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God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved

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"1Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" (1 Timothy 2)

Here we have one of the clearest passages in the Bible, for the Universal Death for the Salvation of the entire human race. This is known as "pontential" salvation.

In every instance in this passage, the word "ALL", refers, not, as some teach, to just an "elect" few, but the whole human race. The "ALL men", here include "ALL those in authority", as kings and other leaders. There is no restriction here that this is limited to only a few leaders, but ALL. Then Paul informs us, that it is "good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior", that we pray for this, because God, "DESIRES" the salvation of ALL MEN, those ALL mentioned earlier. Further, we read that Jesus Christ is the "Mediator between God and men,", that is, the ALL MEN in this passage, the human race. It then says that Jesus Christ, "gave Himself a ransom for all", the same ALL in this entire passage.

No honest, Bible-believing Christian can take these words in any other way, unless for theological bias, than for what it very plainly says, that God desires (wills) that the whole human race were saved. This is exactly what the Apostle John says in his Gospel, 3:16.

This is the heart of the God of the Holy Bible. Yet there are some who oppose this.
 

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It is helpfull if one looks at every reference before formulating ones theology.

Yes God desires that All men be saved, but it is clear fron scripture that Not all men will be saved.

So there is a question.

Is God not in control of who is saved?

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How do you account for the verses that say that God chose those who would be saved.
'For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. ' Eph 1:4
 

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Jesus did die that all who will believe in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. It is we who are in Christ and He in us that pray the prayers of supplication as we intercede for humankind that have turned from God, as we give thanks to God for the finished works of His only begotten Son Christ Jesus who made atonement once and for all that our sins can be forgiven if we would in all humility humble ourselves before Him.

'For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. ' Eph 1:4

Notice this verse says before the creation of the world. God had in mind when He created humankind that they would be holy and blameless before Him. God created man for His good pleasure, but man falling to temptation have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of the Lord. Many will return back to Him, but many will also reject Him that will not have eternal life with Him.
 
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It is helpfull if one looks at every reference before formulating ones theology.

How do you account for the verses that say that God chose those who would be saved.
'For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. ' Eph 1:4
The same way that you account for verses showing Jesus urging people who are already chosen before creation, to come to a place of Spiritual discovery and have a revelation of Himself .
How do you account for Jesus challenging the already saved to become saved ?
There answer is that there is no accounting for it from our perspective .
The mind of God is not our mind , and His ways are not our ways , despite the insistence of some that they have God completely figured out .
It is akin to ants on the ground supposing they know what a human is up to .
 
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