Impartial Grace: John 1

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

(John 1:3, emphasis added)

The Son is The Father’s grace. Grace made us and grace saves us. Christ Jesus is Grace. God is merciful to all because of the Father’s Grace. The doctrine of Impartial Grace demonstrates God’s capacity for mercy. This doctrine demands we believe God’s mercy is “over all.” We are all wonderfully made. We are all His creation. We will be reconciled to Him. This is “The Blessed Hope.” This is Impartial Grace.

The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn’t recognize him.

(John 1:9-10, emphasis added)

Jesus Christ is the Light. He “…gives light to everyone….” His Light isn’t given only to this group or that; this nation or that; this man or that man. His light is in everyone. Everything created is created by Him. His Spirit is given to everyone. When we die our spirit returns to Him Who gave it. “The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.” God’s love is for everyone and He puts His Spirit into everyone. It is God’s will that all be saved. God is Sovereign!

Lee Salisbury posits the thought, “If the doctrine of ‘eternal punishment’ is true, then…” scriptures like these we have been discussing “cannot be accepted at face value.” If the doctrine of eternal conscious torment is true, then “God’s ability to regenerate the spirit of man and to fulfill His own word is limited by the heartbeat of man.” That is a profound statement. The verses stand alone. They do not require any references to other scriptures to support them. They are true and reliable on their face.

Pride has led us to this place. We have denied God’s power when we say He is unable to reconcile and to restore a man’s (mankind, Adam) spirit. We have denied God’s promise when we say He is unable or unwilling to keep His promise. Pride has led us to this place. Lord help me to shed my pride. Help us all to see You in a Light that is all-consuming fire, love, mercy. Lead us to preach. Amen.

The next day he [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming to him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

(John 1:29, emphasis added)

Mr. Sprenger tells us, “‘The ‘sin’ is in the singular, indicating the complete removal of the ‘sin principle’, or sin itself with all of its consequences, not just the individual acts of sin.” Sin is removed from the world. All sin over all time over the whole of His creation is taken away from the world. There is not a sin that is not forgiven except one and that is to withhold forgiveness from another. The unforgiving will not be forgiven. Who when standing before Him will be able to withhold forgiveness? I dare say no one.

John describes Him as the Lamb of God. It will be this Lamb that will shed blood to take away the sin of the world. The blood of this Lamb is God’s plan for the salvation of the world. It is His will that all be saved. Is there any other way to understand this scripture? Jesus is the Lamb of God. He “takes away the sin of the world!” He does not take away sin because a prayer was said. He does not take away sin because of any ritual. He came to take away the sin of the world.

These verses simply understood declare that all sin is a matter of the past. All sin of the world is taken away. The blood shed is saving grace. The blood shed is mercy without limits. The blood shed is love. The blood shed is God’s blood. His Son’s blood shed for the forgiveness of sin. All sins are forgiven. God is love in this Light. Jesus died for the sin of all. It was ordained before the foundations of the earth. His love is infinite and completely merciful. Not one of His sheep will be lost.

John the Baptist fulfills the prophecy regarding Christ Jesus by this declaration. “Behold! THE LAMB OF GOD takes away the sin of the world.” No confession, no conditions, nothing other than the Lamb of God takes away the sin of the world. This is Impartial Grace.