With the same Bible we can prove and then disprove Universal Salvation. Likewise, with the same Bible we can validate and then invalidate many ideas: Dispensationalism and Kingdom, Slavery and Freedom, Exclusion and Inclusion, etc. The beauty and Truth of God's omnipotence is reserved for the eye of the beholder. Interpretation all depends on the reader. To be blunt, if the eye is wicked, it will see wickedness.
Because there are so many conflicting teachings in the Bible we must lean on the Holy Spirit, the Helper, to guide us into the Truth of Christ and into the nature of God. Simply put, if Christ is the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8) - then the world, and those in it, have always been reconciled to God and were reconciled to God before sin ever entered the world. As Christ declared on Calvary's cross It Is Finished - and it was actually FINISHED before it ever started! We were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4).
So, the drama at Calvary was not happening in real-time. Calvary's episode was merely time's rerun of eternity's sitcom as it were. In other words, the happening, seeing, recording and then the human retelling of the story of Calvary were all for us - so we might be made aware of God's greatest gift to mankind... and to awaken to its reality. We don't Get Saved. We only Awaken to Salvation!
God has never been out of control of His universe or out of touch with His creation. God is omnipresent. Even though we may attempt to justify and convince ourselves and others of not being able to find God, this impermanent spiritual blindness is usually a result of the illusion of separation caused by sin, guilt and fear.
God is not, nor has ever been, an absentee landlord. We are saved and have always been.
Quote of the Week
"We do not have to create good, for it already exists eternally in the fact of the Omnipresence of God. Nevertheless, we have to bring it (good) into manifestation through our own personal realization of Truth."
- Emmet Fox