And yet, as Pusey reminds us here, God's love is not wanting to any of us - it is we who exile ourselves from that love. We should embrace it, and we should repent and follow Him; that is what he tells us, so let us go and do it.
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Here, coming to the climax of the sermon, Pusey points out that the consequence of Christ's sacrifice and of the necessity of our accepting it, entails consequences for those who refuse it.
In this third extract, we find Pusey addressing head on the dilemma which we all face in answer to the question of how many shall be saved; in the end God, and God alone judges.
It is very easy, indeed natural, to want to believe that all are saved; our affectionate nature recoils from the thought that there are those we loved who will be denied the Beatific Vision; but as Pusey points out here, there are good reasons against such a belief.
'Universalism', the belief that all will be saved, is not endorsed by the Church; indeed quite the opposite. For those who want an interesting and worked through Orthodox view on these things, I commend Fr Aidan Kimel's blog, where he has run an excellent series on this topic, The notion that it is but recently that Christians have moved from the 'damnation and hell fire' view on this topic is one which, as this sermon from Pusey shows. is not as new as we might think. The temptation has been there is every age to play the love of God off against the idea of judgment and hell. As the original of this sermon is nearly 5000 words, I have edited it rather severely - but it will take the rest of the week to get to the root of the matter from Pusey's point of view.