“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days,” says the Lord; “I will put my laws into their mind, I will also write them on their heart. I will be their God, and they will be my people. They will not teach every man his fellow citizen, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all will know me, from their least to their greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more.” In that he says, “A new covenant”, he has made the first old. But that which is becoming old and grows aged is near to vanishing away.(Hebrews 8:10-13emphasis added)
The author of Hebrews explains that Christ Jesus is not another High Priest, but that He is THE High Priest. Our High Priest is seated at the right hand of the Father. Our High Priest is majestic and is the “…grace of God manifested…” for us all. Christ Jesus is not a worldly High Priest. He is the heavenly High Priest. His Ministry is elite and nothing compares to His gift. Others have been appointed priests and prophets to serve for a time. Those men and women served the Lord’s purpose to expose the Truth to all. Our High Priest tells us that He did not come to replace the Old Covenant. He came to fulfill it. Christ Jesus says, “I have not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17-18).
Israel was given this first covenant and they were unable or unwilling to accept it. They could not or would not meet the Lord’s terms. They were insolent. They were dishonoring. They were human and they failed. The covenant is not faultless. The people are not faultless, for if both were without blame there would not be reason for another covenant. It is incontrovertible.
“…They shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.” Not one person is excluded. All are subject to the statement, “they shall all know me…?” They will know God is merciful and forgives all sins! God does not add any qualifiers. The least to the greatest will know Him. All will know Him. God says He will be merciful toward their sins and that He would remember their sins no more.
These verses are a kind of bedrock for universal reconciliation. Other doctrines require God remember all sins for eternity as He punishes those not chosen by Him or those who had the good fortune of choosing Him. These doctrines contradicts scripture. God’s Word means that all sins are forgiven because all men will come to know Him and be reconciled to Him. He says clearly “they shall all know me.” What a blessing it is to know that His mercy will cause Him to “remember their sins no more.” This is Impartial Grace.