One can argue that if God desires (based on the Greek word thelo) all be saved and God accomplishes all He desires (again based on the Greek word thelo), then all will be saved. As part of the support for this argument, establishing that God accomplishes all He desires or wills (when expressed through the Greek word thelo) is critical.
After reviewing all verses I could find that include thelo, when used to describe God, in the New Testament and the Septuagint (Greek) version of the Old Testament, I found these examples that seem to support the view that what God desires, wills, etc., expressed through the word thelo, He accomplishes.
2 Chronicles 9:8 “Blessed be the LORD your God who delighted in you, setting you on His throne as king for the LORD your God; because your God loved Israel establishing them forever, therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness.”
Job 23:13 “But He is unique and who can turn Him? And what His soul desires, that He does.”
Psalm 18:19 “He brought me forth also into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me.”
Psalm 115:3 “But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.”
Psalm 135:6 “Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.”
Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.”
Isaiah 55:11 “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
Matthew 26:39 “And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.’”
Mark 14:36 “And He was saying, ‘Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.’”
John 5:21 ”For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.”
Acts 18:21 “but taking leave of them and saying, ‘I will return to you again if God wills,’ he set sail from Ephesus.”
Romans 9:18 “So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”
1 Corinthians 4:19 “But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power.”
1 Corinthians 12:18 “But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired.”
1 Corinthians 15:38 “But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.”
Colossians 1:27 “to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
But there is at least one potential counterexample: Romans 9:22. (There is a second possible counterexample that I’m still looking at.)
“What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?” (NSB)
That surely does look like a counterexample. Given that God wills to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, this verse seems to say God does not demonstrate His wrath and make His power known because He endures with much patience the objects of wrath.
But consider the verse as it appears in the NKJV.
“What if God, willing to demonstrate his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath prepared for destruction?" (NKJV)
Again, given that God wills to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, this verse seems to say God does demonstrate His wrath and make His power known because He endures with much patience the objects of wrath. If that’s what the verse says, there is no failure to accomplish what He wills. But when although precedes the “willing to demonstrate his wrath” phrase, the meaning changes dramatically, making this verse appear to be a counterexample.
Many more Bible versions omit the word although than include it.
Does anybody care to explain why there are two distinctly different versions of this verse in the Bible, yielding different and even opposing interpretations?