God wills all to be saved. “But,” we will be asked, “what of those who choose to trample God’s saving love under foot?” Let us take God s own answer to this question:
God locks up all in stubbornness in order that He may be merciful to all. Romans 11:32
If even the crucifixion was according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God (Acts 2:23), why should we hesitate to bow our heads to this truth? God locks up all in stubbornness. Why? To send them to an “eternal hell”? No! That He may be merciful to all! (Romans 11:32). Well may we lift our hearts in unison with the apostle and exclaim,
0 the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out. (Romans 11:33).
Well may we bow in adoration and worship as we repeat the grandest and most comprehensive and enlightening doxology of all:
For out of Him, and through Him and for Him are all things: to Him be glory for the eons! Amen! (Romans 11:36).
From A Reply to R.A. Torrey’s “The Exact Truth Reagrding an Eternal Hell” by A. E. Knoch