Impartial Grace: Ephesians 4

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all. But to each one of us was the grace given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore he says, “When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.” Now this, “He ascended”, what is it but that he also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.

(Ephesians 4:4-10, emphasis added)

Paul is closing this letter to the Ephesians. He proclaims himself “a prisoner of the Lord” and uses this position to appeal to the Church. He gives them instructions to “walk in a manner worthy” of the Christ-like life we are called to. Paul encourages us to treat one another “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Paul is not a prisoner of Romans only, but certainly a prisoner of Christ. He writes elsewhere that “to live is Christ, to die is gain.” What manner of life is worthy of Christ’s body broken and blood shed? It is love. It is love that is Christ’s love. It is love that is the Father’s love. Walking in a manner worthy of our calling requires we strive for peace and unity in Spirit. We can only do that in love. We must practice “bearing with one another in love.”

What is the unity of the Spirit? What binds us to peace? Christ’s overwhelming, all-consuming love binds us to Him and to the Father. We are in concert with God’s Divine Plan when we agree that God is love and that God Saves. We agree Jesus is “God Saves.” Emmanuel is “God with us.” Jesus and Him only can save any of us. Paul points out there is only One Spirit, “one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in us all.” One God over all. One God sovereign over all. One God Who is in all. One God Who is love. One God Who reconciles us all.

Christ Jesus has ascended to the Throne of God. He reigns from the right hand of the Father, now. He was with us for a time and He was buried for a time. He preached to the saints for three days. He was resurrected at the command of His Father. His life, His body broken, His blood shed is sufficient grace to save all. It is God’s will that all shall be reconciled to Himself. God’s Son sacrificed on the cross is redemption for the sin of the world. This is Impartial Grace.

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