Paul– Who Desires All Men To Be Saved

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Various Jewish prophets foretold the day when a man would shed his blood for the remission of sins. Most notable among these was Isaiah who predicted, “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all . . . he was cut off from the land of the living: for the transgressions of my people he was stricken . . . Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he has put him to grief. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days . . . and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (Isaiah 53).

King David was swept up in the spirit of this man’s suffering and described the experience: “They pierced my hands and my feet . . . They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” (Psalm 22: 16, 18). Zechariah predicted that “they will look on me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for him as one mourns for his only son” (Zechariah 12: 10). Daniel foretold the coming sacrifice and its timing: “After the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself . . . in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering” (Daniel 9: 26, 27)…

As Jesus hung on the cross outside Jerusalem, he fulfilled every type and shadow of the sacrificial law of the Old Testament. In particular, he was the Passover Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world, whose blood could be applied to the hearts of believers by the millions, causing eternal death to pass over them. He was the vicarious sacrifice and atonement prefigured for Judaism in Isaac. He was both the Yahweh goat and the scapegoat that atoned for and carried the sin of all mankind outside the camp (Leviticus 16: 7-26; Hebrews 13: 11-13). – John D. Garr,  Our Lost Legacy: Christianity’s Hebrew Heritage

Continuing today with Paul’s first letter to Timothy…

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (II Timothy 2:1-4 NKJV).

The Gospel of LORD Jesus Messiah and Him Crucified for sin is of utmost importance to Paul.  It is the center of his life work and witness.

But what does it say?  The Word is near you, even in your mouth., and in your heart; that is, the Word of Faith, which we preach.  That if you shall confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be Saved (Rom 10:8-9 KJV).

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, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth in Christ and not lying—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth (II Timothy 2:5-7 NKJV).

There is “one Mediator,” and he certainly is not the Pope… or some self-appointed charismatic apostle or prophet.  The Plan of Salvation through the Messiah’s substitutionary atonement on the Cross of Calvary, “a ransom” price He paid was predestined before the foundation of the world.

 Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,  but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.  For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you (I Peter 1:18-20 NASB).

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works (II Timothy 2:8-10 NKJV).

There it is—spelled out in black and white.  No mini-skirts, halter tops, spaghetti strings, skinny jeans, excessive make-up or tons of flaunted jewelry.  This addresses women, but applies to men too… That went without saying in the first century community of Believers, but actually not so much today as anything seems to go in the church.  The modern church looks nothing like the Biblical church of the first century.

 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control (II Timothy 2:11-15 NKJV).

And there’s more—spelled out in black and white.  When a woman exalts herself as a pastor she is acting in direct rebellion to Scripture.  There’s no way around it.

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes.  You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.  This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They put their trust in God and accepted the authority of their husbands (I Peter 3:2-5 NLT).