Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

unconditional love, relentless grace, perfect salvation

6/10/13

 

In a typical orthodox Christian church service this week I heard three intriguing terms applied to God: unconditional love, relentless grace, and perfect salvation. In each case the modifier attached to the noun caused me to formulate a series of mental question. Is unconditional love a subset of love in general, meaning that all love is not unconditional? What is the difference between unconditional love and love in general. How does unconditional love apply to God? If grace is relentless, can it ever cease? Doesn't it extend on forever? Is this relentless grace only extended to a few who enjoy that grace after having personally appropriated it to themselves? Is relentless grace nothing more than the basis for the eternal security of believers only? What about a salvation described as perfect? What makes salvation perfect? Does perfection mean simply that salvation accomplishes all the God ever intended in rescuing a select few? Is perfection a measure of God's limited intention to save in the first place?

 

In traditional Christianity words like unconditional, relentless, and perfect tend to take on a new meaning, one which limits their scope and therefore God's purpose in Christ. The problem with a limited scope for love, grace, and salvation is that it restricts our concept of God. Limited love, grace, and salvation mean that either God can't or won't extend these to everyone without exception. Neither explanation reflects well on "Him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will".