Impartial Grace: Ephesians 3

To me, the very least of all saints, was this grace given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now through the assembly the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the principalities and the powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord; in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him.

(Ephesians 3:8-12, emphasis added)

Paul tells what his calling is. He has been given “…this grace…to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ….” Paul identifies himself as the least of the disciples and in other scripture as the worst of all sinners. He has been redeemed. The worst of all sinners is reconciled to God. He is not elevating himself or setting himself above any other person. “I am the very least of all the saints….” His ministry mission is to preach to the Gentiles. He is to expose the mystery of God’s plan to Gentiles. Gentiles are all men and women created by God who do not or cannot claim Israel as their birthright. Gentiles are the whole world, the whole human world, minus Israel.

The mystery that Paul is preaching is that God intends to save the whole world through Christ Jesus. Every Gentile ever created and every Israelite ever created will be reconciled to God. That is His Divine Plan. The Light that is Christ Jesus is revealed. The Light that is Christ Jesus shines brightly in His church. It is by God’s Divine Plan that His power is known. It is for His good purpose that the church be given wisdom of “unsearchable riches.” Ask yourself to define “unsearchable riches” in your own life. Could there possibly be a limit to His grace considering His “unsearchable riches?”

This knowledge that all of His creation will be reconciled through Christ Jesus to Him is the mystery revealed. It is this knowledge of this mystery, the knowledge of Christ Jesus, that empowers each of us “to go and make disciples.” It is God Who gives boldness. It is God Who gives faith. It is God Who gives us confidence to speak the Truth.

Universal reconciliation embraces these scriptures as literally true. Other doctrines, such as the doctrine of eternal conscious torment, teach that most of mankind is doomed to suffer eternally. Rebels would strive to live in the darkness and ignore the Light, but they cannot escape Him. The Light cannot be ignored as it is God’s Plan that Light reveals all things. All things will be made new in Him. This is Impartial Grace.

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