What does the Bible say about partiality?
By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
The impartiality of God means that God is fair and the same to everyone. He is absolutely free from any bias, prejudice, and in no way does He give preference or favor to anyone above another.
The scripture states, “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him” (Acts 10:34-35).
Other scriptures continue, “For there is no partiality with God” (Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9; 1 Peter 1:17; Deuteronomy 10:17).
Christ is our example in this and everything (Matthew 22:16; 1 Peter 2:21).
Since there is no partiality with God and Christ is our example, it is not surprising that the Bible teaches that we are to show no partiality. For example, God told judges not to show partiality in their judgments (Deuteronomy 1:16-17; 16:18-19). James 2:1-9 tells us that we are not to be partial and that it is sinful to do so.
Here the Bible describes ways in which we are not to show partiality.
God is impartial:
1) Because He has given one book of guidance, the New Testament for all (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
2) Because he wants all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9). But He will not force anyone to be saved, but saves those who obey Him (Hebrews 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
3) Because He requires the same conditions for salvation for everyone. To become a Christian God requires faith (John 8:24; Hebrews 11:6); repentance (Luke 13:3-5); Acts 2:38; Confession (Matthew 10:32-33; Romans 10:9-10); and baptism (Mark 16:15-16; 1 Peter 3:21).
4) Because He has only one church (body) to which He adds all people who are saved (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 2:16; 4:3-6).
5) Because He has one pattern of worship for all to follow (John 4:23-24). On the first day of the week Christians are to assemble to sing, pray, study, give, and partake of the Lord’s Supper (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Acts 2:42; Ephesians 5:19).
Some think that because of their sinful ways they cannot be saved, but since God is impartial He will save all who obey Him.