He Will Have All Men to Be Saved

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (I Timothy 2:4).

It is not said, He “would have all men to be saved, by His good-will”; but He “will have all men to be saved.” It is a will of authority and supreme sovereignty.

It is an immanent, permanent, fixed, determinate act of His will, not transient or revocable: He “will have all men to be saved.”

The will of God and His work are one. God wills nothing but He works it, “Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Ephesians 1:11); for He wills nothing but with counsel, though He go for no counsel out of Himself, but His own will is His counsel. The meaning is that every thing that God wills stands upon the grounds of the most absolute wisdom and prudence; that if a council were called of all creatures, nay of all the attributes of God, better advice could not be given or taken. No wonder, then, if what is so deliberate and resolved be accordingly pursued to effect and put into execution, being the result of such a counsel, hath all counsel in it, that is so perfect that nothing can be added to it. Therefore His Word is His work, He spoke and it was done, He is the Rock, and His work is perfect; for all His ways are judgment, a God of truth, and without iniquity, just and right is He.

Jeremiah White (1629-1707)
(Chaplin to Oliver Cromwell)
Restoration of All Things, pp. 18, 20

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