Wednesday, June 07, 2006

10. Universal Offer of Salvation

.... Pertaining to salvation, God’s desire has been made very clear: "God our Savior . . . desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:4), for "The Lord is . . . not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9). God’s desire and will for all men is that they repent and be saved.
Because God desires all men to be saved, He has made salvation freely available to anyone who will believe on Him and call on His name:

.... "For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call on Him. For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’."

(Rom 10:11-13)

.... Although this sounds very simple, there is another consideration -- a purely human one -- that will always complicate the matter in practical terms; and because of this complication, God’s offer, left to itself, will always come to nothing. The Lord’s free offer of salvation would be universally ignored or even met with disdain. This will bring us to the next section.


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