From: Jamie Smith
How difficult is it for God to convince anyone concerning Himself? What effort must He exert? For instance, let’s look at Saul who later became Paul. Now Saul was busy “...breathing out threatening and murder against the disciples of the Lord...” He would drag out men and women from their homes and into jail.
God sent the risen Christ to influence Saul. Jesus showed Himself to Saul. Spoke to him. Caused him to fall down. Blinded him. Sent Ananias to speak to him.
Restored his sight and gave him holy spirit. Saul was then convinced concerning exactly Who the true God was and also who Christ was. While Saul’s decision to believe was voluntary, it certainly was not a free will decision. He was caused to believe. The Lord said that Saul was a “...choice instrument of Mine...” To accomplish His purpose, all those things were done to Saul.
God could do this billions of times to billions of people and He wouldn’t even breathe hard. Eventually, in His own timee, God does just that. Paul says that his conversion is a pattern for that of Israel. In fact “...And thus all Israel shall be saved, according as it is written...” It appears God will act toward Israel in a similar way that He acted toward Saul. Not difficult at all for a loving God.
Just as all Israel will be saved, so shall everyone else. 1Cor. 15:22: “For even as, in Adam, all are dying, thus also, in Christ, shall all be vivified.” Ro 5:18,19: “Consequently, then, as it was through one offense for all mankind for condemnation, thus also it is through one just award for all mankind for life’s justifying. For even as, through the disobedience of the one man, the many were constituted sinners, thus also, through the obedience of the One, the many shall be constituted just.”
Saul was the greatest sinner of all mankind. He was worse than anyone reading this letter. The point really isn’t how hard or easy it is for God to cause a person to believe, for there is no lack of power in God. The point is not if one deserves salvation, since none do. The issue concerns God’s desire and responsibility in saving those He created. You are created for His enjoyment and you will know it in due time. A few will know it before they die. Most are destined to know it upon resurrection. Then all will voluntarily believe.