Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 

 Although God is all-powerful and all knowing, he has chosen to let us help him change the world through our prayers.  How this works is a mystery to us because of our limited understanding, but it is a reality.  Paul based his instruction about prayer for everyone on his conviction that God’s invitation for salvation extends equally to all people.  The word everyone captures the nature of the gospel.  The world that God loves includes every person (John 3:16).  He loves us as individuals whom he knows intimately (Psalm 139:13-18).  Paul urges us to pray for everyone.  Our earnest prayers will have powerful results (James 5:16)

2:2 Says we should pray for those in authority around the world so that their societies will be conducive to the spread of the gospel.  Paul’s command to pray for kings is remarkable considering that Nero, a notoriously cruel ruler, was emperor at this time (A.D. 54-68).  When Paul wrote this letter, persecution was a growing threat to believers.  Later, when Nero needed a scapegoat for the great fire that destroyed much of Rome in A.D 64, he blamed the Roman Christians so as to take the focus off himself.  Then persecution erupted throughout the Roman Empire.  Not only were Christians denied certain privileges in society; some were even publicly butchered, burned, or fed to animals.

2:4 Both Peter and Paul said that God wants all to be saved (see 2 Peter 3:9).  This does not mean that all will be saved, because the Bible makes it clear that many reject Christ (Matthew 25:31-46: John 12:44-50; Hebrews 10:26-29).

Lets Bring it Home: The gospel message has a universal scope; it is not directed only to people of one race, one sex, or one national background.  God loves the whole world and sent his Son to save sinners.  No one is outside God’s mercy or beyond the reach of his offer of salvation.

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