Monday, January 22, 2007

1 Timothy 2:3-7

3This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time. 7And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.

Paul is presenting the fact that it is for all men that Jesus gave his life. It is not just for the Jew, but also for the gentile. Jesus suffered and died for all men. This is really the mission of Paul; to proclaim this truth. Thank you Lord for your gift to us all. God wants us all to be saved and to know his truth. Unfortunately, all do not submit themselves to God in faith and repentance.

This also reminds me of an excerpt from an old-school sermon I recently heard: “Jesus is worthy of the reward of his suffering.” It changed the way I look at evangelism and discipleship. It directed the focus to God. While I need to care for others, my motivation for evangelizing and discipling is not primarily for them, it is for God. I care about souls because the Lord gave his life for them. It is his reward that I work for and in doing so the lives of man are forever changed. It is all about God.

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