I Tim 4:10 He is the Savior of (all men)(especially them that believe.)
His Achievement Are We
BELIEVING THE EVANGEL
THE MESSAGE of Christ crucified was a snare to the Jews (1 Cor.1: 23). It by no means met their approval that God’s Anointed should fail to remove the Roman yoke of bondage which lay so heavily upon the people. And that He should suffer and die, stumbled them altogether (1 Peter 2:8). To the Greeks, in their perpetual quest for “wisdom” and fondness of intellectual splendor, the heralding of Christ crucified was extremely stupid (1 Cor.1:23). For to them our Lord was merely a dead man hanging on a cross. He was not what men expected the Christ to be. Such a One as He was not acceptable to them, for He did not meet their preconceived standards.
A HOLY CALLING
How wonderful it is to know that God saves us and calls us with a holy calling, a calling which is to be distinguished from others in which requirements are a factor, for we are saved and called not in accord with our acts, but in accord with His own purpose and the grace which is given to us in Christ Jesus before times eonian (2 Tim.1:9). What good news this is!
ABRAHAM, FATHER OF US ALL
Abraham is the father of us all in this very respect: God had already chosen Abraham before He made Himself known to him, and had already decided as well just what He would do for him and through him. He informed him of His plans: “A father of many nations have I appointed you” (Rom.4:17; Gen.17:5); “Thus shall be your seed” (Rom.4:18; Gen.15:5); “At this season I shall come ‘and there will be for Sarah a son’” (Rom.9:9; Gen. 18:10).
THE EVANGEL OF THE CIRCUMCISION
In the evangel of the Circumcision (Gal.2:7), in itself, the privilege of life in the terrestrial kingdom in the coming eon is a reward for obedience, and God is a Rewarder therein. It is not a gracious gift, or an unmerited provision. While it is quite true that the obedience of the elect in Christ under the evangel of the Circumcision is due solely to the grace of God, that is another matter.
REQUIREMENT, REQUITAL AND REWARD
We need to understand just what it is that constitutes one a merchant, employer or rewarder. Then, if we should find that God exhibits these characteristics with respect to our salvation in Christ, we should freely acknowledge that He is such a one, and not a dispenser of gracious gratuities.
FAITH MAKES THE EVANGEL KNOWN
Therefore, it is not at all proper to attempt to represent God in our salvation even as a man who presents a gift (such as a valuable watch) to an associate for his acceptance. In this example it is only true merely in the nature of the case that if the man would enjoy his benefactor’s gift he must accept it. For the benefactor does not at all require the man to accept it, nor does he promise to kill him if he should fail to do so! And yet it is insisted that God does require our acceptance of His supposed offer, and that He will at least kill us for a time, if not torment us in fire for all eternity, if we should fail to accept it.
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