Saturday 16th November 2019 Prayer Devotion.
Scripture Reading:- 1 Timothy 2:1-7
Topic:- Does God Wants Everyone To Be Saved 
Text:- 1 Timothy 2:4
13. So, then, what is Paul’s point in saying that it is God’s will for “all” to be saved? God has given his people the gospel to take to all nations. God’s will for every person on the planet is for him or her to repent and believe in the gospel.
14. Some, by grace, will respond. And some will not respond. God’s people cannot know in advance who is going to respond to this message and who is not.
15. God’s people are to pray and to preach to everyone concerning God’s will for them—that they should repent, believe, and be saved. The results of that witness are left to God.
16. God desires all people to be saved, and these verses explain that there is only one way for them to be saved. There is only one God, and this means there is only one plan of salvation: his plan. God has appointed his Son, Jesus, to be a “mediator” between himself and sinners. Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead in order to heal the breach between a holy God and sinful man. In this way, “the man Christ Jesus” effects reconciliation between God and mankind.
C. Who Gave Himself:
1. Means that no one took Jesus’ life away from Him. On the contrary, Jesus offered Himself freely on the cross as a “ransom”— meaning that He died in the place of sinners to pay the price owed by them for their sins. See John 10:18.
2. This statement is likely a variation on Jesus’ own words concerning His death as a ransom. The ransom price was the penalty of death. See Mark 10:45; Matthew 20:28; Romans 6:23; Genesis 2:17.
3. Sin deserves judgment, and Jesus took that judgment upon Himself when He died on the cross. By His death, He provides forgiveness of sins. By His resurrection, He offers eternal life. He is a ransom “for all.”
4. This ransom, however, is effective only for those who believe in Christ. Nevertheless, the giving of himself “for all” is a “testimony given at the proper time.” The “testimony” in view here most likely refers to testimony that serves as proof (BDAG, s.v. μαρτύριον), such as in a court of law.
5. No doubt God is the one giving this testimony; in some sense Christ’s ransoming work is God’s proof that Christ has given Himself on behalf of sinners.
6. Paul’s calling to preach the gospel (outlined is by divine appointment: “For this I was appointed.” God appointed Paul to be a “preacher” (a herald of the gospel message) and an “apostle” (one specifically commissioned by the risen Christ for the work. See 1 Timothy 2:5-6.
7. Paul says that Christ made him a “teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” This is reminiscent of Jesus’ own words concerning Paul’s ministry. He preaches “in faith and truth,” which indicates fidelity to the gospel and its truthfulness as God’s revelation. See Acts 9:15.
Prayer Point:- I command power of praying and praying through, come upon me henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
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