The Will of God: By Thomas Whittemore; Edited and Narrated by Daniel Sheridan – Audio Version Below
It is the will of God that all men shall be saved. “Who will have all men to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4). It is self-evident that the “all men” in this passage means the entire human race. Salvation comes through belief in the truth, and God wills that all men should come to the knowledge of the truth. All will be saved and intelligent.
Jesus taught us to pray, “THY WILL BE DONE” (Matt. 6:10). That means that God is putting into our hearts the desire, among other things, to pray for the salvation of all people. Bible commentator Adam Clarke says, “Because he wills the salvation of all men, therefore he wills that all men should be prayed for;” as in 1 Tim 2:1. “I exhort, therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men.”
Would God tell His saints to pray for the salvation of all mankind if He knew they would not all be saved? Think about that for a moment. Is God asking us to pray for something He doesn’t want to, or is incapable of doing? Of course not! If that were the case, God would be asking us to pray for people to be saved from God Himself! Imagine praying, “Dear God, please save the world from Thyself.”
Jesus came to do the will of God. “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work”. (John 4:34) “Lo, I come to do thy will O God”. (Heb. 10:9) The will of God, among other things, is that ALL MEN shall be saved. This is God’s will, period. Jesus came to do God’s will. Jesus is the Savior of All Men – and He’s successful at His job. Jesus is a successful savior.
Jesus came to save all men, not only those who lived on the earth while he was here, but all who lived before, all who have lived since, and all who shall live. Jesus gave himself a ransom for all, and unto him every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess, willingly, joyously, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. This is how Jesus accomplishes God’s will to save all!
God wills the salvation of all men because it is right. A God of purity can’t desire endless sin and rebellion. A just God can’t allow sin and suffering to forever exist in His universe. Yet there are those who think that sin is too strong for God; they think that sin will always exist in some corner of creation in a place called “hell.” But God can and will eliminate sin once and for all, not in mankind’s destruction or torture, but in their salvation!
God wills the salvation of all men, He sent His Son to accomplish His will, and therefore, because Jesus successfully lives up to His name – Savior – the Salvation of All must take place.
God will save all. To use the language of Job regarding this matter, “But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth” (Job 23:13).