Jesus invites you to come to him. His servants beseech you, in his name, to be reconciled to God. The Spirit saith, ‘Come; and the bride saith, Come; and whosoever will, let him come and take of the water of life freely’. An eternal heaven is before you, in one direction, and an eternal hell in the other. Your answer is required. Be one thing or another. Choose you, this day, whom you will serve.

It is clear that God delights in the salvation of sinners. It is proper to say that God takes pleasure in their salvation. But to say that does not go far enough; it falls short of the scriptural teaching on the free offer. The point is: Does God actually desire the salvation of sinners? Does He want sinners to be saved?

God desires the salvation of all men. This means that God is good, that He is merciful and gracious, and ready to forgive, that He is good to all and that His tender mercies are over all His works.

– Charles Hodge

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