THE GOSPEL GOES OUT BOTH TO SAVE AND TO DAMN!
The Scripture does declare that “Whosoever will may come.” (Rev 22:17) But this does not in the least imply that men CAN come of their own ‘FREE-WILL’!
In fact the ‘call of the gospel’ does not go to ALL, but to MANY! And out of these ‘MANY’ only a “FEW” come! And the scripture tells us WHY they come . . . i.e. because they are the ‘CHOSEN’, ‘the ELECT’, the ‘SHEEP’!
“For MANY are called, but FEW are CHOSEN!” [Matt 22:14]
If only ‘FEW’ are ‘CHOSEN’ then why does God bother to call the ‘MANY?’
Dearly beloved, please understand that the gospel goes forth as a two edged sword both to ‘save’ and to ‘damn’! It goes forth as a savor of ‘life unto life’ unto the elect and ‘death unto death’ unto the reprobate! [see – 2Cor 2:16]
GOD DOES NOT DESIRE AND NEITHER HAS HE INTENDED TO SAVE ANY WHOM HE HAS FROM ETERNITY ORDAINED TO REPROBATION! (Jude 1:4)
Yes, the gospel goes to ‘MANY’! But for the MAJORITY it is either foolishness or a stumbling block!
But unto them which are CALLED, both Jews and Greeks, (it is) Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God! [1Cor 1:24]
WHO are these who are so ‘CALLED’?
They are none other than those whom God FORKNEW and PREDESTINATED!
It is these and these alone whom He effectually calls, justifies and glorifies! [see Romans 8:29,30]
“Ye will not come unto Me that ye might have life”! [Jn 5:40] Fallen man cannot come because he WILL NOT COME!
Ye will not come that ye might have life, DOES NOT imply that IF THEY COME, there is ‘LIFE” for them! “LIFE” or the “ATONEMENT” was only provided for those whom God hath chosen, His elect, His people, His called out ones! “I lay down My life FOR THE SHEEP”! (not the GOATS) [John 10:15]
As Edwards so profoundly put it – “Christ did not intend to save those He knew He would not save. If He intended to save any it was those He knew would be saved. Christ has died for them (the elect) and NOT FOR THE WORLD. It was the elect that Christ came to save. Since God eternally decreed not to save others Christ would not be engaged in a FOOL’S errand.” [Jonathan Edwards]