Impartial Grace: Galatians

The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the Good News beforehand to Abraham, saying, In you all the nations will be blessed.

(Galatians 3:8, emphasis added)

Paul’s purpose in this letter is to challenge the false doctrines being preached in Galatia. He had preached there and many Gentiles in that area believed the Gospel. After he departed false teachers inserted themselves and their doctrines into the culture newly formed in Christ. The false teachers may have been Jews who believed the Gospel, but held tightly to ritual and traditions of their former life. The false teachers may have been Paul’s Jewish peers acting to bring chaos to the new church Paul helped bring together. Both groups taught that a belief in Christ included a transition to Jewish culture and acceptance of Jewish tradition. Paul sets the record straight with this letter.

Paul points out that God’s promise to Abraham has not abated. His promise is active and true. God “blesses all the nations” because of Abraham. God did not exclude nations. There is nothing that can be done to gain this blessing. It is Impartial Grace. As simply as is possible to be stated, God blesses all the nations of the world; He blesses all the families of the world. There is no room for contradiction or distinction.

Universal reconciliation affirms these verses to be literally true. Other doctrines preach eternal conscious torment and deny the plain meaning of scripture that “all families” will be blessed. Other doctrines suppress God’s immutable love and make Him incapable of loving all. Universal reconciliation teaches that God’s love is relentless and overwhelming. It is Impartial Grace.