Impartial Grace: 1 Corinthians 13

Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with.

(1 Corinthians 13:4-8, emphasis added)

Mr. Sprenger reiterates, “Love never fails. God is love. His love cannot fail.” He rightfully states that losing “even one would mean that love failed to find and save that one.” Consider that thought. Universal reconciliation agrees completely with His Word. Advocates of doctrines opposed to Impartial Grace insist millions, if not billions, of people are consigned to hell by our heavenly Father. Those doctrines are not congruent. “His plan, His purpose, His desire, and His nature has always been and always will be love for His creation!”

Examine Mr. Sprenger’s proposition and assess its truth. If even one of God’s creation is condemned to eternal conscious torment it means God was unable to persuade that one man. God, Who is love, failed to save just that one man. Compound that failure and apply billions and billions of mankind to this assessment. Many, perhaps most, of these souls were never introduced to the Gospel. It does not matter that they never heard the Gospel. It does not matter they never had a chance to confess their belief much less know to Whom they were confessing. It only matters they were not chosen or did not choose to believe.

The Concordant Literal Version translates this phrase as “Love is never lapsing.” The King James Version tells us “charity never faileth.” The English Standard Version translates God’s Word, “Love never ends.” There is not a moment love does not exist. Love is over all else and like God never ends. God is love. Moreover, love accomplishes what it sets out to. It never fails.

God is love and love never fails. That is the Gospel preached. All will be reconciled to Him. It is a promise. He declares that it is “His will that all men be saved.” Love prevails over sin. Mercy and grace are abundant, death is eventually put to death. God is going to be “All in all.”

Paul, by the hand of God’s Spirit, provides us the definition of love. This definition of love is God’s attribute and we strive to live in it. God does not put upon His creation expectations that He does not fulfill. These verses describe and define the nature of God’s love for His creation. God knew when He created each of us that we would fail His expectation. He knew before He blew His breath into the first created man. He knew Adam’s Fall and the consequences of the Fall before He gave Adam life. “…Love endures all.” “God is love.” “He will be all in all.”

It is the character of God to love all. It is He Who committed all to sin. His character is diminished terribly by the doctrines opposing His absolute, relentless love. The character of God is to reconcile all to Himself. God is the Father and Creator of all. God will make all things new. He loves all and He will be our “all in all.” It is “The Blessed Hope.” It is clear. Christ Jesus says, “..I will draw all men to Myself.” He does not qualify “all.” Neither should we! This is Impartial Grace.

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