Oh Yeah. Hyper Grace.
This is always a fun subject to cover. So, to start it off I’m going to make it very confusing and then I’ll clear it up and you’ll see what I’m saying.
The Hyper Grace movement believes that everyone was included in Christ, which therefore means that everyone has been given the gift of salvation.
I don’t agree. I believe that through hyper grace everyone was included in Christ, which therefore means that everyone has been given the gift of salvation.
I know. That doesn’t make any sense. So, let me explain the difference of the beliefs.
The Universalism Problem
Essentially the part of the movement that I can’t agree with, which is Universalism, says that we don’t need to go out and witness anymore because everyone already is saved and therefore they won’t go to hell. God is too good and wouldn’t send anyone to hell. The only reason they go out and witness is because it helps people come to the knowledge of that salvation so that they can live life to the fullest in Christ.
Ok. Lets break it down and I’ll say why I agree and why I don’t.
First off, ‘everyone already is saved and therefore they won’t go to hell.’ There is one big problem with this and that is that salvation is a gift. Now, I would say it’s hyper grace because you don’t have to do anything for it and God gave it to everyone, but… and this is a BIG but, it’s up to us to actually receive the gift.
Basically, the movement says that, through Jesus, God took away free will. But, it’s just not true. Right now God is handing the gift of salvation to every un-believer, but because HE didn’t take away their free will, they can choose to ignore the gift or to actually take it. So, while everyone is being given the free gift of salvation, there are many that aren’t saved because they never actually took it from God’s hands by believing in Jesus.
The movement says that we can’t dictate salvation. That if we say that we have to do something (ex. believe) to get it, then it’s dictated by us. But, I say believing is not a work toward salvation; it’s simply the act of receiving the free gift of salvation that God is giving.
I do agree with the fact that we can’t dictate our own salvation. It is, however, our human free will to never receive the gift of that salvation.
God Doesn’t Send People To Hell
Now, let’s go on to the next statement I made. ‘God is too good and wouldn’t send anyone to hell.’ This statement is completely true. God doesn’t send anyone to hell. However, through free will, people choose to go to hell by not actually receiving the gift of salvation. John 3:18 says it very well; ‘Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.’
God doesn’t condemn anyone. They condemn themselves by not believing. Remember, believing is the act of actually taking the gift of salvation from God’s hands and accepting it.
Let me explain it this way. Lets say I own a house. Now, this house is in essence my kingdom. If you have no place to live and I hand you the keys of my kingdom so that you can live there and come and go as you please, it is your choice to take the keys from my hand and except my invitation or to ignore it and therefore never have access to my kingdom.
God is the same way. He is handing the keys of His kingdom (the Kingdom of Heaven) to everyone. It is their choice whether they want to take the keys and have full access to the kingdom at all times or whether they want to turn down the offer and try to live life by themselves.
The bonus with God’s way is that not only do you have access to the fullness of His kingdom when you accept the keys; you also have the right to become His child. (John 1:12) It’s a pretty swell deal.
Part Of God’s Royal Kingdom!
When you accept the keys, you become part of the Kingdom and the Kingdom becomes part of you. You no longer have to live by yourself trying to do good and impress God through the law. Instead you get to live as a full-fledged son or daughter of the living God!
This makes you royalty in a Kingdom where everyone is royalty. Now, as part of this Kingdom, you get to go out and represent it. God gives you the royal robe of acceptance and the signet ring of authority (Luke 15:22) that shows that you represent Him.
So, it is your privilege to go around in your life, showing people how awesome it is to be part of this Kingdom and persuading them through the spirit of power and love (2 Timothy 1:7) to accept the keys of the Kingdom for themselves.
I witness to show people what they can be part of and because it is Jesus living through me. And HE loved everyone, which means it’s natural for me to love everyone. All they have to do is accept the keys that God is giving by believing in Jesus. As I show people the goodness of God (which is part of who I am in His Kingdom), it leads them to repentance (Romans 2:4) and to a new life of living as part of the Kingdom where they become royalty as God’s children and get to live by a standard of love. And, now they don’t have to try to live by themselves.
Universalism thinks people are already part of that Kingdom, so the only reason to share God’s goodness to them is so that they can get a greater realization of what they’re already apart of.
I don’t agree. People still have free will.
If you exercise your free will and choose not to receive the forgiveness of sins that God is giving you, and then you’re condemning yourself by participating in the unforgivable sin. You cannot be forgiven if you don’t receive His forgiveness. (Duh.) God already forgave you; you just have to take hold of it and receive it through faith.
Hyper Grace Vs. Universalism
So, do I believe that grace is hyper? YES! It is insanely hyper! It’s a grace so good that all sins have been forgiven; past, present and future. And we get full access to HIS Kingdom without “doing” anything.
Do I believe in Universalism? NO. I choose to believe the Bible and in free will instead. The Bible makes it very clear that the act of receiving salvation and His forgiveness is through believing in Jesus. (Mark 16:16, John 3:16, John 3:36, Romans 1:16, plus many more.)
If you do something nasty to hurt me and I forgive you, you have a choice. You can accept that forgiveness and be free from the burden of the pain you caused me or you can reject that forgiveness and keep living in that burden and therefore condemn yourself. If you reject it, then it’s as if I never forgave you. If I really forgave you, however, I’ll always be holding the realization of that forgiveness to you to receive and be set free from the burden.
It’s the same way with God. If you don’t receive what He’s offering, you condemn yourself and end up throwing yourself into hell. The last thing that God wants to happen is for you to go to hell, but since you’re not a robot you have free will to choose hell by not receiving His forgiveness. It really is that simple.
Lets go and show people how awesome it is to be part of God’s Kingdom by letting Jesus out through us, His body. This way it becomes nearly impossible for them to not choose the Kingdom.
And remember, God isn’t the one condemning people to hell. They’re doing it themselves. This also means, since you represent God and His Kingdom, condemning people isn’t part of who you are.