179 – THE GOD OF ALL
God must be God of all or he is not God. If all have sinned and no longer have the glory of God, it is not right for anyone to belong to a group of destitute, condemning another group of destitute (Rom. 3:23).A god that prefers a condemned man to another is far from the ideal. Let us therefore prove by the Bible that the true God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is God of all: good and bad, just and sinner, dead and alive, righteous and unrighteous, Jew and Gentile, etc.
1. God loves everyone. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through Him” (John 3:16-17). God loves the sinner before he ever turns to Him. “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Now, Jehovah hated sinners, therefore he is not God of all. Jehovah tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked (Ps. 11:5-6). “‘A clamor has come to the end of the earth, because Jehovah has a controversy with the nations. He is entering into judgment with all flesh; as for the wicked, He has given them to the sword,’ declares Jehovah” (Jer. 25:31).
2. The Father is God of Israel and of the gentiles. Is God perhaps a God of the Jews alone? Is he not a God of the Gentiles also? Certainly, He is God of the Gentiles, also (Rom. 3:29). Jehovah was exclusively the god of Israel. “You are the sons of Jehovah your God; you shall not cut yourselves nor shave your forehead for the sake of the dead. For you are a holy people to Jehovah your God; and Jehovah has chosen you to be to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth” (Deut. 14:1-2). “Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I Jehovah am holy; and I have set you apart from the peoples to be Mine” (Lev. 20:26).
3. God the Father is for all, alike. “One god and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:6). Jehovah was only for Israel, for he showed himself to be an enemy to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, hurting them with ten plagues in order to save only Israel (Ex. 7 through 14). Because he was for Israel alone, he condemned the Canaanites to destruction. “ For it was of Jehovah to harden their hearts, to meet Israel in battle in order that He might utterly destroy them, that they might receive no mercy, but that he might destroy them, just as Jehovah had commanded Moses” (Josh. 11:20).
4. The grace of God is for all. “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men” (Titus 2:11). Now, where there is no law there is no grace, for Paul says, “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law, but under grace” (Rom. 6:14). In other words, Paul is saying that sin has dominion over those who are under the law, and not over the ones who are under grace. Now, Jehovah gave the law, and where there is law, there is no grace. Jehovah left grace out when he gave the law at Mount Sinai, and by the law he condemned the people whom he saved from Egypt. This is why all those who left Egypt died in the desert. Therefore, Jehovah is not god of all.
5. Jesus is the savior of all, for he saves righteous and unrighteous alike. As there is biblically no righteous, let us consider the good men, meek, and charitable as righteous. The Centurion Cornelius, from the Italian cohort, was devout and feared God, and his entire household with him. He prayed and gave alms to the poor. Jesus sent Peter to preach the Gospel to him (Acts 10:1-6). We read about sinners: “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3). And Jesus said, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matt. 9:13). Paul declared that Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). Jehovah, on the contrary of Jesus, does not save sinners… “All the sinners of My people will die by the sword” (Amos 9:10). “The soul who sins will die” (Ezek. 18:4).
6. Christ’s sacrifice is valid for all men in this world, since Adam until today. “And He himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). The sacrifices of the law of Jehovah were for Israel only, for they were done in the temple of Solomon according to the law. “You shall make an altar of earth for Me, and you shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen; in every place where I cause My name to be remembered, I will come to you and bless you” (Ex. 20:24). One can see that Jehovah is not god of all.
7. The gospel of salvation is for all, and so the order of Jesus was, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16). The plan of Jehovah was other: to restore Israel and the throne of David, and for the nations to come up yearly to Jerusalem to adore the king, Jehovah of the Armies. If any nation did not come to worship Jehovah, as punishment, there would not be rain. And if the families of the Egyptians did not come up, the plague of Jehovah would come over them. This was for all the nations (Zech. 14:16-19). The plan was the supremacy of Israel over the other peoples, for Jehovah is god only of Israel, not of all.
8. The kingdom of God the Father is in Heaven, not on Earth. “Jehovah will deliver me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom” (2 Tim. 4:18). This was Paul’s word. Now, the word of Peter: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (2 Pet. 1:3-4). The inheritance of Jehovah is on earth, and for the predestined only. “What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make his power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory” (Rom. 9: 22-23). Through this we can see that Jehovah is not the savior of all, like the Father, as we read in 1 Tim. 4:10.
9. The sun of the Father rises over all men, good and bad. And his rain comes down on the righteous and the unrighteous alike (Matt. 5:44-45). The sun of Jehovah is for his predestined ones, who will go and tread upon the other men. “But for you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. And you will tread down the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing” (Mal. 45:2-3). Jehovah is not the father of all.
10. The God Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is God of all, because his will is that everyone who sees Jesus and believes in Him may have eternal life, and may be raised up (John 6:40). Jehovah, on the contrary, said to Moses, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” (Ex. 33:20).
Carefully comparing the Old Testament with the New Testament, we can find dozens of texts revealing that Jehovah is the god exclusively of Israel, and that the Father is the God of all the nations, making no distinction between nations, such as Jehovah does. Read Ex. 11:7, where Jehovah confesses to make distinction between Israel and Egypt, harming the one and favoring the other. And why? This is because Jehovah is not the god of all men as the Father is.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira