Impartial Grace: Isaiah 40

“Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak comfortably to Jerusalem; and call out to her that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received of Yahweh’s hand double for all her sins.” The voice of one who calls out, “Prepare the way of Yahweh in the wilderness! Make a level highway in the desert for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The uneven shall be made level, and the rough places a plain. Yahweh’s glory shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it.

(Isaiah 40:1-5, emphasis added)

There are few words more potent than these. God will make His way to His people. He will make a way for us to be His people. He will make our paths straight. He will level the ground to make our walk without obstacle. His glory will be revealed.

God’s people have been in captivity for a long time. They will no longer be the captives of Assyria, but of Babylon. Israel paid “double for all her sins.” Her sins are paid. There will be no obstacle in His path to hinder our walk. The path will be smooth. He will be seen. He will be known. “All flesh will see it together.”

The authority for this promise is the Lord. “All flesh shall see…” His glory. We will all be “together” when He reveals Himself to all flesh. No person will be exempted. The most loving and the most hateful will be together when He reveals His glory. This is God’s promise. The promise of the Messiah has been fulfilled. All flesh will see the glory of God. We will seek God’s Holy Spirit to help us spread that Word. Jesus saves all men!

That’s offensive to traditional orthodoxy. The doctrine of eternal conscious torment is central to their theologies. The idea that Jesus saves all is heresy to the advocates of that doctrine. Eternal conscious torment teaches only some are saved. The doctrine requires God be willing that not all be saved. Satan wins as most of the creation of God will be eternally and consciously tormented forever, never seeing God’s glory, but only suffering His wrath. What might the reaction of all people be? I say, “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father.” This is Impartial Grace.

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