Impartial Grace: Romans 11

For if the rejection of them is the reconciling of the world, what would their acceptance be, but life from the dead?

(Romans 11:15, emphasis added)

It is the Jewish nation that rejected Christ Jesus. He came as their Messiah and they did not see it. Paul tells us that in this rejection there is “…the reconciling of the world….” Reconciliation to Whom? The world is reconciled to God. Scripture says it is so! Read Colossians chapter one. The promise of God’s Holy Word: “…all things are reconciled to Him.” The leadership of the Israelites rejected their Messiah. They taught those they led to oppose the Son of God. They plotted against Him. They contrived to accuse Him. All that they did in their conspiracy to silence the Word of God was known by God and manifested by God. Because His chosen people rejected their Messiah, God has reconciled to the world to Himself.

Let us never forget “…every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord….” It is glorious beyond anything we could ever dream for ourselves. “…Their acceptance…will mean…life from the dead….” These verses preach redemption and give glory to God Who planned it before the beginning of what we construe as time. In the same way God planned that Jesus would be betrayed and rejected by His chosen people, He also has planned that all will be made new; that He planned “…life from the dead.” This is Impartial Grace.

For I don’t desire you to be ignorant, brothers, of this mystery, so that you won’t be wise in your own conceits, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in,….

(Romans 11:25, emphasis added)

The hearts of God’s chosen nation were inclined to themselves. Their “god” was within themselves. The people of Israel had rejected their Savior. That “hardening” of their hearts is a long term spiritual problem. Their “hardening” hearts will find relief when “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”

Israel rejects the Son of God and God is leaving Israel to its own. Israel will truly see peace only when the King is revealed from Heaven. When all have been reconciled to Him the hardness of all hearts will be relieved. All will be Israel. All will have been grafted in. The hearts of His children are never fully hardened against Him. There is only “…partial hardening….” The glory of God will be fully known. We know what to look for. It is not a mystery to us. All of God’s creation will be made new. Gentile and Jew; one in Christ our King. This is Impartial Grace.

For God has shut up all to disobedience, that he might have mercy on all. Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out! “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? “Or who has first given to him, and it will be repaid to him again?

(Romans 11:32-36, emphasis added)

Israelite, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, Christian and all other religious acolytes are “…consigned to disobedience….” No person has been exempted from God’s judgment. Why? Precisely as scripture declares; “…that He might have mercy on all.” God purposely leaves us to sin. He ordains it. He takes an active role in consigning each of His creation to disobedience; that is, to sin. He does not passively let us meander into sin. He delivered us to sin. Why? “That He might have mercy on all.” Every person, beginning with Adam, has been “shut up to disobedience.” Is there any person ever created in the wombs of their mothers who has not been disobedient? Not one!

We can argue if God is active or passive in our being consigned to disobedience. We have to agree, though that all persons ever created have been consigned to sin. What is it to be consigned? It is to be formally handed over. It is to be committed by another. In this case God formally gave every created being over to disobedience; that is, to sin. Every person has been committed to sin by God. Why? “…That He might have mercy on all.”

One man might declare that God chose him for salvation. Another man might declare that he had the foresight to choose God and salvation. These are common theological doctrines in Christian denominations and congregations today. These theological ideas are opposed to scripture and to one another. “All” men are judged to be guilty. Chosen or choosing does not matter a wit. God already judged the chosen one and the choosing one. “For He has shut up all men to disobedience….” God’s mercy on all will be known by all.

Let us focus on this, “God is love.” We “love because He loved us first.” We preach God’s mercy is beyond measure. That is the Gospel that saves. That is the Gospel preached. This is “The Blessed Hope.”

Theologians debate the meanings of texts and find proofs for their theologies and traditions. Impartial Grace does not dispute the plain meaning of scripture. The doctrine opposes the conclusion some are destined for eternal conscious torment and that God is glorified by that. The plain meaning of scripture supports Impartial Grace.

God creates all things. There is nothing that is created that was not created by Him. He is in all things. All to His glory. This is Impartial Grace.

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever!Amen.

(Romans 11:36, emphasis added)

“All things” means precisely that. There are no divisions. There is nothing that can be excluded in “all things.” “All things” is absolute. It is “all things.” All things are from Him. There is not a creature that does not have its origin in Him. All things are created through His command and by His power. Greatest of all that can be said is that all things are His. All things are committed to Him by His power. He is sovereign over all things and He is love. There is not a created being able to supplant His authority.

The doctrine of Impartial Grace preaches the absolute glory of God. Other doctrines of this nature preach God is glorified by billions and billions of His creation in hell. Those doctrines create a place of eternal conscious torment in their traditions. Those doctrines insist Hell exists and that God maintains it specifically to contain and to punish the rebellious.

God is love. He is indeed the Creator of “all things.” All things come from Him. All things exist only because of His will. All things are His. The most vile man will be reconciled to God. That is the message that is the Gospel. God is love.

For God locks up all together in stubbornness, that He should be merciful to all.

(Romans 11:32, Concordant Literal Version, emphasis added)

There is not a distinction to be made. His Word should not be questioned. We should be serious when contemplating it. “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.”

Every person is disobedient and God is sovereign over every thing. Impartial Grace teaches, as Scripture tells us, every person will experience His mercy. The doctrine elevates God’s mercy. This is Impartial Grace.