Does God Wants All Men to be Saved?
Does God favor one group of people over another? Does God’s love end for some people? Has God predetermined who will be saved and who will not be saved? These are some of the questions that influence our relationship with God and with other people. Certainly, God is beyond our understanding and is not obligated to us in any way (Romans 11:33-36). But God has revealed himself to us so that we can know Him. God’s Word is light, and we live in understanding as we enter that light and obey that light.
God does want all men to be saved. Let there be no doubt about any race, religion, gender, or age. God loves the world, and that is inclusive of all men who have been created in His image and likeness. Christ died for all sins, so there is no sinner who has crossed the line and cannot be forgiven. God’s mercy is desperately needed by every person. We have no moral high ground over one another. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. All will die in their sin unless they are saved.
Our responsibility is to follow Christ. “As the Father has sent me I am sending you” (John 17:18). We are called to obey and leave the results of our obedience with God. That makes us vulnerable. That’s risky. But we must do what we believe God has called us to do, and clearly He has called us to make Christ known wherever we go.