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"God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself." It is the world, then, that needs reconciling. Not, as theologians have vainly imagined, that God needs reconciling to the world; contrariwise, it is the world that needs reconciling to God. God is not away from the world, but the world is away from God.

Christ came not to turn away divine, but human wrath. Mankind have strayed, not the Maker of us all. The children have wandered away from the Father, not the Father from the children. The prodigal has left the Father's house, but the Father is still there, and the prodigal must come back if he would receive the Father's blessing. . . . It was and is that God might reconcile the world unto himself. The world,—not a part, not a chosen few, not an elect number, but the world, the whole world.

The Universalist Leader.

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