God Doesn’t Want Anyone to Go to Hell

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Romans 8:29

Ponder This

Some believe certain people are predestined to Hell and others are predestined to Heaven. But God doesn't predestine anybody to Hell, and He doesn’t want anybody to go to Hell. God wants everybody saved. First Timothy 2:3-4 says, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,” and 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

Think of Matthew 21:1-11. Jesus was coming down off the Mount of Olives on the way to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and the crowd was saying, “Hail Him, hail Him, hosanna!” But He knew in just a few days He would face bloody Calvary and the same group that was saying, “Hail Him,” would be saying, “Nail Him.” At this moment, Jesus said with sorrow, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37). In His sorrow, Jesus expressed the reality that God does not wish for any to perish but for all to be saved.

  • What do you learn about God’s heart through the reminder that He doesn’t want anyone to perish?
  • How should God’s heart for people to be saved motivate us to share the Gospel with them?

Practice This

Take time today to share the Good News with someone who God doesn’t want to see perish but desires to be saved.