Does God Desire All to Be Saved? Are There Two Wills in God?

Andy Naselli —  January 7, 2014 — 2 Comments

I’ve probably read this essay slowly about a half-dozen times:

John Piper. “Are There Two Wills in God?” Pages 107–31 in Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives on Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace. Edited by Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000.

It’s an incredibly helpful guide.

I’ve even preached its essence a few times (e.g., in 2008: MP3 | outline).

Untitled-1So I’m delighted that Piper has expanded the essay into a short book:

John Piper. Does God Desire All to Be Saved? Wheaton: Crossway, 2013.

It’s only 62 pages, and you could read it carefully in about three hours. And it’s available as a free PDF.

This little book significantly revises the essay. Piper wrote a new introduction, divided the essay up into four chapters, and then worked through it from beginning to end as if it were a draft. He ended up tweaking something in just about every sentence, added many new sentences and paragraphs, and updated old wordings and illustrations. The original essay is about 9,000 words; the book is almost 17,000 words.

I just slowly read the book, and I’m glad I did. Meditating on God’s two wills leads me to exult in his greatness.

2 responses to Does God Desire All to Be Saved? Are There Two Wills in God?

  1. I haven’t read this yet (although I’ve read the first essay… also slowly… several times). Does this expansion include direct responses to the criticisms of his approach?

    • I’m not sure what criticisms you have in mind, but there are some pretty extensive footnotes throughout in which he interacts with Howard Marshall, Clark Pinnock, Roger Olson, and others.

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