In 1Timothy 2:4-6 we learn that God "will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." God has determined that eventually all will know of his saving grace through Jesus. To those who have the faith to believe, that time is now.
God purposed the rescue of man through his Son from the beginning, even before sin entered the world. We are told in Revelation 13:8 that Jesus was "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." John 3:16 tells us "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him would not perish (in death), but have everlasting life." God's great love is manifested to us by this gift of his Son. Jesus also demonstrated his love when he chose to freely offer himself up as that lamb. Yes, God has given us a great gift - the way back to him through his son. This is the answer to all who are"sin sick and weary". This is the answer to our longing.
To those who have the faith, God has offered a grand invitation to come to him and through Jesus he claims us as his children. The Apostle Paul prayed for our faith that: "The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power." God is ready to claim us as his own, to love, instruct and prepare our hearts for a future work in resurrected glory with Jesus!
Not only are there blessings now in faith-communion with our Father and His son Jesus, but there are promises of greater things in the future. If we remain in faith, and faithful to the Lord, we are promised joint-heirship with our risen Lord. This is the reward for exercising faith and trust in God and his Son at this time. Jesus speaks of those with faith as blessed - "Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear." And indeed they are! They have tasted and seen that the LORD is good. They have songs of praise in their hearts not only for their Savior Jesus, but for their Heavenly Father from whom all blessings flow!
God intends yet to restore mankind to the moral and physical perfection that was lost in Eden. This will require the enforced rule of the glorified Christ and the risen Church over his earthly kingdom. Then will "all the families of the earth be blessed" through that benevolent rule. In Revelation 21:2-4 we are given a glimpse of this new arrangement: "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." This will be a time when the blindness of unbelief will be removed and mankind will see God as he is through the work of His son Jesus Christ and the Church.
The prophet Isaiah tells us: "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." What a glorious prospect!
What of Satan? He also will be destroyed in the symbolic "lake of fire". This will be the culmination of God's determined will for man as stated by the apostle Paul: "For he (Jesus) must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death . . . And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."
When this is accomplished, then all will have songs of joy and gratitude in their hearts. They will truly praise God from whom all blessing flow!
There's no place where earthly sorrows
Are more felt than up in heav'n;
There's no place where earthly failings
Have such kindly judgment giv'n.
Search the Scriptures, search and see
God in mercy judgeth thee.
For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of man's mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.
Search the Scriptures, search and see
God's great kindness unto thee.