Looking deeply into the heart of God

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We can only think accurately about how God relates to the evil actions of humans (and to His own acts of judgment), if we respect an important distinction concerning God’s will.  

Along with God’s sovereign and revealed will, one must consider God’s dispositional will. This dimension probes deeply into God’s heart toward His creation.

II Peter 3:9 reveals God’s heart 

The apostle Peter reminds us that God is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Obviously this aspect of God’s will refers to something other than the sovereign or predetermined will of God because some people will perish. What it tells us is that God is not inwardly disposed to or delighted by people perishing — even though in His judgment He will cause some to perish.

R.C. Sproul explains

“All things being equal, God does desire that no one perishes, but all things are not equal. Sin is real. Sin…

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