Welcome to Pantelism

By David Embury

Definition: Pan = all or altogether whole + Telos = complete, fulfilled, fully accomplished, realised, perfected or consummated: “He is able also to save to the uttermost [panteles παντελες] …to the very end…” [Heb 7:25].

Pantelism understands that the Scriptures, both prophetically and redemptively have been fulfilled in their entirety in the person and work of Jesus Christ – the one to whom the whole of prophetic and redemptive history points. This fulfilment completed all Biblical eschatology, being demonstrated in Christ and His elect firstfruits saint’s end-of-the-age ministry, finding consummation in His prophesied Second Coming [Parousia] and Judgment upon the Old Covenant Mosaic world of the Law and Temple worship, circa AD70.

Christ’s coming in power was never about “the-end-of-the-world” as we know it, viz., the end of the material time-space universe. Nor was it ever about the end of the “Christian-age” followed by the endless utopian bliss of Heaven. No, ‘Christ's coming’ also known as ‘the Parousia’ was all about the ending of the Mosaic world of the “Law righteousness” followed by the ageless world of the “Gospel of Grace” – our present time [Rev 14:6].

On this site are various articles related to this message of fulfilled prophecy and fulfilled grace also known as covenant or realised eschatology and realised redemption – these two together being the essence of Pantelism. This “fulfilled message” has benefits for today in shaping a positive future for tomorrow’s world; “world without end” [Eph 3:21].

More deeply said… Pantelism espouses a theological proposition that Israel’s eschatological redemption was fulfilled through the prophesied AD30–70 Cross–Parousia event. Pantelism understands the fullness of Israel’s redemption was the preordained catalyst for the world’s reconciliation; thus Pantelism holds to a prêteristic hermeneutic and views all eschatological prophecy as now complete. At the same time, Pantelism is also inclusionist in scope relative to the breath of God’s resultant reconciliation of humankind.

Although inclusive in approach with regards to God’s grace embracing all humanity Pantelism also holds to the exclusive nature of much of Scripture with regards to the God’s call and of election. In fact, in contradistinction to both Universalism and Partialism, Pantelism differs greatly from their basic assumption that being saved is all about one’s “eternal destiny”. BOTH Universalism [everybody goes to heaven] and Partialism [most go to hell] maintain the SAME premise – who goes to heaven after death?

Pantelism views this base assumption as totally wrong-headed and NOT supported by Scripture, and thus comes to a different conclusion as to what “being saved, salvation, eternal life and being born-again” is all about. Pantelism most definitely believes that all humanity has been reconciled to God – but reconciliation and its outworking, quite apart from what may transpire postmortem, is completely pertinent to this life.

In other words – election is to be understood NOT in terms of getting to heaven after death, and that to the exclusion of all else, no. The “elect” of the Bible are chosen to minister ON BEHALF OF all else. This redemption and reconciliation was the work of Christ THE elect firstfruit of God. The New Testament is a record of the ministry of the early church “believers” to their contemporaries of the “this generation” era. They were the elect firstfruit saints called in Christ to minister in His priestly call. Thus “salvation” was and is all about the call to priestly service and thus it is right to say that believers are saved to serve.

So… while it is correct to say that all men have been reconciled to God inclusively BECAUSE OF Christ’s faithfulness, it is equally correct to say that only certain ones are called exclusively into God’s priestly service. Understanding election or non-election in these terms completely negates and makes moot the whole Universalist / Partialist contention, concluding that Christ is indeed ‘Lord of all’ – of the all He calls some to serve the rest.