All Men

There should never be a limitation a Christian’s scope of concern for people, but our passage of the day doesn’t fail to give us specifics.

“All Men”

 1 Timothy 2:1-6

  • Today, an exhortation that…
  • Supplications
  • Prayers
  • Intercessions
  • And giving of thanks
  • Be made
  • For all men: that’s all people – generically, all human individuals
  • You may recognize the verse
  • It may sound rather broad
  • Must I really pray for everyone?
  • We’ll give the passage a closer look and provide context today
  • “All Men” is our theme, from 1 Timothy 2:1-6
  • Let’s talk about what this passage does before we begin
  • It helps us to understand that our concerns for others should be broad
  • Never overlooking, or not without concentration on, the individual
  • But also with a concern beyond those we know and interact with every day
  • There is never a limitation on our scope of concern
  • But this passage doesn’t fail to get specific
  • It lets us know that we should concentrate efforts (often) in certain areas
  • But also never forget our worldwide, unlimited mission
  • Let’s begin as Paul comes alongside Timothy and says…

1 Timothy 2:1

1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

  • We begin with this picture of coming alongside (exhortation)
  • And this command to be a person of prayer and intercession for others
  • That requires concern and thought for others
  • It means not concentrating on self
  • It is about thankfulness and gratitude for “all men”
  • It is also about having a broad concern – a global concern – for people
  • The definition of these words matter…
  • Supplications means seeking, asking, entreaty to God or to man
  • Prayers are an address to God
  • Intercessions are a petition (on someone else’s behalf)
  • Giving of thanks is the same as our English definition, just thankfulness
  • They are to be made…
  • For all men, that’s all people – generically, all human individuals
  • How should we care for every person?
  • Asking God for something on their behalf
  • Addressing God directly for them and about them
  • Knowing what they need and asking for it
  • Giving thanks for them, having gratitude towards them
  • This is broad for a reason, but it gets more specific…

1 Timothy 2:2-3

2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

  • We begin with supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks for the highest of authorities in our society
  • While we do not have a king, we have those elected by citizens in the United States (and our island) to have responsibility and to have authority – or oversight of the authorities in our society
  • Our government is of the people, by the people, and for the people, but we elect and grant authority (through our system) to elected officials
  • So we begin with these concerns and consequential supplications for these authorities
  • This is supplication, prayer, intercession, and giving of thanks for those we appreciate and like, but also for those we disagree with and have much less appreciation for
  • There are no ideological tests here, only tests of position
  • Are they in authority?
  • Then they must receive the same level of care from us
  • This is so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life
  • In all godliness and honesty
  • We can sleep at night knowing we have shown genuine concern for every leader
  • We know, if we obey this, that we are not in rebellion against God-ordained authorities
  • This, obviously, doesn’t mean constant agreement – or even the lack of conflict over public policy issues of the day – for we as citizens have responsibility to (according to our own conscience) speak up and be involved
  • But we must also show serious activity in seeking God on behalf of those leaders
  • If we do this – it is good and acceptable to God
  • While it may not be popular in party politics or among those who insist we must show antipathy to leaders we disagree with; it is Godly and right
  • What is God’s desire?
  • God…

1 Timothy 2:4

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

  • Why is it the case that we should have an active level of concern for all men?
  • Because God’s desire is that all men would be saved
  • His desire is that everyone should come to the knowledge of the truth
  • His desire is not that we would have anger and resentment toward some in leadership – who may truly be doing wrong (evil) things – but that we should have the opportunity through our supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks – to reach them
  • This is not only about the world we see today, but the world to come
  • There is more – far beyond this world and our daily struggles with society and its issues
  • We ought to have the same desire as God

1 Timothy 2:5-6

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

  • There is a theological understanding that is foundational to this command
  • It is because of Jesus and the free gift of salvation
  • No man has another option
  • Worldwide, men are lost without Christ
  • We must be concerned with proclaiming His name
  • And making certain they understand what the Bible explains
  • This is the truth
  • Men need access to it
  • So our vision should be global
  • Because we have experienced the joy, relief, and fulfillment of salvation ourselves
  • But also because we have a commission
  • It is a worldwide commission
  • Teaching all that Jesus commands to all creatures, making disciples
  • Now, all of the work does not fall on our shoulders, personally
  • But a responsibility of love toward our fellow man certainly does
  • And however we may support this mission
  • In body or in spirit
  • We must do
  • Our burden of care is great
  • But it is also a great blessing!
  • And anyone who has had a part in Great Commission ministry knows its blessing
  • Whether it is personal ministry or partnership in personal ministry elsewhere
  • All are among the greatest privileges in life
  • And we rejoice close-up or long-distance in all that is done for eternity
  • And for Christ!

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