THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
All Things – The All
February 7, 2011
The word all is a very small word, but it is a mighty comprehensive word that sums up the purpose of
God, for He has purposed that His Son, our Lord Jesus, shall be all in all so that He, that is, God the
Father shall be all in all .
In the New Testament, the word all and the expression all things (appearing about 110 times), are most
often translated from the Greek word panta , which is a neuter plural form that refers to “wholly,
together, in all ways, in all things” ( Vine’s Expository Dictionary ). In other words, panta is a very
comprehensive word, just as the word all is in English, which, as an adjective, refers to “the whole
extent or quantity of or number of,” “every one of,” or “the greatest possible; as much as possible.” For
example, Paul declared: God our Savior, Who will have all [ panta ] men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4
KJV). By the way, is anyone excluded from God’s all? No!
In the New Testament, the Greek expression ta panta appears about 34 times, depending on the
particular Greek version. The word ta is most often translated as the definite article the . Ta panta is
generally translated as all things , but it could be equally translated as the all . We could say that God’s
purpose is the all . It might sound like a strange expression, but really it is not because it intensifies the
word all to include everything and exclude nothing.
Rather than offer detailed explanation of the all verses, I am simply going to present them and allow
them to speak for themselves to prove that God’s purpose encompasses the all .
The administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things
[ ta panta, the all ] …. (Ephesians 3:9 NASB)
For by Him all things [ ta panta, the all ] were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible
and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities―all things [ ta panta, the all ]
have been created through Him and for Him. (Colossians 1:16 NASB)
For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things [ ta panta, the all ] i s God.
(Hebrews 3:4 NASB)
“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created
all things [ ta panta, the all ] , and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” (Revelation
As if this is not enough, Paul tells us that the all is from, by, through, and for God and His Son, the Lord
Jesus Christ. In other words, God is not merely the Creator of the all , but God and His Son are
intimately joined to the all .
Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things [ ta panta, the all ] and we
exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things [ ta panta, the all ] , and we exist
through Him. (1 Corinthians 8:6 NASB)
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things [ ta panta, the all ] . (Romans 11:36 NASB)
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things [ ta panta, the all ] , and through whom are all
things [ ta panta, the all ] , in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation
through sufferings. (Hebrews 2:10 NASB)
Not only is God the Creator, but He is the life-giver of the all .
I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things [ ta panta, the all ] …. (1 Timothy
Also, He not only creates and gives life, but His purpose is and will be worked out in the all .
Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who
works all things [ ta panta, the all ] after the counsel of His will…. (Ephesians 1:11 NASB)
Turning specifically to Christ, Paul declares that He existed before all things came into being. After all,
He is the Creator and in Him the all holds together, that is, by the word of His power He keeps the all
together. We could say that He keeps, sustains, and preserves the all .
He is before all things [ panton ] , and in Him all things [ ta panta, the all ] hold together. (Colossians
And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all
things [ ta panta, the all ] by the word of His power. (Hebrews 1:3 NASB)
In a most amazing statement, Paul declares to all who have an ear to hear that Christ who created the
all will also fill the all with His very life, and He will begin with the ecclesia, which is His spiritual,
He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might
fill all things [ ta panta, the all ] . (Ephesians 4:10 NASB)
And He put all things [ kai panta ] in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all
things to the church [ecclesia] , which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all [ ta panta, the
all ] in all [ pasin ] . (Ephesians 1:22-23 NASB)
How will He do this? Through reconciliation; the all has been shut up under sin so that the all will be
reconciled back to God through the One who fills the all . Oh, the glory of God’s purpose and plan!
But the Scripture has shut up everyone [ ta panta, the all ] under sin, so that the promise by faith
in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. (Galatians 3:22 NASB)
Through Him to reconcile all things [ ta panta, the all ] to Himself, having made peace through the
blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians
How will Christ complete this great plan? He will sum up or gather up the all in Himself.
An administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things [ ta
panta, the all ] in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. (Ephesians 1:10 NASB)
Paul actually defines the all for us. The all is everything in the heavens and on the earth. In other
words, the all is God’s entire creation as we know it and, most likely, as we don’t know it, for it includes
the unseen as well. There is nothing left out of the all of God’s purpose. Nothing! Praise God!
The Upward Call: #05-1126 
By: Stuart H. Pouliot