Impartial Grace: Psalm 65

You who hear prayer, to you all men will come. Sins overwhelmed me, but you atoned for our transgressions.

(Psalm 65:2-3, emphasis added)

The Psalmist reaches out to our heavenly Father. The Psalmist gives praise, honor and glory to God in this opening verse of this prayer. He declares “…to You all men will come.” The Psalmist does not discriminate between nations or families. The word “will” here is an imperative. It shall happen. The word is a promise. All flesh will come to Him. Greater still in these words we hear the promise that God will place all our sins in a state of forgiveness. God atones not only for the sins of the Psalmist, but for the sins of “all men” that will come to Him.

Traditional doctrines teach us to believe that Christ’s atoning sacrifice is valid only for those whom He chooses or only for those who choose Him. Christ’s atoning sacrifice was sufficient only for a few who chose or who were chosen. The doctrine of eternal conscious torment limits God’s grace. It is traditionalist teaching that God’s mercies are not for all.

God’s Holy and Precious Son was obedient to His Father. His life was given. He suffered horrendous tortures for the sin of all flesh, for all families and for all nations. God’s love is greater than the doctrine of eternal conscious torment. His love is Impartial Grace.

By awesome deeds of righteousness, you answer us, God of our salvation. You who are the hope of all the ends of the earth, of those who are far away on the sea; Who by his power forms the mountains, having armed yourself with strength; who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations. They also who dwell in faraway places are afraid at your wonders.

(Psalm 65:5-8, emphasis added)

The Psalmist is quick to sing praises and to encourage others to sing praises to the Lord. God answers the prayers of the nation and His answer is just. The Psalmist knows God is the nation’s only path to salvation. The Psalmist goes further. God is “…the hope…” of all creation. His power calms seas. His power calms men.

Universal reconciliation embraces these verses. The breadth, depth and width of God’s love is all-consuming. There is not a soul who is not loved by God. Universal reconciliation teaches that God is all-powerful. We preach that His power reaches into the hearts of men. Hardened hearts can withstand His love for only a short while before He “creates all things new.” God’s Word does promise He will set all things right. He will set all people right. His justice will be exercised. Those living “in faraway places are afraid at your wonders.” They are in awe of His power. Those who dwell at the ends of the earth “will bow their knees and confess with their tongues that Jesus Christ is Lord.” This is Impartial Grace.