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πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ Savior Of All Men?

β€œβ€¦the living God…is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe” (1 Tim.Β 4:10).

β€œHow is Christ the Savior of all men, specially of them that believe?”

β€œβ€¦the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 JohnΒ 4:14), but β€œit pleased God…to save them that believe” (1 Cor.Β 1:21). So God is theΒ potentialΒ Savior of all, and theparticularΒ Savior of all that believe. Righteousness is offered β€œunto all,” but it only comes β€œuponΒ all them that believe” (Rom.Β 3:22).

But in the context of 1 TimothyΒ 4:10, it is possible Paul had even more than this in mind. In Verse 16, he told Timothy:

β€œTake heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Tim.Β 4:16).

Since Timothy was already saved from his sins, Paul must be saying he could save himself and his hearers from all the misery and heartache thatΒ notΒ taking heed to Pauline doctrine always brings. Unsaved men can benefit fromΒ thisΒ kind of salvation as well.

Remember, a few verses earlier, Paul told believers that β€œgodliness is profitable… having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Tim.Β 4:8). Every believer knows that living a godly life will yield the profit of rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ in the life to come. But godliness also profits richly in this life as well.Β Berean Bible SocietyΒ founder Pastor C. R. Stam used to say that if he died and found out that Christianity was all a lie, that there was no life after death or rewards in the life to come, he wouldn’t regret a moment of the life he had lived, for it is the richest, most rewarding and satisfying life that can be lived.

But even unbelievers know by experience that β€œthe way of transgressors is hard” (Prov.Β 13:15), and that β€œvirtue is its own reward.” So Christ can saveΒ themΒ from misery and heartache as well, as they inadvertently take heed to β€œthe doctrine that is according to godliness” (1 Tim. 6:3).

And so, just as the sun and the rain that God gives all men can save unsaved men from the deprivation they would know without these things in life (Matt.Β 5:45; ActsΒ 17:17), adhering to Christian principles can save unsaved men from misery and heartache in life. That makes God β€œthe Savior of all men,” but specially of them that believe, for them that believe willΒ alsobe saved from an eternity in the lake of fire in the life which is to come. source

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