Light Bulbs and Lenses #3

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalm 119:130 KJV).

Light… bright… lenses… sight!

A most liberating, enlightening Bible passage is 1 Timothy 2:3-7: “[3] For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; [4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. [5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; [6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. [7] Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not; ) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.” It briefly introduces the two most important issues in the world and it closes with details.

God has a “will” or desire (verse 3). Today, billions of precious people—Christians and non-Christians alike—wonder what they should believe and do. If they could come to realize God’s wishes, life would be a whole lot simpler for them. Whatever He wants accomplished, if they would agree with Him and do what He is doing, then they would know what to believe and know what to do. They do not have to stay in spiritual darkness unless that is their preference.

The above passage stresses two major issues—“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (verse 4). There is the issue of salvation, and there is the issue of coming unto the knowledge of the truth. What do these mean exactly? Saved from what? The knowledge of the truth about what? Friends, we are not left to wonder. If we look closely at the succeeding verses, we see they actually form sub-points to verse 4.

Notice again: “[5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; [6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. [7] Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not; ) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.” Herein are the light bulbs and lenses….