God’s “Shalls” and “Wills” – There is Nothing Comparable to Them


Last week, I had the privilege of preaching from Matthew 1:18-23 to the people I love at Redeeming Grace Church.

We rejoiced in the truth that Jesus “will save his people from their sins.”

I shared one of my favorite quotes from the 19th Century Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon, who was confident in God’s power and ability to save:

“Oh! I love God’s ‘shalls’ and ‘wills.’ There is nothing comparable to them. Let a man say ‘shall,’ what is it good for? ‘I will,’ says man, and he never performs; ‘I shall,’ says he, and he breaks his promise. But it is never so with God’s ‘shalls.’ If he says, ‘shall,’ it shall be; when he says, ‘will,’ it will be. Now He has said here, ‘many shall come.’ The devil says, ‘they shall not come’; but ‘they shall come’. You yourselves, say, ‘we won’t come’; God says, ‘You shall come’.

Yes! There are some here who are laughing at salvation, who can scoff at Christ, and mock at the gospel; but I tell you some of you shall come yet. ‘What!’ you say, ‘can God make me become a Christian?’ I tell you yes, for herein rests the power of the gospel. It does not ask your consent; but it gets it. It does not say, will you have it, but it makes you willing in the day of God’s power…

The gospel wants not your consent, it gets it. It knocks the enmity out of your heart. You say, ‘I do not want to be saved;’ Christ says you shall be. He makes your will turn round, and then you cry, ‘Lord, save, or I perish.’ Ah, might heaven exclaim, ‘I knew I would make you say that;’ and then he rejoices over you because he has changed your will and made you willing in the day of his power.” Charles Spurgeon

Matthew Henry served us, as well:


“Behold in this the deepest mystery and the richest mercy that ever was! By the light of nature, we see God as a God above us; by the light of the law, we see him as a God against us; but by the light of the gospel, we see him as Immanuel, God with us, in our own nature, and (which is more) in our interest.” Matthew Henry

God with us. God for us. God in our own interest. God coming to save us. That’s what we have in Christ.

Matthew 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”


I'm a husband, father of four, healthcare IT recruiter, pastor and writer. I live in the greater Nashville, TN area where I serve as an elder with Redeeming Grace Church (www.rgcnashville.com).