Jesus, Savior of ALL Men, Especially Those Who Believe

Traditional Christians have been taught to either gloss over or twist plain Scriptures that contradict their beliefs. Gary Amirault from Tentmaker Ministries gives an example of this from 1 Timothy 4:9-11

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6 thoughts on “Jesus, Savior of ALL Men, Especially Those Who Believe

  1. One of the reasons I came out of the Catholic Church was because God opened my eyes to see how men can interpret the Scriptures to fit their traditions. Ironically, the Catholic Church teaches that Sacred Tradition is equal to the Sacred Scripture; so – in a crazy way I suppose – one could say that though the Catholic Church often gets it wrong, at least they are not hypocrites – because they acknowledge the importance of the influence of tradition. But for the Protestant who says the Bible alone is sufficient, what is their excuse for holding on to the false doctrine of eternal punishment? They hold onto a false tradition and remain blind to its influence. Of course – praise God – it’s all by the grace of God’s Holy Spirit that any of us understand any truth in God’s Word.

  2. what an beautiful title “Jesus, Savior of ALL Men, Especially Those Who Believe”.Really true it is God is always with all of them who believe in Him and also with whom who did not believe in Him.Because He is the father of all of us.He give the birth to all of us so all the humans are same for Him all are His child.Really very glad to find your post..

    Love,
    Emma

  3. Much is made out of 1 Tim. 4:10 by the Universalist to claim that Jesus wil redeem all people whether or not they accept or reject Christ as Savior here on earth. Eventually, they say, all people will repent (either here or in the after-life) and come to a saving relationship with God. 1 Tim. 4:10 is used as proof. Unfortunately, the verse does not prove what the Universalists hope it does. Can God be called the Savior of all men and yet not redeem all? Yes.

    All people are, by nature, born under wrath (Eph. 2:3) and should go to hell. Why? Because God is holy and we are sinners. Yet, we have hope in Christ. The Christian is saved by faith (Eph. 2:8) and will join the Lord in heaven. But, the unbeliever is under judgment. John 3:18 says, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (KJV). Why does God not simply destroy them as is His right? Because of the Christians! Because God is being patient with the unbeliever, allowing them to enjoy the blessings of life in this world without the rightful condemnation of God falling upon them. This is what the Bible states:

    “What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory” (Rom. 9:22-23, NASB).

    As you can see, God is patient with the unregenerate. They receive a delayed judgment because of God’s love for the believer. In this sense, Jesus is the Savior of the world because He holds back His judging hand from all who rightly and immediately deserve it. Judgment is delayed. This is a blessing received from God upon the unbeliever. In fact, God often blesses the unbeliever because of the presence of a believer.

    “And it came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house, and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field,” (Gen. 39:5, NASB).

    Consider also Matt. 13:24-30 and the parable of the wheat and the tares. In it Jesus compares the world to a field. He later interprets it by stating that “the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one,” (Matt. 13:38). But in Matt. 13:29-30 Jesus states that the tares are not dealt with right away because the wheat is there among them. “But he *said, ‘No; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them. 30 ‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest,” (NASB).

    So, can it be said that the tares were saved from judgment? Yes…temporarily. The unbeliever enjoys a delayed judgment. But with the Christian, Jesus is especially their Savior and judgment is permanently removed from them.

    All are made saveable by Jesus’ sacrifice
    Another way in which Jesus is the savior of all men is that He has made all people saveable. Without Jesus’ sacrifice, none could ever be saved. Since Jesus, who is the word made flesh (John 1:1,14), atoned for sin, all people are now redeemable. He is the Savior of all, but especially of believers. That is, all are now redeemable due to the sacrifice of Christ, but redemption is specifically applied to those who trust in Christ.

    Is God the Savior?
    “For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers,” (1 Tim. 4:10, NASB).

    1 Tim. 4:10 is referring to God in particular and not necessarily Jesus in particular. Does the title “God” include Jesus? Of course, since Jesus is God in flesh (Col. 2:9), the Savior. God, who is a Trinity, is called Savior in Psalm 106:21; Isaiah 43:3; Luke 1:47; 1 Tim. 1:1; 2:3; Titus 1:3-4; and Titus 2:10. It is obvious that the term refers to God in the generic sense of being the Savior of all men since He brings salvation to all though it is not accepted by all. This is why it says that God (not Jesus) is the Savior of all men, especially of believers. How is it especially to believers? Simple. It is especially and specifically realized only by those who are believers.

    Furthermore, only Jesus is the mediator between God and men (1 Tim. 2:5) and He mediates only between the saved and God. He does not mediate His atoning work for the unredeemed. His being Savior is generic for all, but specific for the saved.

    Therefore, this verse does not necessitate that all will be redeemed.

  4. I believe that what you are presenting here is true. The reason I believe that is because I have done my own studies as well, because the whole eternal torment idea just didn’t make even logical sense to me. Let me explain how I believe God showed me. He showed me that ALL creation will go through His refining fire. All of it. Those who choose His way now, go through many trials and tribulations because we are, or at least should be, contrary to this present world system. In fact, the Bible says that we are to die to sin and this world. There are two deaths involved even with the believer; the one I just mentioned, plus the obvious physical death which we must all suffer. Those who reject God’s way obviously do not die to self and this world, but rather nurture and embrace it. When their life is over, they will still have to go through God’s refining fire, namely Gehenna. If there is nothing of God in them, then of course, after this process there would be nothing left of them except the spirit or life force that God gives us all. The ones who chose His way here get to keep their souls (unique personality) and get to be the first to enter God’s kingdom. That also makes more sense when we read the verse where Yahoshua (Jesus) said that “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” Time wise, and reward wise. You are right, there is ample evidence to support the belief that all men will be eventually saved, but not until a much future time after all has been purified by His refining fire. At that time God will be “All in all” as the scriptures declare.

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