Tag: all men saved
Saturday December 6th, 2014
The passage for today is Paul’s letter to Timothy chapters 1-3. Timothy was a young pastor, mentored by Paul, who was a pastor at the church in Ephesus. Paul wrote to encourage him and instruct him in basic pastoral leadership.
“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:15-17
” I urge then, first of all that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.” 1 Timothy 2:1-5
“Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body; was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.” 1st Timothy 3:16
Paul stood in awe of Jesus Christ, the “King Eternal”! Paul knew Jesus Christ as “God our Savior” and the only mediator between God the Father and mankind. Jesus came in a human body, was crucified and raised from the dead. He is now preached among all nations and is believed on in the world. He was taken up in glory and will come again! This is the Gospel Paul preached!
Scripture reading for October 17th: 1st Timothy 2:1-15
One of the main duties of a pastor is prayer. Paul continued his instructions to this young pastor in the area of prayer. Jesus, Himself, is praying for all of us as believers. He is the only mediator between God the Father and mankind. We as pastors must do business with Him!
“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in the proper time.” (1st Timothy 2:1-6)
This simple instruction on prayer began with praying for those in authority. God places all authority in the positions He desires. (Romans 13:1-2) We are to obey and submit to authority, but also pray for them, whether they are godly or not. The prayers of godly people for those in authority help to insure a quiet and peaceful life. When authority is under a prayer covering, God’s people can also have freedom to spread the Gospel to all men. God wants all men to be saved because all need saved. All are sinners for who Christ paid the ransom of His own life blood! Timothy and all who minister would do well to keep these facts in mind!
“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” ” I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” (1st Timothy 2:8-9) Paul’s instructions to men and women in the church were given to help each fulfill the roles that God had given them. Men, in that society, needed encouragement to be leaders in prayer in the church. Women needed instruction in modesty and submission. Paul was addressing problems that Timothy faced in Ephesus. The principles he taught are helpful for us today. Thankfully, Jesus is our mediator yet today!