Mention unconditional and God in the same sentence and many in the religious world attempt to tie the two together through the word salvation. Yet, study the word of God and this principle cannot be shown.
So what is unconditional when it comes to God and mankind? It’s the love of God toward sinners.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (there’s the unconditional love), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (there’s the conditional salvation).” (John 3:16)
Conditional salvation does not mean a person earns his or her salvation, but it does mean there are responsibilities that the love of God requires.
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8, NKJV) Again there’s the unconditional love of God! But some may say, “There’s no conditional salvation there, so salvation must be unconditional!” If a person backs up just a few verses they will read, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we havepeace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2, NKJV) See how simple it is to see something when we look at all of God’s scripture instead of making individual verses stand alone.
The unconditional love of God gives humanity something to celebrate – a Creator that has expressed the fullest form of love toward fallen men and women (John 15:12-14). The conditional salvation by faith toward God gives humanity something to seriously consider – a salvation that requires faith and a willingness to change in light of the love that God has shown through Jesus (Acts 17:30-31).
Unconditional salvation is a pipe dream, but unconditional love that leads towards salvation is a dream come true; and may God help us to help more people understand the difference between the two.