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