Monday, May 12, 2008
1Ti 4:10 For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.
1Ti 4:11 Command and teach these things.
People need to come to the point of believing God, not just believing in God.
I choose to believe that God is the Savior of all people and not exclusively current believers.
I say it that way, because I believe all humanity will come to know Him and trust in Him and worship Him.
Rev 5:13--- "And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!"
Very simply, if God leaves one creature (all created beings) unsaved, then the spirit of God could not have allowed Paul to write that "God is the Savior of all people". But we should note that Rev. 5:13 goes beyond humans and includes all creatures.
Praise God for His gracious universal salvation!!!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
1John 2:2"He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world."
Our dear brother John appears to be writing to believers only in this letter, but note the language concerning this propitiation, this sacrificing that Jesus did, "not for ours only" (us believers) "but also for the sins of the whole world". Jesus redeemed humanity at the cross, most just don't know it---yet! Ever since God took the blinders off of my eyes, I now read verses like this and just simply choose to believe what it says---and what it says is that the world's sins are no longer an issue---the only issue remaining is for non-believers to be granted the knowledge that God loves them unconditionally and God's provision of the conditions for all to come to belief as the Word tells me will happen! God loves you dear reader and has redeemed you!