Pristine Grace

God is No Respecter of Persons
by Scott Price

"Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons." Acts 10:34

    The truth that God is not a respecter of persons is mentioned throughout the Bible. When God's people declare that God the Father has elected or chosen a multitude of people that were loved in Christ, their Mediator and Representative, and has rejected the rest who were not loved, many people respond with; "God is no respecter of persons." God's people readily agree and would not defame or pervert the character of God by making salvation conditioned on God's respect for man, or even for what God sees that man will do in the future.

    The Bible teaches, therefore we believe that God is no respecter of persons in election because sovereign electing grace is conditioned on Christ as the elect are chose "in Him" and for His sake. Before they were chosen in Him they were loved in Him, not conditioned on ANYTHING in them or on ANYTHING that God sees in the future that will do. We are "accepted in the beloved" (Christ) from start to finish. This is the thrust of the good news of the gospel.

    Those that would object to unconditional election and claim that God is no respecter of persons are the very one's who make God a respecter of persons in their defense of conditional election. They condition election of God looking down through the future to see who will have faith and respects the person because of their action and then elects them on that basis. This definitely makes God a respecter of persons. Since the only true God of the Bible is not a respecter of persons in this way, any other god that is would be a false god of someone's imagination.

    God is absolutely sovereign in salvation and is not a respecter of persons since salvation is unconditional on man. Those that believe other wise have not repented of man's humanistic idols of freewill, works religion. Christ will have the honor, glory, and preeminence or there will not be salvation at all.