Will or Thelo of God (last update to this study was made on 05/01/2003; extracts from original article 'God's Love Towards All" found in ARISE Journal - 07/1993)

Paul connects the idea of all men and salvation by stating "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; WHO WILL HAVE ALL MEN TO BE SAVED, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.........Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time". (I Tim 2:1-6 KJV). Crystal clear - the Lord WILLS that all mankind be saved and come into the realization of the truth. This is not simply a flimsy "wish" as some would imagine for God needs not to wish as a child would "wish upon a star" or "make a birthday wish".

The original shows the word "will" - thelo, to mean - as being inclined, determined, choosing, preferring, desire, to be about to, to delight in or to be willing. To even think that if man wills, God Himself cannot withstand him, is a childish notion and should be discarded from our very thoughts. Such have a very small God and their thinking is aligned with humanism. Wouldn't you say that if God Almighty is inclined or determined, it would come to pass? I pray so. Wouldn't you agree that if God Omnipotent chooses or prefers, it will come into existence? I pray so. Wouldn't you think that if the God of absolute and unrestricted power has a desire towards anything, it would be fulfilled? I pray so. Tell me, if the God of unlimited authority, subject to none other, is to be about, or delights in, or is to be willing to perform a task, wouldn't you pray He is capable of fulfilling it? I think so! So if God is inclined to save all of humanity, if God delights in saving all of humanity, if God desires to save all of humanity, if God be willing to save all of humanity, will all of humanity be delivered? Will humanity be delivered from the bondage of corruption? Wouldn't you think the Will of God is greater then the puny, little, stubborn will of man?

T.D.C