Anti-pelagian Writings by St. Augustine
Chapter 44.--In What Way God Wills All Men to Be Saved.
And what is written, that |He wills all men to be saved,| while yet all men are not saved, may be understood in many ways, some of which I have mentioned in other writings of mine; but here I will say one thing: |He wills all men to be saved,| is so said that all the predestinated may be understood by it, because every kind of men is among them. Just as it was said to the Pharisees, |Ye tithe every herb;| where the expression is only to be understood of every herb that they had, for they did not tithe every herb which was found throughout the whole earth. According to the same manner of speaking, it was said, |Even as I also please all men in all things.| For did he who said this please also the multitude of his persecutors? But he pleased every kind of men that assembled in the Church of Christ, whether they were already established therein, or were to be introduced into it.