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#1.2 GOD WILLS ALL MEN TO BE SAVED (1 Timothy 2:4)
Scriptures for σώξω 'sozo' meaning 'to save' Strong's 4982
Scriptures for σωτηρία 'soteria' meaning 'salvation' Strong's 4991
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- #1.21 God is our Creator
- #1.22 God is Righteous
- #1.23 God Loves us
- #1.24 God is Merciful
How can we know that God wants to save us? simply because God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2), and he has made it clear in his word that it is his will for all to be saved:
(Ezekiel 18:32) "I have no pleasure in the death of him who dies, says the Lord God: therefore turn yourselves and live."
(1 Timothy 2:3-4) "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth."
(2 Peter 3:9) "The Lord is ... not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
(John 6:37) "him who comes to me I will certainly not cast out."
This being so, a man might ask, "Why on earth would God want to save me? I am as wicked as can be, I have never done anything for God, or thought much about him, I have lived in sin all my life, and been diligent in all things to please myself, even at the expense of others. Why would God ever want to save me?" This bible study gives some good reasons why God desires all men to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4).
God not only created man in the beginning, but he continues to create people through the natural process of childbearing now:
(Genesis 1:27) "So God created man in his own image, he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female."
(Isaiah 43:7) "Even every one who is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yes, I have made him."
(Malachi 2:10) "Do we not all have one Father? has not one God created us?"
Many other scriptures also confirm this (Psalms 102:18; 104:30; Isaiah 43:15; 44:24; 45:12; 54:16; Jeremiah 1:5), and as our creator he has a responsibility towards us, which he desires to fulfil. God created us for his glory (Isaiah 43:7). He knew when he created us that we would fall into sin, and if he didn't make a way our for us then there would have been no good reason for us to be created: no glory to him, and no pleasure to him either (Ezekiel 18:32).
The fact that God is righteous is shown in the scriptures, (Nehemiah 9:33; Psalms 129:4; Isaiah 45:21; Lamentations 1:18), and so his very nature requires him to do right by us:
(Genesis 18:25) "Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?"
(Deuteronomy 32:4) "a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he."
(Job 37:23) "Concerning the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice;"
In order to do right, God has provided the salvation that we need. Otherwise we would be born into a corrupt world, without having the choice, and become sinners, destined to the lake of fire at the end of this life, with no way out. A righteous God would never do that.
In fact God is love (1 John 4:8; 4:16), and he has extended his love towards us, by sending Jesus to suffer and die on the cross for us:
(John 3:16) "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
(Romans 5:8) "But God demonstrates his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
Because he loves us, God wants to save us. Jesus loved us enough to voluntarily lay down his life for us (John 10:11; 10:17-18):
(John 15:13) "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
If you have anyone in your life that you love, and you saw them in trouble, wouldn't you want to help them out? Wouldn't you want them to be happy and have a good life? That is what God ultimately wants for us!
The scripture declares that God is "abounding in mercy." (Psalms 103:8), that his mercy is as high "as the heaven is above the earth," (Psalms 103:11), and "the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear him." (Psalms 103:17). Every one of the 26 verses in Psalm 136 says that "his mercy endures for ever." In fact God delights in mercy (Micah 7:18), and one reason why he concluded all the Jews in unbelief, was "that he might have mercy on all." (Romans 11:32). Because he is merciful, God wants to have mercy on us by saving us (Titus 3:5). Dear reader, God's love and mercy is extended towards you as it is towards everyone else. If you are willing to receive it, then trust in the love and mercy of God, and he will surely do what is right.
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