Patristic Universalism

by David Burnfield

 

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Thinking Beyond the Box that Limits Grace

 The Patristic Era is an important part of Christian history.

The early Patristic Christians, whose native tongue was Greek, understood 'eternal' denoted a limited period of time. In contrast to English definitions reflecting unending punishment.  


"Punishment is, in its operation, like medicine; it dissolves the hard heart, purges away the filth of uncleanness, and reduces the swellings of pride and haughtiness; thus restoring its subject to a sound and healthful state. "

 - Clement of Alexandria


When many come across the term "Patristic Universalism", they often have a knee jerk reaction that Universalism forsakes scripture, hell and judgment. However, this is far from reality or early church history. Patristic Universalism supports the authority of scripture and the character of God, who is unwilling that any perish. This is our mission, to promote the Authority of Scripture and to honor the nature of God's Love and Grace. 


"Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy."

-Micah 7:18


Patristic Christians are 'traditional' followers of Christ who believe Christ is 100% Victorious over wickedness and death. We are part of a new reformation that is proclaiming the victory of Christ. Furthermore, we trust in the absolute assurance that God has the wisdom to restore all people. For the Scriptures say, 


"As surely as I live,' says the LORD, every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.'" Romans 14:11

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{1 Corinthians 15:27-28, Acts 3:21, Isaiah 45:22-23}


"In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross."

- Colossians 2:15

 

 

 I will recount the loving-kindnesses of the Lord and the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has bestowed on us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel, which He has granted them according to His mercy and according to the multitude of His loving-kindnesses."

~ Isaiah 63:7 (AMP)