Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Daily Message: Salvation for ALL who accept it ~ 1 Timothy 2:3-6

I've seen several people posting about predestination lately, stating basically that God chose who would be saved and who wouldn't from the beginning. The way I understand their position, they believe that only a select few, chosen by God from the beginning of time, have the opportunity to accept the salvation offered through God's own sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Though I understand that a few select verses in the New Testament can be quoted to support this position (Romans chapters 8 and 9 specifically), I get a completely different picture when I read them in context. Specifically, these verses speak to me of who will suffer in this life, on this earth, in order that God may be glorified. I don't read these verses and see that some are doomed to Hell by God's choice.

Today my study was centered on 1 Timothy, chapter 2 and the passage that jumped out at me is just one of many I read in the New Testament that support my belief that salvation through Jesus Christ is available to ALL who choose to accept Him as their Lord and Savior.
" 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time." ~ 1 Timothy 2:3-6

I don't believe it can be stated more succinctly, more obviously, that God wants ALL people to receive salvation. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live, suffer, and die so that ALL have the opportunity, through His mercy and grace, to have their names written in the Lamb's book of life.

I believe wholeheartedly, that salvation is ours for the asking, if we confess our sins, acknowledge Jesus is the Son of God, and hand our hearts over to Him. I believe it's clearly stated in this passage and others, and that the verses used to argue that some are denied even the opportunity to receive salvation are taken out of context.

Jesus Christ died for ALL our sins, so that we can ALL receive eternal life through His sacrifice. If you don't have the peace that comes from that precious gift, get it today. Click the link below and follow the steps God laid out to assure yourself a place in Heaven, an eternal life free from pain, suffering, worry, and trouble.

God gave His Son so that we might be free, each and every one of us.

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