IS GOD UNABLE TO SAVE MEN BECAUSE THEY ARE ‘UNWILLING’?
The salvation of any sinner is a matter of Divine power. By nature the sinner is at enmity with God, and naught but Divine power operating within him, can OVERCOME this enmity; hence it is written, “No man can come unto Me, EXCEPT the Father which hath sent Me DRAW him” (John 6:44).
It is the Divine power overcoming the sinner’s innate enmity which makes him WILLING TO COME to Christ that he might have life. But this “enmity” is not overcome in all—why? Is it because the enmity is TOO STRONG to be overcome? Are there some hearts so steeled against Him that Christ is UNABLE to gain entrance? To answer in the affirmative is to DENY HIS OMNIPOTENCE. In the final analysis it is not a question of the sinner’s willingness or unwillingness, for by nature ALL are UNWILLING. Willingness to come to Christ is the finished product of Divine power operating in the human heart and will in overcoming man’s inherent and chronic “enmity,” as it is written, “Thy people shall be willing in the day of THY POWER” (Ps. 110:3).
To say that Christ is UNABLE to win to Himself those who are unwilling is to deny that all power in heaven and earth is His. To say that Christ cannot put forth His power without destroying man’s responsibility is a begging of the question here raised, for HE HAS put forth His power and made willing those who HAVE come to Him, and if He did this without destroying THEIR responsibility, why “cannot” He do so with others? If He is able to win the heart of one sinner to Himself, why not that of another? To say, as is usually said, the others WILL NOT LET HIM is to impeach His sufficiency. It is a question of HIS will. If the Lord Jesus has decreed, desired, purposed the salvation of all mankind, then the entire human race WILL BE SAVED, or, otherwise, He lacks the power to make good His intentions; and in such a case it could never be said, “He SHALL see of the travail of His soul and be SATISFIED.”
The issue raised involves THE DEITY of the Saviour, for a DEFEATED Saviour cannot be God!
By nature, God’s elect are children of wrath EVEN AS OTHERS (Eph. 2:3), and as such their hearts are at enmity with God. But this “enmity” of theirs is overcome by the Spirit and He “compels” THEM to come in. Is it not clear then that the reason why OTHERS are left outside, is not only because they are UNWILLING to go in, but also because the Holy Spirit does not “compel” THEM to come in? Is it not manifest that the Holy Spirit is SOVEREIGN in the exercise of His power, and that as the wind “bloweth WHERE IT PLEASETH“, so the Holy Spirit OPERATES WHERE HE PLEASES?
[Quoted from A.W. Pink’s ‘The Sovereignty of God’ – Baker Publications]