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Reading along with us in 1 Timothy? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Timothy 2 (ESV)

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth....Continue Reading

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  1. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 (ESV)
    3  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4  who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

    This passage is one of the primary text used to teach universalism. Universalism teaches that God saves everyone regardless of their response to the gospel message or even if they have heard the gospel message. However, this is contrary to the teaching found in the rest of the 1 Timothy and the teaching of Christ.
    1 Timothy 4:1 (ESV)
     Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
    1 Timothy 5:24 (ESV)
     The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later.
    1 Timothy 6:10 (ESV)
     For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

    Jesus taught against universalism.
    Matthew 25:30 (ESV)
     And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
    Matthew 25:41 (ESV)
     “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
    Matthew 25:46 (ESV)
     And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

    Instead, maybe Paul is talking about ‘classes’ of people, e.g., Jew and Gentiles because that was the immediate theological tension of his time.

  2. The power of prayer as well as the power of our testimony for the sake of the gospel

    1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

  3. 3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.❤️

  4. It says a lot that Paul would urge prayer for rulers and authorities of his day. Many were evil and opposed to the gospel. It is certainly a model for us to pray for leaders independent of whether we agree with them. It also recognizes the value of authority and how it functions in God’s economy. I like the different facets of prayer mentioned as well: requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving (that may be the tougher one when praying for enemies). And the reason is interesting too: that we would lead peaceable and quiet lives. Certainly conflict is an inherent part of living and sharing the truth of God. But we as believers shouldn’t be seeking it out, but praying for and loving people that give us a hard time about our faith. Persecution can be a sign of doing things right (if we live a godly life we will be persecuted, 2 Timothy 3:12). But it can also be a sign that we are pushing our faith where it is unwelcome and pushing too hard can discredit the truth.

    And yes the fact that God desires all men to be saved is a principle used by universalists to promote all people being saved. But it is clear throughout Scripture that just because God wants people to be saved that they will be. Just look at the people of Israel!! In addition to the desire of God is the free will of man that can prevent God’s will in that individual’s life. Now the fact that God wants everyone to be saved is essential. Because if He didn’t want it, than we would all be in trouble. And if He showed favorites and didn’t at least extend salvation to everyone, then He wouldn’t be the kind of God He has shown Himself to be throughout Scripture.

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