The Calvinists will tend to emphasize the role of “God” in loving the world and giving the Son. The Arminians will tend to stress the word “whosoever” as indicating human freedom and the human decision-making process in salvation.
If I shoot a man without cause, that action would be wrong. But if a police officer shoots a man with cause, then the action would be regarded as justified. The same action is judged differently when it is carried out by different actors in different circumstances.
It would seem that to submit humbly to Christ’s teaching would require a willful act on the part of the believer rather than a forced submission. Once again I would argue, the only part in salvation that man can play, and must play, is that of a beggar who in response to God’s calling cries out like the Publican, “God be merciful to me a sinner.”
I have great concern about the challenges this upcoming generation will face. That’s why we as grandparents and parents need to be on our knees praying for them. We have to become in a real sense prayer warriors, fighting for the lives of our children and grandchildren.
Fellow Christian, either we are seeking and saving the lost, or we are sulking as we savor our own salvation. Evangelism must be intentional. It will never happen by accident.