Illustration by Katherine Brown
Saviour of All Men?
by Pastor Ricky Kurth
“How is Christ the Savior of all men, specially of them that believe?”
“…the living God…is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe” (1 Timothy 4:10).
“…the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14), but “it pleased God…to save them that believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21). So God is the potential Savior of all, and the particular Savior of all that believe. Righteousness is offered “unto all,” but it only comes “upon all them that believe” (Romans 3:22).
But in the context of 1 Timothy 4:10, it is possible Paul had even more than this in mind. In Verse 16, he told Timothy:
“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.”
Since Timothy was already saved from his sins, Paul must be saying he could save himself and his hearers from all the misery and heartache that not taking heed to Pauline doctrine always brings. Unsaved men can benefit from this kind of salvation as well.
Remember, a few verses earlier, Paul told believers that “godliness is profitable… having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (v. 8). Every believer knows that living a godly life will yield the profit of rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ in the life to come. But godliness also profits richly in this life as well. Berean Bible Society founder Pastor C. R. Stam used to say that if he died and found out that Christianity was all a lie, that there was no life after death or rewards in the life to come, he wouldn’t regret a moment of the life he had lived, for it is the richest, most rewarding and satisfying life that can be lived.
But even unbelievers know by experience that “the way of transgressors is hard” (Proverbs 13:15), and that “virtue is its own reward.” So Christ can save them from misery and heartache as well, as they inadvertently take heed to “the doctrine that is according to godliness” (1 Timothy 6:3).
And so, just as the sun and the rain that God gives all men can save unsaved men from the deprivation they would know without these things in life (Matthew 5:45; Acts 17:17), adhering to Christian principles can save unsaved men from misery and heartache in life. That makes God “the Savior of all men,” but specially of them that believe, for them that believe will also be saved from an eternity in the lake of fire in the life which is to come.
FURTHER READING SUPPLIED BY A CROOKED PATH:
A Good Minister of Jesus Christ
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach.
1 Timothy 4:6-11 — King James Version Holy Bible
Be God-Work Bondslave of Christ
these things be putting in Remembrance to the Brethren, you shall be a God-Work Servant of Jesus Christ, being Made Respected for the Spiritual Communications of Faith, and The God-Work Doctrine to which you are Now Following Along. But you Must Be Refusing profane and old wives fables, and you must be Exercising yourself to Godliness. Because bodily exercise is for little, but Godliness is Profitable for Everyone, Being Profitable Having by your choice Promise of Life Now, and also of that Expected. This is a Faithful Spiritual Communication and Worthy of All Acceptance.
Therein for this we are both Laboring by our choice and Made Scolded Sharply, because we Expect in the Living God, Who is the Savior of all men, Specifically the Faithful. these things you Must Be Giving Command by your choice, and you Must Be Teaching.
1 Timothy 4:6-11 — The Pure Word Greek to English translation