The Grandfather Clause
There is a verse in the Bible that tells us that God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but so that through Him the world may be saved (John 3:17)! However, much of the Church has interpreted the Bible so that Billions will be tormented forevermore in a burning Hell!
Have you ever heard a sermon on what I call the Grandfather Clause? The Clause includes mankind!
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
What we are about study is greatly misunderstood by the vast majority of Christians! Indeed, it may make you angry to even consider how vast the love of God really is!
First, let me tell you bluntly and without fear of biblical contradiction that unless you were physically born into a Jewish family you were not born under the Law, the Ten Commandments! Another fact is that it is God’s will that you come to a point of repentance!
As a side note, the Law under which Israel lived for decades is only a shadow of God’s actual truth!
Heb. 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
The truth concerns God’s loving patience toward mankind!
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The Greek word translated “willing” (Gr boulomai-βούλομαι) speaks of God’s will, purpose, design, and determination for mankind! God has not designed any human being for the purpose of perishing!
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
Notice that Christ went and preached to those spirits “in prison” who were “disobedient”! Many believe that He went to the “good” side of the Jewish Paradise and preached to those who already trusted God! But, that is NOT what the Bible says!
What was the result of Jesus’ preaching?
In His ascension to the Father, Christ led all held captive in “Paradise” with Him to the Father! You may believe that they were the “good” folks, in which case you must also believe that living on the Good side of Paradise is tantamount to living in a prison!
Jesus told us that if He were lifted up He would draw “all” men to Himself (John 12:32)! The leading of captivity captive was a show of the power that His “drawing” has!
Has Christ drawn you to Himself?
Many thousands have not yet been drawn to Him! But, Christ has promised that he shall draw all to Himself! His journey to preach to the spirits in prison was motivated by love…Love!
God is Love (1 John 4:8)!
John 3:16 tells us explicitly that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life!
Oh! Many read the “whosoever” part and immediately carted most of humanity off to torment in a burning hell! I am not going to argue about that because that verse (John 3:16) definitely has “whoever” in it!
But, doesn’t the Bible also say that “every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess”? Try Romans 14:11! And doesn’t the Bible tells us that whoever calls upon the name of the lord “shall be saved (Romans 10:13)?
The Bible tells us that if we confess the Lord Jesus with our mouths and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead we shall be saved (Romans 10:9).
Death is not a problem to God! But to men it seems to be an impregnable wall! Do you recall that Christ “led captivity captive”?
Who do you think He led saints or sinners? The fact is that none of them had confessed “Jesus is Lord!” But when He went to them, they were given an opportunity!
The Grandfather Clause begins with a simple statement of fact “there is no respect of persons with God!” If God gave all those people an opportunity that the Church will not give them, might He also Give all people that opportunity!
There are Billions of people today who have never heard the name “Jesus!” They have never heard the gospel! During their lifetimes they could not call upon the name of the Lord! Will they be given the same opportunity that those who were “disobedient” in ancient days were given? “[T]here is no respect of persons with God.”
It is God’s will that none should perish but all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9)! And, God works all things according to His own counsel (Eph1:11)! And, in the fullness of time the Father plans to gather all things in heaven and on earth together in Christ (Eph 1:10)! The Grandfather Clause must be accurate in revealing that all shall be given that opportunity!
But, what does that mean?
It means that those who have obeyed the tenets of the Law without having the words of the Law show that the Law is written in their hearts! When Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, they “are a law unto themselves!”
There is a verse that none within mainstream Christianity embrace! It tells us that all the Gentiles that God made shall come to worship Him (Ps 86:9)! The only question is: How many Gentiles did God make? May I suggest that God made ALL Gentiles?
Will all Gentiles worship God because He has committed them to “eternal torment?”
What will be the result of that opportunity?
Psalms 86:9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name.
The words translated “All nations” (Heb. Kal Goyim- כָּל-גּוֹיִם) indicates all Gentiles. In other words, all Gentiles that “the Lord made (Heb. Asa-עָשָׂה) “shall come and worship before” Him!
The Hebrew word translated “made” is the same word used in Genesis in reference to the creation when God “made” all creation, including man!
Adam Clarke’s Commentary refers to Psalm 86:9, “‘All nations’ - Thy word shall be proclaimed among all the Gentiles: they shall receive thy testimony, and worship thee as the only true and living God.”
That opportunity shall not pass without having the desired effect!