Wanted: The World
The Well-Meant Offer of the Gospel from a Missionary’s Perspective
Puritan evangelist Richard Alleine once wrote the following of the sincere love of God and His desire for the salvation of all who hear the invitation of the gospel:
“I tell you again, I wish you well; and not only I, but the Lord God that hath sent me to you. The Lord Jesus wishes you well; he wishes and woos, woos and weeps, weeps and dies, that your souls might live, and be blessed for ever: He hath once more sent me to you, even to the worst amongst you, to tell you from him, that he’s unwilling you should perish. He hath a kindness for you in his heart, if you will accept it.”
In this short volume, missionary Trevor Johnson defends this same view. God desires the salvation, in some fashion, of all men, and that this gospel is a true and sincere appeal and invitation.
God’s Desire for the Salvation of All Men
Johnson writes as one who fully affirms the absolute sovereignty of God, the Five Points of Calvinism. He even affirms the judicial hatred of God for unrepentant sinners. Yet Trevor is troubled by a growing trend among some Calvinists to deny the sincere and well-meant offer of the gospel.
Johnson affirms that if someone asks you this query from a tortured soul, “Do you believe that God really wants to save even me?”, you can answer most assuredly, “Yes! God would have you to be saved and would rejoice over your salvation even now!”
We mirror the very heart of God when we love souls and desire their salvation.
Table of Contents
Preface: “Do you really believe God wants to save me?”
- This gospel offer is sufficient to save all and is offered to all.
- This gospel offer is not merely a ‘free offer’ or a cold command, but a sincere invitation born out of God’s loving disposition to bless all of His creatures.
- This gracious invitation reveals God’s heart for His creation; He loves the world and desires its salvation.
- This kind disposition of God to bless His creatures fuels our desire to see the whole world blessed. We mirror the heart of God when we desire the salvation of the lost.
- If we do not believe these truths, our passion for missions may suffer and we may grow cold toward the lost.
Louis Berkhof wrote:
As that great theologian Louis Berkhof writes, “We believe that God “unfeignedly,” that is, sincerely or in good faith, calls all those who are living under the gospel to believe, and offers them salvation in the way of faith and repentance…”
May this book be a means of igniting your heart for the lost and teaching you something of the lovingkindness of our God.
About the Author
Trevor Johnson is a missionary in Indonesia, serving with HeartCry Missionary Society. He was sent under the oversight of Bible Baptist Church, Maplewood, MO. Trevor studied at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis. He and his wife Teresa live in the region of Papua, Indonesia, with their two children.