I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and givings of thanks, be made for all men: for kings and all who are in high places; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who desires all people to be saved and come to full knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all; the testimony in its own times; (1 Timothy 2:1-6 World English Bible)
The one thing that Jesus taught His disciples, which we all need to heed, is He is glorified when we bear fruit in our lives that reflect His nature. If we are not doing this, then something is amiss.
[This is strong language by Adam Clarke. He is effectively saying that the likes of John Calvin and those who believe in the doctrine of double predestination do not know Jesus Christ]
- the natural and obvious interpretation of the language is opposed to such a sense. The language expresses the desire that “all men” should be saved, and we should not depart from the obvious sense of a passage unless necessity requires it.
- prayer and thanksgiving 1 Timothy 2:1 are directed to be offered, not for some of all ranks and conditions, but for all mankind. No exception is made, and no direction is given that we should exclude any of the race from the expressions of our sympathy, and from an interest in our supplications. The reason given here for that prayer is, that God desires that all people should be saved. But how could this be a reason for praying for all, if it means that God desired only the salvation of some of all ranks?
- in 1 Timothy 2:5-6 the apostle gives reasons showing that God wished the salvation of all people, and those reasons are such as to prove that the language here is to be taken in the most unlimited sense. Those reasons are:
- (a) that there is one God over all, and one Mediator between God and people - showing that God is the Father of all, and has the same interest in all; and,
- (b) that Christ gave himself a ransom for all - showing that God desired their salvation.
Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges
that salvation is provided for all - for if God wished all people to be saved, he would undoubtedly make provision for their salvation; and if he had not made such provision, it could not be said that he desired their salvation, since no one can doubt that he has power to provide for the salvation of all;
- that salvation should be offered to all people - for if God desires it, it is right for his ministers to announce that desire, and if he desires it, it is not proper for them to announce anything contrary to this;
- that people are to blame if they are not saved.
- If God did not wish their salvation, and if he had made no provision for it, they could not be to blame if they rejected the gospel. If God wishes it, and has made provision for it, and they are not saved, the sin must be their own - and it is a great sin, for there is no greater crime which a man can commit than to destroy his own soul, and to make himself the eternal enemy of his Maker.
What The Spirit Of God Says
This is what the Bible says regarding about those who deny the truth.
But the Spirit says expressly that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, through the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron; …..This saying is faithful and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we have set our trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. (I Timothy 4:1-2,9-10 World English Bible)Jesus is the Savior of all men, providing they are willing to accept the salvation that is on offer. As for those who do not believe, they do not recognize that Jesus is the Savior. They will though when they are judged.
It is certain that all those to whom the gospel is addressed are invited to the hope of eternal life. In short, as the calling is a proof of the secret election, so they whom God makes [no freewill involved] partakers of his gospel are admitted by him to possess salvation [this is unconditional election]; because the "gospel reveals to us the righteousness of God", which is a sure entrance into life.
Doctrine of Double Predestination
The doctrine of double predestination is some were predestined (chosen) before Creation for the secret election and the rest were predestined before Creation for perdition (eternal torment). Contrary to the good news of the Gospel, according to Calvin, freewill does not exist and the reference to "all to be saved" is not a reference to everybody, as being individuals who are individually responsible for their own response to the Gospel.
The issue about Jesus' death applying to everyone is seen in the fact that Jesus went into the prison where those who rejected Him in the days of Noah were kept. Jesus went into Hell and preached to them by virtue of the fact that He is the Light that shines in the darkness and thereby judges the world including those consigned to darkness. Once Jesus had been taken to Hell at His death and demonstrated He was (and is) the Son of God, by virtue of His Spirit of Holiness and indestructible power, those confined to eternal darkness were made alive when the realized what they had really done. When they rejected Noah's message of salvation, they had rejected the Savior of the World and, from the moment of their realization of this truth, the worm of their decision has begun to eternally torment them.
Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which he also went and preached to the spirits in prison, who before were disobedient, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, while the ship was being built.... For to this end the Good News was preached even to the dead, that they might be judged indeed as men in the flesh, but live as to God in the spirit. (1 Peter 3:18-20; 4:6)False Teachers Beware
As it is God's will for all men to be saved and, to this end, we are to pray for all men. Therefore, I pray that Robert C. Sproul, John MacArthur, James White and John Piper will repent of their heresy and sin, acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and be saved, so they can come to the knowledge of the truth, just as Martyn Lloyd Jones (Joy Unspeakable) recanted of the error of his ways .