GOD WILL HAVE ALL PEOPLE SAVED (1 TIMOTHY 2:3-6)
UNIVERSAL RECONCILIATION BY THE NUMBERS
It is clear in scripture that God wants everyone to be saved and to come to know the truth. There is no dispute about that. Passages like the one we are looking at here are unequivocal and the message is so explicit that, rather than attempting to limit their scope, we should be looking closer at the passages that seem to deny the plan of God to save everyone in the end. We have begun doing just that in this blog.
In the “By the Numbers” series of posts, we are focusing on the simply straight forward message of those passages that are clear in their assertion that God will succeed in His plan. In this one, we spotlight the fact that Christ offered Himself as a ransom for the whole world.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (1 Timothy 2:3-6 KJV)
- It is good and acceptable to God that we pray for all of humanity because that is what God wants. Paul says as much, in the previous two verses, when he exhorts Timothy to offer supplications, prayers, intercessions, and to give thanks for all men. It is God’s will and purpose for all of humanity to be saved and that everyone should come to know the truth.
- The will and purpose of God is an unstoppable force (Isaiah 45:23; 46:9-10, 11b; 55:11). God has a plan whereby all of humanity, without exception, will be reconciled. See also a recent blog post entitled, The Will of God.
- All of humanity will know the truth. We know this because God said that it would.
- The man Christ Jesus plays a mediatorial role between God and the human race. He alone can do this because He alone paid the price – a ransom for ALL of humanity. If a ransom was paid to kidnappers for a man’s whole family and only one member was returned, the kidnappers broke the agreement. There would be a problem.
- The Greek, lutron, translated here as “ransom”, means to loose. In the Greek Old Testament, the Septuagint, a very important translation, when lutron is used it always signifies equivalence. So, when a family lost a member gored by the neighbor’s ox (Exodus 21:30) a ransom was paid according to the loss suffered.
- Jesus gave Himself a ransom for ALL of humanity (Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45). So it is, that having given Himself as a ransom for all, anything short of all of us saved would violate the terms of the ransom. The mediator cannot allow that to happen.
If it was God’s plan to offer Christ Jesus as a ransom, to pay the highest price for the salvation of the entire world, how can that ransom fail in accomplishing it for billions and billions of people?