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Four passages of the New Testament use the word willing in relation to God's willingness, or the lack thereof: Luke 22:42, Romans 9:22-24, Hebrews 6:17 and 2 Peter 3:9.  The first reference is in Luke.  The scene is the garden, the night of Christ's arrest.  Our Savior is praying, and he asks of the Father, If thou be willing, remove this cup... (the cup of his death as the sacrifice for our sin).  Praise God, he was not willing to do so.  Isaiah 53:10 declares, Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, and shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.  God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16)!  The last reference is made by Peter.  He reveals that God is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  Hebrews clarifies that this repentance is repentance from dead works, and faith toward God (Hebrews 6:1).  Reformation has never saved any soul!  The Lord Jesus Christ saves!  As the Apostle Paul testifies, ...repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21).  In Hebrews, God willingly confirmed the immutability of his counsel by an oath.  What God promised Adam and Eve, Moses and Israel, Jew and Gentile, in saving our souls - He has and will fulfill!  God promised Adam and Eve the Seed of the woman as a Saviour.  He promised Moses and Israel the Passover Lamb as protection from the Death Angel.  And God has promised us, Jew and Gentile alike, the forgiveness of sin and eternal life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  The last of the four passages to mention is Romans 9, where God reveals his charity toward man.  Three things are revealed here that God is willing to do while He endures the vessels of wrath fitted for destruction (which we also were before we found mercy through Jesus Christ, for we were dead in trespasses and in sins).   God is willing to show his wrath (Romans 9:22).  He is willing to cast the unrepentant into hell.  He is willing to gather the vine of the earth and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God (Revelation 14:19).  God is also willing o make his power known (Romans 9:22).  Men mock their Creator, they mock God's holy Word.  God is willing to reveal his power as he did to Pharaoh.  But he is enduring the wickedness of men because the Lord is willing to do something more: God is willing that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he hath afore prepared unto glory (Romans 9:23). Who are the vessels of mercy?  All those who seek the Lord by faith (Romans 9:30-33).  God declared to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion (Romans 9:15).  So, who does that include? Does it include you and me?  Yes!  For God hath concluded them all (both Jew and Gentile) in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all (Romans 11:32).  What must I believe?  That you are a sinner (Romans 3:9-11), that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).  If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).  Why die in your sins, when you can die in the Lord, who paid for our sins?


Earlier Event: April 30
Gospel Light Baptist Church
Later Event: May 6