to God’s purpose for the salvation of his elect and the glory of his own great name.
IV. Turn to Hebrews 2:8-9. ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN PUT INTO THE HANDS AND UNDER THE FEET OF OUR MOST GLORIOUS CHRIST, THE GOD-MAN, AS OUR MEDIATOR.
Hebrews 2:8-9 "Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. (9) But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man."
John 3:35 "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand."
A. All things have always been in his hands and under his feet as God.
B. All things have been put into his hands and under his feet for him to rule over and dispose of for the salvation of his people, as the God-man, our Mediator.
John 17:2 "As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him."
Romans 14:9 "For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living."
C. All things shall yet be put under his feet.
Philippians 2:9-11 "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: (10) That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
V. Let’s go back to 2 Corinthians again. This time, we will look at chapter four, verse fifteen. Here the inspired writer tells us, “ALL THINGS ARE FOR YOUR SAKES!”
2 Corinthians 4:15 "For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God."
Psalms 57:2 "I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me."
What a God, what a Savior we have! He “performeth all things for us!” Imagine that! Can you get hold of that? He “performeth all things for us!” Whatever has been, is now, or shall be hereafter, is for your sake!
How often we are like Jacob and cry, “All these things are against me!” But that is never the case. All these things are for me!
VI. Take one more brief glance at Romans 8:28. Here the Holy Spirit teaches us that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR THE SPIRITUAL AND ETERNAL GOOD OF GOD’S ELECT.
Romans 8:28 "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."
Look at this verse with me, word by word.
C. “That All Things”
F. “For Good”
G. “To Them That Love God”
H. “To Them Who Are The Called”
I. “According To His Purpose.”
Romans 8:28-31 "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. (29) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"
VII. In 1 Corinthians 3:21, we are told “ALL THINGS ARE YOURS!”
1 Corinthians 3:21and 23 "Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours…(23) And ye are Christ’s"
If you are a believer, if you trust the Lord Jesus Christ, this is God’s word to you, to you personally, and to all of us collectively—“All things are yours!”
A. All Things Spiritual…
· All Grace!
· All Blessings!
· All Privileges!
· All Ministry!
B. All Things Temporal…
· To Use and Enjoy for the Glory of God and One Another’s Good!
C. All Things Heavenly…
· The Angels of God!
· The Throne of God!
· The Son of God!
D. All Things Eternal…
· All the Glory of Glory!
VIII. Here is a text designed and intended specifically for the benefit of you who are yet under the wrath of God. Look at Matthew 22:4. Here the Lord Jesus commands saved sinners to declare to lost sinners that “ALL THINGS ARE READY!”
Matthew 22:4 "Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage."
The Lord God has sent me to you with an invitation to the marriage supper of the Lamb. Come just as you are. Bring nothing with you. This is one marriage at which no guests with gifts will ever be admitted. At this marriage, all the gifts come from the Father of the Groom and are bestowed because of the Groom. The bride has no dowry! In Christ all things are ready for the salvation and eternal bliss of needy sinners. “The Spirit and the Bride say, Come; and whosoever will, let him come!”
A. Here is Complete Pardon—His Blood Atonement!
B. Here is Complete Righteousness—His Obedience!
C. Here is Sure Acceptance—His Promise!
D. Here is Unconditional Salvation—His Grace!
E. Here is Absolute Security—His Life!
IX. Turn to Acts 13:39. Listen to this—“BY (CHRIST) ALL THAT BELIEVE ARE JUSTIFIED FROM ALL THINGS!”
Acts 13:39 "And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."
A. There is no justification by the works of the law.
B. There is no justification by religious rites and ceremonies.
C. There is free, full, complete justification from all things in Christ.
· All Iniquity!
· All Transgression!
· All Sin!
D. This free, full, complete justification in Christ belongs to every believer. It is ours presently; and it is ours permanently.
Acts 13:23-26 "Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: (24) When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. (25) And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose. (26) Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent."
X. In the story of the rich young ruler (Matt. 19:26), we are told, “WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.”
Matthew 19:23-26 "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. (24) And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (25) When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? (26) But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."
When the disciples saw this impressive, moral, upright, religious man walk away from the Master, they understood what had happened. This young man was confronted with the claims of Christ the Lord and refused to bow. Then they said, “Who then can be saved?” And our Lord tells us two things plainly, in response to their question…
A. “With men this is impossible!”
B. “But with God all things are possible!”
No sinner is beyond the reach of God’s omnipotent grace. There is no filth that the blood of Christ cannot cleanse. There is no spiritual deformity that the grace of Christ cannot correct. There is no nakedness of soul that the righteousness of Christ cannot cover.
XI. In Mark 9:23, we read about a man who brought his demon possessed, speechless son to the Master. This is what the Lord Jesus told him. “IF THOU CANST BELIEVE, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM THAT BELIEVETH."
Mark 9:23-24 "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. (24) And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."
Here is a father believing Christ for his son. “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."
Our Savior said, that faith as a grain of mustard seed is sufficient to pull up a full grown sycamore tree or to remove a mountain (the mountain of our sins) and cast it into the sea.
The apostle Paul declared, “I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.”
XII. Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 5:17. Here we are told that CHRIST OUR SAVIOR MAKES ALL THINGS NEW.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
A. In Regeneration—A New Nature!
B. In Reconciliation—A New Record!
C. In Resurrection—A New Body! A New Life!
D. In Renovation—A New Heavens and A New Earth!
Revelation 21:5 "And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful."
XIII. In Romans 8:32, the apostle Paul assures us that, having given us his dear Son, THE LORD OUR GOD WILL FREELY GIVE US ALL THINGS AS WE NEED THEM.
Romans 8:32 "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?"
He who sacrificed his darling Son for us, to redeem and save us, will assuredly give us…
A. All The Things We Need!
B. All The Grace We Need!
XIV. In Proverbs 28:5, the wise man declares, by the Spirit of inspiration, “THEY THAT SEEK THE LORD UNDERSTAND ALL THINGS.”
Proverbs 28:5 "Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things."
A. We understand the origin of all things—God!
B. We understand the end of all things—The Salvation of God’s Elect and The Glory of His Name!
C. We understand the nature of all things—Temporal!
D. We understand all things spiritual!
All who are born of God and taught of God have the mind of Christ and understand all things vital and necessary to the saving of their souls.
1 John 2:20 "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things."
XV. Ephesians 5:20 teaches us that IT IS BOTH THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THE JOY OF BELIEVERS TO GIVE THANKS TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS.
Ephesians 5:20 "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;"
You will notice in the context that Paul is talking about walking in the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit. The Spirit filled life is the life of a believer giving thanks to God.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
A. It is our duty to give thanks to God always, in all things, and for all things.
B. It glorifies God for us to praise him and give thanks to him.
C. It breeds joy and peace in our own hearts and among our brethren for us to ever give thanks to God for all things.
XVI. Read Acts 3:21 with me, and understand that THERE IS A DAY COMING CALLED “THE RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS.”
Acts 3:19-21 "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; (20) And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: (21) Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began."
In that great and glorious day, when all things are brought to their final end, when time shall be no more, all things will glorify our God!
A. Either His Grace!
B. Or His Justice!
Everything that has been, all things, all events, all creatures, and all the actions of all creatures, whether good or evil, will praise him and prove to have been good!
XVII. Now, look at Revelation 21:7. “HE THAT OVERCOMETH SHALL INHERIT ALL THINGS.”
Revelation 21:7 "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."
A. All true believers may rightfully sing, “We shall overcome some day!”
· The World!
· The Grave!
This I promise you. – As the Lord God has bruised Satan under your Savior’s feet, So “the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly” (Rom. 16:20).
B. We shall then inherit all things by the grace of God.
· With Christ!
· In Christ!
· For Christ’s Sake!
XVIII. I cannot conclude this message without having you look at 1 Peter 4:7, where we are told, “THE END OF ALL THINGS IS AT HAND!’
1 Peter 4:7 "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer."
“Behold, he cometh!” When our great and glorious Christ appears the second time, without sin, unto salvation, then the end of all things will come.
A. The End of All Our Troubles!
B. The End of All Our Struggles!
C. The End of All Our Toils!
D. The End of All Our Trials!
E. The End of All Our Temptations!
F. The End of All Our Sins!
G. The End of this World!
H. The End of Your Opportunities!
I. The End of God’s Grace!
XIX. Turn with me now to Mark 7:37. This is my final word to you tonight. When the end of my days on this earth comes, when I look over my life’s finished story, I am confident, this will be my final word then. And when the end of all things has come, and time shall be no more, this will be the final word of all story and of all rational creatures—“HE HATH DONE ALL THINGS WELL!”
Mark 7:37 "And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak."
A. With Me and Mine!
B. With His Church!
C. With this World!
D. With You and Yours!
1 Tape # T-31
Reading: Psalm 34:1-22 or Psalm 57:1-11
See Sermon #1129 and 1272, “All Things,” preached at Danville, 1-30-94 (PM) and Madisonville 4-7-95 – Danville 1/19/97 (AM) – Cherokee, NC 10/18/00—Mid-South Baptist Church, Merigold, MS (Sunday PM – 04/24/02)—Lincoln Wood Baptist Church, Houston, TX (Friday PM – 03/28/03)—