Friday, January 5, 2024

God wants all people saved

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1 Timothy 2:4-6 (NET) … since [God] wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as a ransom for ALL, revealing God’s purpose at his appointed time.

It is easy to read some portions of scripture and conclude that God does not really want all people to be saved but only a select few. That conclusion is a result of not rightly dividing the word of truth.

One thing we have as beings created in the image and likeness of God is free will. Because of free will God chooses us based on His foreknowledge of the way we would respond to His grace. He is the beginning and the end, He knows all things even before they are revealed in time, and He knows the choices we are going to make even before we were born. He also knows those who will choose to reject His salvation even before they were born, and He has made his choices concerning those who will be saved based on the choices that He knows we will make.

Those of us who have eternal life can influence things like this that have been determined from the realm of eternity. This means you can pray and intercede for someone who was meant to perish, and the person will be saved because you prayed. This means you can preach the gospel to people who would have perished and they will receive salvation from destruction because you preached.

Go into today knowing that there is no one the Lord wants to perish because He died for ALL. God expects you to be an agent through which His salvation reaches people who would have perished in their sins.

Prayer: Lord, make me an effective agent for your salvation. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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