Not Willing That Any Should Perish

by Roby Ellis

[Scripture Reading: Matthew 18:12-14]


A. In 1741, Jonathan Edwards delivered a sermon in which he portrayed God as an angry sovereign eager to condemn the worthless mass of humanity to the flames of hell.

B. The truth is that God isn’t out to get us; He wants to save us!


I. Jesus came to save the lost.

A. This was the primary mission of Jesus’ life (Matthew 18:11; John 10:10-18; 12:47; Luke 9:56).

B. Jesus saved many men physically (Matthew 8:25; 14:30).

C. He saved some even when others tried to hinder Him (Mark 3:4; 5:35-43).

D. Jesus wanted above all to save men’s souls (Matthew 1:21).

II. Jesus wants to save everyone.

A. Jesus wants to save even those whom others despise or have given up on (Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:1-7; 5:31-32; 19:9-10).

B. Jesus says that there is great rejoicing when one lost soul is recovered (Luke 15:7,9-10).

C. In spite of Christ’s will, there are many who will be lost (Matthew 25:41; 7:22-23).

D. Men are lost only because they refuse to come to Christ (Matthew 13:13-15; 7:21; John 3:14-21).


A. Are you willing to come to Jesus and accept the remedy that He offers for the sin in your life?

B. If Jesus wants to save you so much that He would lay down His own life for you, there is no reason for you to choose to be lost.

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