“Lord, do You really mean ALL …?!”
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This is a question we would ask the Lord Jesus if we hadn’t first considered – and believed! – what is said of Him in II Corinthians 1:19,20: “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ … was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For ALL (emphasis mine) the promises of God in Him are Yes and in Him Amen, to the Glory of God through us.” Remember, too, that it was He Who said in Matthew 5:37, “But let your ‘Yes’ be simply ‘Yes’, and your ‘No’ be simply ‘No’; anything more than that is from the evil one.” In other words, the Lord means what He says and says what He means!
He delivered them from/out of them ALL!
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Psalm 34 is loaded with examples of the almost unbelievable reality of the Lord’s “alls”. Verse 4 alone exhilarates the fearful heart: “I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from ALL my fears.” What would happen if we listed every fear that plagues us and then allow this promise to wipe them ALL out, by faith? “This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of ALL his troubles.” (v.6) Then in verses 17 and 19 we read, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of ALL their troubles.” “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them ALL.” What do we do with this astounding Truth? Do we consciously or unconsciously believe that it is, so-called, “too good to be true”? Or do we declare, Lord, this is so good, and it is Your Word, so it IS true, and I simply receive Grace to believe it.
Not some but ALL things are become new when we become a new creation in Christ at the point of salvation (II Cor.5:17); and then we are able to say with confidence that “ALL things are of God” (v.18) Furthermore, ALL things are for our sakes (II Cor.4:15) and ALL things work together for our good if we love God and are called according to His purpose (Rom.8:28) So, indeed, we can wholeheartedly in ALL things give thanks (I Thess.5:16) and “Rejoice in the Lord ALL-ways” ( Phil.4:4), and be moved by NO-THING (Acts 20:24).
The God of ALL Grace is able …
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Every single one of the many facets of our lives are met and supplied with the unlimited, inexhaustible, ALL-sufficient, multi-faceted Grace of God. II Corinthians 9:8 beautifully supports this assertion and could in fact be called the “king of the ALL verses”! “God is able to make ALL Grace … come to you in abundance, so that you may ALL-ways and under ALL circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient … .” Philippians 4:19 also boasts of the ability of our Gracious God to “supply ALL [our] need” and indeed, to guarantee that we are able to do ALL things through Christ Who strengthens us (Phil.4:13). In fact, Paul declares, “He Who did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up for us ALL, how will He not together with Him also freely give us ALL things?” (Rom.8:32) – e.g. ” … ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph.1:3). He is likewise able to bathe our past in Mercy and “comfort ALL [our] waste places … ” (Isaiah 51:3), always faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse from ALL unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)
Now if He can do ALL of the preceding,
“Is there anything too difficult for God?” (Jeremiah 32:27b)
No! He is “the God of ALL flesh” (v.27a) and “There is NOTHING too difficult for [Him] – ” (v.17), and “NOTHING shall ever be impossible with [Him]” (Luke 1:37; Matt.17:20) In our most dire straits we can be confident that “NOTHING shall in any way harm us” (Luke 10:19), so that in NOTHING do we need to be terrified by our adversaries (Phil.1:28), and in NOTHING do we need to be anxious (Phil.4:6). We can likewise be unwavering in our confidence that NOTHING we do or don’t do can be against the Truth but only for the Truth (II Cor.13:8).
What do all these, and many more, promises of God constrain us to do?
” … Bless the Lord, O my soul, and ALL that is in me, bless His Holy Name!” (Psalm 34:1)
There is simply no argument that can stand against the God of ALL Grace. When our eyes are opened to this truth, we simply trust Him with ALL our hearts and don’t lean on our own understanding, acknowledging Him in ALL our ways, and He directs our paths (Proverbs 3:5,6). Furthermore, because we are so trusting Him by faith, and receiving His all-sufficient Grace, we cannot keep this “unspeakable Gift” to ourselves but rather find that with no self-effort on our part, it simply pours out of us to others; we are free to “sow beside ALL waters”! (Isaiah 32:20) To carry it a step further, we experience what a trusting saint once said, “When we dedicate our lives to sowing, the majority of our problems will be gone.”
Paul’s prayers for the Body of Christ
We’ll end now with two of the benedictions of the Apostle Paul for the saints at Rome and at Thessalonica, respectively:
“May the God of your hope so fill you with ALL joy and peace in believing … that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing … with hope.” (Romans 15:13)
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace … at ALL times and in ALL ways [under ALL circumstances and conditions, whatever comes]. The Lord be with you ALL” (II Thess.3:16)