Monday, June 29, 2009

The Savior of All Men, Especially of Believers

Q - "Could you sometime in the future, when you get time write up some commentary for your FAQ page on 1Timothy 4:10? I have a friend struggling with God's Sovereign grace (Calvinism) and she asked me about this verse and I don't know how to put what I think into words. Your other FAQs have been amazingly helpful."

Pastor Jim responds-

"The controversy stems from the apparent contrast between God being the savior of 'all people' or 'all men' and the next clause that places emphasis on 'those who believe.' How is it that God can be the Savior of all men if Calvinistic soteriology is correct in asserting that Christ died exclusively for the elect? Doesn't this verse completely undermine that idea?"

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