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PAUL refers. The whole is shut up unto unbelief in order that the whole may find mercy; and as the unbelief is actual and absolute, so, if there be a parallelism, must the mercy be equally actual and absolute.
e., unto (or perhaps into) Him all things shall return. The original imports that God is at once SOURCE and GOAL; AUTHOR and END of all Creation. No outlook can be more magnificent; no hope more divine, or broader, than this. Naturally, and characteristically, popular teaching practically ignores such a passage. (How different would have been its reception had it contained an anathema.)
“AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS TO GOD. SO THEN EVERY ONE OF US SHALL GIVE ACCOUNT OF HIMSELF TO GOD.” Rom. xiv. 11-12.
S. PAUL here quotes the great passage – Is. xlv. 22-23, in which salvation is promised to the entire human race, and which the apostle connects with the Judgment – see p. 295. From the whole context it seems that Christ’s empire over all is absolute; extends to the dead; implies salvation; and this salvation is linked with His (future) judgment. The word translated “confess” is properly to “offer praise” or “thanksgiving.” Thus, S.