A “Bonus” Chapter Summary from Books At a Glance
By Benjamin J. Montoya
What is the meaning of the phrase, “God desires the salvation of all man?” When we are talking about the will of God, there are distinctions that we need to make based on the teaching of Scripture. For example, there is the decretive will of God. This is what God has willed from all eternity and that will certainly come to pass. Is that what we mean when we say that God desires the salvation of all men? If that is what we mean, then there are some implications.
For example, “to say that God desires the salvation of the reprobate and also that God wills the damnation of the reprobate and apply the former to the same thing as the latter, namely, the decretive will, would be contradiction; it would amount to averring of the same thing, viewed from the same aspect, God wills and God does not will.” It would be a contradiction. This road is not one that we should travel because it creates unbiblical problems.[To continue reading this summary, please see below....]
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COLLECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN MURRAY, VOLUME 4: STUDIES IN THEOLOGY, by John Murray