21 May, 2016

Romans 10:1—“My heart’s desire and prayer to God . . . is that they might be saved”

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved” (Romans 10:1 KJV)


David J. Engelsma

[Source: Protestant Reformed Theological Journal, vol. 47, no. 2 (April 2014), p. 70]

The issue between the well-meant offer, on the one hand, and the doctrine of particular, efficacious grace in the call, on the other hand, is not whether we desire all to whom we preach or witness to come to Christ and be saved, but whether God desires this . . .Fact is, that even the natural desire of the preacher and church that all in the congregation or on the mission field be saved by the work of the preacher and church, in the way of repentance and faith, is consciously subjected to the sovereign will of God in predestination. Paul conducted his ministry “for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory” (II Timothy 2:10).



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