Impartial Grace: Philippians 3

For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who think about earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself.

(Philippians 3:18-21, emphasis added)

If there is an eternal end for the rebellious, then “their end is destruction.” These scriptures make a better case for annihilation, also known as conditional immortality, than eternal conscious torment. Those who believe in Christ Jesus and who are brought into the family of God certainly have reason to rejoice. He “will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body….” That, indeed, is good news. But, greater than that He has the power “…even to subject all things to Himself.”

Other doctrines stretch the plain meaning of scripture to say He will not. Those doctrines do not allow that Christ will end the spiritual lives of the disobedient by eternal destruction, rather they go another step to say Christ supervises their eternal torment. The doctrine insists Jesus, Who is the Savior of the whole world, really is not.

Universal reconciliation advocates for God’s immutable love. We cannot say His power to save even the most heinous person ever created cannot make that man subject to Himself. Otherwise, His power is not all-powerful. He is love and He wills all of His creation be reconciled to Him. He is the Shepherd tending all His flock. He rules over a Kingdom of all. It is reasonable to conclude Christ can reconcile all to the Father and because He is love, He will. This is Impartial Grace.

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