The Reality of Truth
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”
1 Timothy 2:3-4.
God’s universal love for mankind is nowhere proclaimed more strongly than it is in this passage that Paul writes to the young preacher Timothy. The context is in the instruction to pray for all men.
One of the key words is "desires", indicating a strong feeling but not an absolute reality. Paul does not say that all people are going to be saved but that God desires that they all be saved.
For all to come to a knowledge of the truth is another of God’s strong desires. This statement automatically assumes that there is a body of knowledge called truth and that all people can reach an understanding of it. Based on this statement, we can never justify saying that each person can interpret the Bible in his own way and still please God.
"Thought for the Week - 07/20/2014" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.