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John Piper – God Desires Salvation of All Men

JohnPiper 150x150 John Piper   God Desires Salvation of All MenWell, it doesn’t sound like news unless you are a hyper Calvinist. My new 3 favorite quotes from John Piper.

“I affirm with John 3:16 and 1 Timothy 2:4 that God loves the world with a deep compassion that desires the salvation of all men.”
“I rejoice to affirm that God does not delight in the perishing of the impenitent, and that he has compassion on all people.”
“God has a real and deep compassion for perishing sinners.”
– John Piper January 1, 1995

For anyone who says otherwise, you can quote Piper by saying, God loves & desires salvation for all. All is not a subset to mean some kinds of men. All means every man, woman and child ever born. This comes from an interesting Piper article in which he discusses as he sees it, the two wills of God as relates to 1 Timothy 2:4. Piper goes through the dilemma (my word) a Calvinist who holds both to be true; His desire to save all while not willing all saved.

Piper as always makes some very good points. This is very much a bring together two sides kind of article. I think Piper makes a very good point about God while not willing sin, uses His will to allow sin. So, whether you believe pharaoh first hardened his own heart or if God did it is irrelevant. God did harden his heart which kept him on a course of sin. Piper does a much better job of explaining it then I.Personally I see it as God’s desire vs. His will which is what he requires. Maybe I haven’t thought about it deeply enough yet though.

In all fairness to Mr. John Piper, this part of the article is beautiful.

“God’s emotional life is infinitely complex beyond our ability to fully comprehend. For example, who can comprehend that the Lord hears in one moment of time the prayers of ten million Christians around the world, and sympathizes with each one personally and individually like a caring Father (as Hebrews 4:15 says he will), even though among those ten million prayers some are broken-hearted and some are bursting with joy? How can God weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice when they are both coming to him at the same timeā€”in fact are always coming to him with no break at all?”

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