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For All People 1 Timothy 2:1-7. Paul urged Timothy to confront false teaching in Ephesus (1:3 ) False teachers were advocating some form of ‘elitism’ Salvation was reserved for or limited to some special group of people . Paul rejects this ‘elitism’ in his letter

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For All People

1 Timothy 2:1-7

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Paul urged Timothy to confront false teaching in Ephesus (1:3)

    • False teachers were advocating some form of ‘elitism’
      • Salvation was reserved for or limited to some special group of people
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Paul rejects this ‘elitism’ in his letter

    • It is utmost importance to pray for ‘all people’ (2:1)
      • Supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings
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Paul rejects this ‘elitism’ in his letter

    • It is utmost importance to pray for ‘all people’ (2:1)
    • Jesus gave himself as a ransom for ‘all’ (2:6)
    • Paul’s appointment as apostle to the Gentiles demonstrates that ‘all’ can be saved (2:7)
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A Challenging Exhortation

  • Paul’s exhortation is more challenging than it might first appear
    • It is not merely inclusive of Gentiles
      • Many in Ephesus were likely Gentiles
    • It also includes the necessity of praying for their rulers
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A Challenging Exhortation

  • Paul’s exhortation is more challenging than it might first appear
    • This means they were to pray for their pagan, Roman rulers
    • NB Nero was emperor at this time (c. AD 65)
      • He had already begun to mistreat Christians
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A Challenging Exhortation

  • Paul’s exhortation is more challenging than it might first appear
    • They were to pray for the salvation of their rulers (cf. 2:1,4)
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A Challenging Exhortation

  • Paul’s exhortation is more challenging than it might first appear
    • They were to conduct themselves in godly dignity (2:2)
      • Living ‘peacefully’
      • Pursuing godliness
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For All People

  • Paul wrote that this way of living pleases God because God desires “all people” to be saved (2:4)
    • The term ‘all people’ (pantasanthrōpous) refers to all types of people
      • Contrary to the elitists, God desires people of all types to be saved
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For All People

  • Paul wrote that this way of living pleases God because God desires “all people’ to be saved (2:4)
    • The term ‘all people’ (pantasanthrōpous) refers to all types of people
      • Contrary to what some might think, God desires rebellious people to repent
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For All People

  • Paul grounds his claim by noting there is one God (2:5)
    • There are not different gods for different people
    • All people groups are equal before God
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For All People

  • Paul also notes there is one mediator, Jesus Christ (2:5)
    • This reinforces the oneness of mankind
    • All people are in need of forgiveness through Jesus’ atoning work
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For All People

  • Paul also notes there is one mediator, Jesus Christ (2:5)
    • Jesus is able to ‘mediate’ between God and man because he truly God and truly man (cf. 1:2; 2:5)
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For All People

  • We too should recognize that God values ‘all people’
    • Pray for all people
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For All People

  • We too should be praying for our ‘rulers’
    • Wisdom to rule well
    • Salvation for those in rebellion
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