The pleasure of God is in favor of the salvation of all men; and, therefore, neither death, sin, nor pain, can be the ultimate object of God in reference to man. “As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked.” (Ezekiel 33:11).
Death, and sin, and pain, may exist for a time; but if God has no pleasure in them of themselves, they are not the end at which he aims, but the means by which he accomplishes that end.
The end in which God rests as his pleasure, design, or purpose, must be essentially benevolent, because he is essentially a benevolent God. Neither death, nor sin, nor pain, can be his ultimate plan or pleasure; they are the means by which his holy and righteous designs are carried into effect.
God created all men expressly for his pleasure and, therefore, not for ultimate death. “Thou hast created all things,” says Scripture, “for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4:11). Adam Clarke has a fine remark on this passage. He says, “He made all things for his pleasure; and through the same motive he preserves. Hence, it is most evident, that he hateth nothing that he has made; and could have made no intelligent creature with the design to make it eternally miserable. It is strange, that a contrary supposition has ever entered into the heart of man; and it is high time that the benevolent nature of the Supreme God, should be fully vindicated from aspersions of this kind.”
So God’s pleasure is for the ultimate happiness of mankind. The Son of God is tasked with seeing to it that this pleasure is accomplished. The pleasure of God shall prosper in the hand of Christ for, as the Scripture says, “The pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:10). Clarke comments on this passage saying that pleasure of God is, “to have all men saved, and brought to the knowledge of the truth.”
God’s pleasure shall surely be accomplished. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void; but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11). “I will do all my pleasure…” (Isaiah 46:10). Does not this passage show that God’s pleasure shall certainly be accomplished? His word shall not return unto him void: it shall accomplish what he pleases, and prosper in the object which he sent it to accomplish. God has no pleasure in the death or suffering of the sinner. That was not the object of creation. God created men for his pleasure, and his pleasure shall certainly be accomplished.
The Pleasure of God tells us that God is the Savior of All Mankind! Jesus Christ is a Successful Savior.