If God wants everyone to be saved, why did Christ purposefully speak in parables?

If God wanted everyone to be saved, Jesus would not have spoken in parables specifically so the people would not understand.

Matthew 13:10-17

10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” 11 Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,

‘You will keep on hearing, but will not understand;
You will keep on seeing, but will not perceive;
15 For the heart of this people has become dull,
With their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes,
Otherwise they would see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart and return,
And I would heal them.’

16 But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Maybe ‘want’ is the wrong word. God takes no pleasure in the suffering of people (Ezekiel 33:11). God DOES DESIRE to see everyone saved (1 Timothy 2:4), but I think that’s like saying “I wish no one had to suffer” – its a desire that will not come to pass.

We have to realize that God has plans for us. What God plans, God will cause to come to pass. No one can frustrate God’s plan (Isaiah 14:24-27; 19:12; 22:11; 23:9; 37:26; 46:10-11; Jeremiah 29:11; 49:20; 50:45). EVERYONE God gives to Christ will come to Him (John 6:37). God only saves those HE chooses. John 6:29 and Philippians 2:13 tell us that God works in us to desire and to do His will. God’s kindness leads us to repent (Romans 2:4). But while everyone is given a chance to repent and believe, but God only works in those He knew before the foundation of the world to ensure they are saved (Romans 8:28-30). There are some who are created (destined, predestined, ordained) for destruction (Romans 9:18-24). Some believe they chose God, but in fact God chose them (John 15:16). Even some who BELIEVE they are saved will find that they are not saved (Matthew 7:21-23). None of us know who is elect, until after someone comes to Christ and shows lasting fruit, so we have to treat everyone as though they are elect and have not yet responded to God’s call. 

Here are some of my posts that might help explain what I mean: 


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