Impartial Grace: John 17

Jesus said these things, and lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said, “Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may also glorify you; even as you gave him authority over all flesh, he will give eternal life to all whom you have given him. This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

(John 17:1-3, emphasis added)

Jesus Christ is preparing for His upcoming trial, conviction and execution. He tells His Father that He is prepared for the time of His tribulation. Jesus knows His Father’s sacrifice is great and that only glory will come from it. The Father has given to His Son authority over all flesh. His Son is given Divine authority to give eternal life to all He is Sovereign over. This scripture fits seamlessly with other scriptures that declare “every knee shall bow” and “every tongue confess” that He is Lord. His Kingship brings glory to the Father Who then shares that glory with His Son. This is Impartial Grace.

Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me.

(John 17:20-21, emphasis added)

These verses are remarkably simple to understand, but traditions blur their simplicity. Jesus speaks these words. He is praying first for the Disciples and then for the world. He prays in submission to the Father. Christ Jesus asks the Father to cause unity with Him in those people who believe because of the testimonies given by the Disciples. He asks of the Father to let all who believe to find ourselves in Him. A common purpose in our hearts is to tell the world about Christ being the First Born Son of God and His impact on our lives.

The doctrine of universal reconciliation teaches Christ’s atonement is sufficient for all the world. Every other doctrine of its type insists Christ’s atoning work applies only to some. Those doctrines teach His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension is sufficient only for those who believe. These doctrines diminish Christ’s authority and weaken His Gospel. “Yahweh is good to all men.” Impartial Grace confirms the truth of His Word.