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Verse of the Day (March 28, 2020)

Verse of the Day (March 28, 2020) #BMSeminary – Paul follows his teaching that God desires “all people to be saved” with the declaration that the saving gospel is all the work of God. There is one God, says Paul, and one Mediator, who sacrificed himself to ransom sinners. Because he is the “one God,” he is the God of every nation, tongue, and tribe—every soul. All must come to him for salvation. On top of this, the one God has one Mediator—“there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (v. 5). Jesus is the only go-between. Because he is both God and man, he fully represents both sides. The apex of God’s saving work is the blood ransom paid by the God-man Christ Jesus, “who gave himself as a ransom for all” (v. 6). So we see that everything in the gospel is of God; and the gospel can save any soul, anywhere, anytime. That is why Paul exultingly proclaims at the beginning of Romans, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16). For us, as we follow the flow of thought here in 1 Timothy 2, it means that we are: (1) to pray for the gospel’s outreach to all people, and (2) to live godly lives that promote the preaching of the gospel. From 2:8 to the end of the letter, Paul will now turn his attention to calling Timothy and his church to godly conduct for the sake of the gospel. He begins by addressing four groups in sequence: men, women, overseers, and deacons. (Gospel Transformation Study Bible)


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