God Isn’t Willing That Any Should Perish?

any should perishI am having trouble understanding the concept of God rejecting some while showing mercy to others. In Matthew 18:14, Jesus says that “God is not willing that any should perish”. Yet this seems to refute Paul’s teaching in Romans 9, where Paul says God’s sovereignly elects some “vessels” (i.e., people) to be saved but not others. Can you help reconcile these ideas?

The solution to your dilemma is found in considering Jesus’ words in their proper interpretation and context. Here’s the full passage of Jesus’ words: Continue reading

2 Peter 3: Does God Want Everyone To Be Saved?

Does God Want Everyone To Be SavedThe Bible teaches that God saves those whom He chooses but in 2 Peter 3:9 the Bible says that God does not want any to perish. Does God want everyone to be saved?

If we try to apply Peter’s statement in this passage to the question of salvation, we are taking Peter’s words out of context and thereby misinterpreting them.

The context of Peter’s statement in 2nd Peter 3:9 is a discussion about the Lord’s promise to return for the Church. Let’s look at the full context: Continue reading

Gospel of John-Chapter 3: How To Be Born Again-John 3:16

John 3:16But God has hidden the message of salvation in plain sight, one that is foolish to the natural ear Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1. The question: How to be born again? Let’s take a close look at the context of John 3:16

That’s your solution to Heaven. It’s designed to sound foolish. Nicodemus is stumbling in the very same way that men stumble today. He is overlooking what had been provided while seeking something greater. To the question, how can these things happen? How can you be born again? Jesus gives him the answer anyway. And what follows in chapter 3 at this point includes what is easily the best-known verse of the New Testament, John 3:16. As eloquent as it is at expressing the essence of the Gospel, I want to ask you to consider the whole of Jesus’ answer and avoid focusing on that one verse just because I think it is so familiar it tends to dull our thinking or our attention to some of what is being said around it. It certainly does not diminish its value. I am saying it is part of a larger narrative. This is to the question of how to be born again. Let’s look at the whole of His answer: Continue reading

Gospel of John-Chapter 3: Nicodemus-Manner of Salvation 3

NicodemusIn contrast to the Pharisaical teaching that said men could affect their own rebirth through certain works, Jesus says it only happens by God through His Spirit. Nicodemus is hearing Jesus’ words, and I believe he understands what Jesus is saying at some level, about salvation but yet he’s amazed by it.

He must have been asking himself whoever heard of such a thing? More than that, whoever seen such a thing? In verse 7 Jesus tells him not to marvel at this concept.

John 3:7-8 (NKJV)

Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Nicodemus is amazed at the prospect that the Spirit of God is out among men every day moving them, granting rebirth yet it’s undetected up to this point by Israel’s religious leaders. How can that be? In Pharisaical thinking, rebirth is a process of works, just like the sacraments of Catholic theology. Therefore it must be tangible, it has to be something men could see and understand. Continue reading