Impartial Grace: Philippians 2

If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassion, make my joy full, by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing nothing through rivalry or through conceit, but in humility, each counting others better than himself; each of you not just looking to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others. Have this in your mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(Philippians 2:1-11, emphasis added)

All persons regardless of their respective state of salvation; saved or unsaved, will know the Name of Jesus is “above every name.” Every knee will bow in submission to Him and in recognition of His Holy Place. All things will give glory to God. The unsaved (every knee) will bow to Him and bring glory to the Father. The unsaved will experience a remedial punishment for their sins and the blood that flowed from Jesus will cover them, too. The Father will reconcile all to Himself. He will be “all in all.”

I use notes from A. E. Knoch’s Concordant New Testament as background. Scripture teaches Christ Jesus came from a place with the Father. They were One in the Same. They had the “same love, being in full accord and of one mind….” Christ Jesus was “in the form of God….” He is the Son of the Father, He has the same plan as the Father, and He is His Father’s Servant. He “emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant.” He set aside His position and took on Himself the physical nature of His creation. It was a complete transformation. Little of His glory is seen in His physical nature. Before He came to serve He was in form God. He was above all in the heavens. He lowered Himself to take up the curse of death on the cross. He was once almighty and made Himself the least of all. He, of His own volition, descended from the highest. He came to the lowest. The sweep of His plan gathers all to Himself. “Every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

That time wherein all mankind confesses their love for Him has not yet come. There remains a rebellion. There are enemies still that cannot or will not acknowledge His love for them. There is a time coming “when all things are subjected to Him” and when He will “put all things in subjection to His Father, that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28). The Father has been exalting His Son since His resurrection. There are enemies still. There are those who oppose Him still. However, the Christ rules over many celestial powers and soon all creation will be subjected to Him. Christ Jesus has ascended to heaven and now sits at the right hand of His Father (1 Peter 3:22).The earth is His Kingdom. He is Sovereign and it is His Dominion. The whole universe is subject to Him, now.

His shed blood reconciles all things to God. “All things, whether on earth or in heaven…” will be reconciled to God. “All things, whether on earth or in heaven…” will be made subject to Him. He became the lowest and shall become the highest. The Name of Christ Jesus is the Name above all other names. There is none of greater honor. There is none other that blesses us with grace. When His Name is called out “every knee shall bow” and “every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…!” All of this to glorify our Father God. By the power of His Name will the knees of every generation bow and tongue of every person confess Christ is Lord. This is Impartial Grace.

Other doctrines require we believe that at the Name of Jesus a few knees will bow and a few tongues will confess Jesus Christ is Lord. The glory that is due the Father is lessened because only a few will find salvation in Him. The remainder, those who are condemned to annihilation or to eternal conscious torment, will be looked upon from heaven by the Christ that could have saved them, but did not.

The plain meaning of scripture is the best meaning. Every person will be reconciled to God. No person will be abandoned to a place that cannot be proven exists. Mr. Sprenger asks us to “Remember that ‘No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3).” Christians sing with joy in the knowledge of the mystery revealed in Christ Jesus. All means all. Every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord and will be in the Holy Spirit. This is Impartial Grace.