søndag 8. januar 2017

What is so special with the believers?

Believers are simply ordinary human beings. In many ways the only thing that distinguish them from nonbelievers, is the fact that they believe. Their faith will influence their values etc., but it is the salvation that is the core of their faith and the “trustworthy saying” they proclaim.
Because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, and especially of those who believe.
1 Tim 4:10b 
Today’s verse, which Timothy is challenged to “command and teach” (1), does once again proclaim that God is “the Saviour of all people”. There should be no doubt that salvation is for all.

So what did Paul mean with “especially of those who believe”?

It is because it is the faith that makes the salvation valid. When Jesus spoke about “the bread from heaven”, he encouraged his listeners to for “food that endures to eternal life”. They immediately response was a question: “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus’ answer was simply:

“The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
John 6:29
It is interesting that Jesus turns faith into “work”. This has been a growing understanding of my personal conception of faith. Faith is acting as if that which is written, is true. When the Bible says that I am saved through the saving acts of Jesus for all people, I act and “command and teach” accordingly.

‘Manna’ for today:

God is the Saviour of all people
(1) 1 Tim 4:11

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