1 Timothy 2:3-4 “Everyone, Really?”
This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Honestly, the first few times I read the Bible, I was conquering a goal, “Gotta get it done!” But I was so rushed reading it, I only caught the highlights. I received some value, but not near as much as reading passages with enough thought to write devotions to you. The more you study the Bible, the more amazed you get at how much insight and wisdom is packed into just one book. So let’s analyze these 18 words.
Notice the “and” in the passage. God wants you to be saved “AND to come to a knowledge of the truth.” If I get this right, it means we can be saved, but not really get the knowledge of the truth. For instance, a person on their deathbed, (that happens a lot), can be saved when they accept Jesus, but that person didn’t get to ever have the blessing of a life with knowledge of the truth, until they got to heaven.
But when we’re ignorant of the knowledge, we may think, “Heck, I like that! I’ll just be saved, but ignore the knowledge. Then I won’t have to follow all the rules!” Why would I say that’s ignorant? Because once you understand the rewards of living a godly life, you try it and find that living properly provides a happier, less stressful, less painful and more blessed life. That is the knowledge that God is talking about. Once you begin to understand the truth, you begin to feel sorry for those that live life in the dark and stinky world, and all the time, they look at godly folks like we’re the ones missing out on life.
In addition, notice the first part of the passage. God wants us all to be saved. He doesn’t play favorites. He wants to save Mother Teresa and Charlie Manson...WHAT? Are you kidding? But that’s God’s heart. He wants ALL men to be saved. That’s why God teaches us to not be judgmental. Some of His teachings sure are more difficult to follow than others, huh? But think about it. If all sin is death, then we want God to forgive everyone or we aren’t forgiven, hmmm. Maybe it isn’t so horrific to hope a freak like Charlie finds Christ. In fact, it’s our “ticket to the eternal dance!”
A personal message...
“These devotions were written to my four children, Christian, Mike, Allison and Alex. By the kids allowing these to be shared publicly, our hope is that the devotions will make a positive and eternal difference in the lives of other young people as they mature. Enjoy. Rick Isaacson”