You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us
————-No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found
Joy To The World
————Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty Who was and is and is to come With all creation I sing praise to the King of Kings
The Revelation Song
Do these songs resonate with your soul’s desire? Do you want to sing to the King of Kings with ALL creation or with just some of it? Do you yearn for everyone to see God as He is and bow and worship Him for His love and beauty forever? Do you experience a deep desire for the curse to be broken and all to be made beautiful? Why is it so easy to sing these songs of praise to God when we are told that God will not have all restored or all creation worshipping Him? Where do these desires come from?
C.S. Lewis suggested that God “makes no appetite in vain.” That is, even our unmet desires indicate that such a thing exists. So also we can take our desire for all things to be redeemed and made new as a God-given desire yet to be fulfilled.
Could God’s plan be better than you ever thought? Even more could God Himself exceed your hopes and expectations? Why do we yearn for a complete restoration to the point where we even say things we aren’t supposed to mean? Apparently the Church cannot suppress its deep desire for God to restore all His creation. They are not allowed to believe what they are so often heard saying:
“What is redemption? In the biggest sense, It’s God’s arrangement to reverse the curse of sin and to renew all things–to restore creation, not destroy it. God is on a mission to reclaim and replenish His corrupted territory. ‘Behold,’ He says, ‘I am making all things new’ (Rev 21:5).”
Tullian Tchividjian Surprised by Grace
“Jesus, the King, created all things in love. He has the power and the beauty to see his vision for the world through to its glorious end, to undo everything we have been able to do to harm it. To accomplish that, He had to come and die for it. Three days later, he rose again; and will one day come back again to usher in a renewed creation.”
Tim Keller King’s Cross
The above quotes are from ministers who believe that most of mankind will suffer eternal conscious torment in hell. Therefore these statements should be qualified in order to clarify what they really mean. But, would you desire for them to be qualified or do you wish for them to be as true as they appear? Why does your heart desire so deeply for these statements to be taken at face value? And what drives one to make these kinds of statements in the first place?
True Christian Universalism believes that within the Story of God, summarized by the historical creeds, there lies a bigger picture yet to be acknowledged by most in the Body of Christ. We are thinking it, wishing it, singing it, speaking its language, and even living as if it were true! But we are not yet confessing it. Even Francis Chan admitted that this issue is more complex than he first thought and he urged us to “keep researching.” But more importantly we ought to heed our Lord’s words when he said, “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?” (Lk 12:57) God has given us permission to use our God-given judgment to discern what is true.
If you feel a sense of awe and wonder at the thought of God reconciling all sinners to Himself, please listen to that God infused desire and “see if these things be true.” If the concept of God leaving most of His creation in a hopeless state of eternal conscious torment does not sound like good news or a reflection of a good God, then realize He has given you permission to consider and discern whether these things pass the test of being “true and lovely” (Phil 4:8).
We will be filling this site with examples of how our favorite authors, pastors and songwriters are unintentionally affirming and supporting the vision that Christ’s redemption will prove to be wider and deeper than we had ever dared dream or imagine…!
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Eph 3:20
The following evangelical leaders are demonstrating that Christian Universalism forms ONE beautiful unified Story of God when heard together:
Matt Chandler Peter Kreeft
Christians from History:
Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones
C. S. Lewis
G. K. Chesterton