December 21, 2009

Carl F. H. Henry on God's Sincere and Strong Wish for Human Salvation

Verses that imply God's sincere and strong wish for human salvation are not necessarily inconsistent with the divine election of only some to eternal life.
Carl F. H. Henry, God, Revelation and Authority (Waco, TX: Word Books, 1983), 6:106.

After citing Matt. 18:14; John 3:16, 17; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; 1 Tim. 2:4, 6; Heb. 2:9; 1 John 2:2 and 1 John 4:14, Henry says, "To explain the terms 'world' and 'all' in these verses as meaning 'all the elect' seems contrived," even though Henry argues that 2 Peter 3:9 has the elect in view. Ibid.

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