๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ‘‘ Savior Of All Men?

โ€œโ€ฆthe living Godโ€ฆis the Savior of all men, specially of those that believeโ€ (1 Tim.ย 4:10).

โ€œHow is Christ the Savior of all men, specially of them that believe?โ€

โ€œโ€ฆthe Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the worldโ€ (1 Johnย 4:14), but โ€œit pleased Godโ€ฆto save them that believeโ€ (1 Cor.ย 1:21). So God is theย potentialย Savior of all, and theparticularย Savior of all that believe. Righteousness is offered โ€œunto all,โ€ but it only comes โ€œuponย all them that believeโ€ (Rom.ย 3:22).

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

โ€œTake heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear theeโ€ (1 Tim.ย 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 thatย notย taking heed to Pauline doctrine always brings. Unsaved men can benefit fromย thisย kind of salvation as well.

Remember, a few verses earlier, Paul told believers that โ€œgodliness is profitableโ€ฆย having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to comeโ€ (1 Tim.ย 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.ย Berean Bible Societyย 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 wouldnโ€™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 โ€œthe way of transgressors is hardโ€ (Prov.ย 13:15), and that โ€œvirtue is its own reward.โ€ So Christ can saveย themย from misery and heartache as well, as they inadvertently take heed to โ€œthe doctrine that is according to godlinessโ€ (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.ย 5:45; Actsย 17:17), adhering to Christian principles can save unsaved men from misery and heartache in life. That makes God โ€œthe Savior of all men,โ€ but specially of them that believe, for them that believe willย also be saved from an eternity in the lake of fire in the life which is to come. source

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[โ€ฆ] died for our sinsโ€, God can justly forgive us โ€” and He will, IF we but acknowledge our sin and our need of a Saviour, and do not join the self-righteous who keep โ€œgoing about to establish their own righteousnessโ€ [โ€ฆ]

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