God’s Deepest Desire

There are many things we can say about God and how magnificent he is. He is the Creator of the vast universe that the James Webb telescope continues to reveal in power and majesty.

God is the author of perfect ethics and morality, which directs humans to the best life possible.

Paul captured the greatest aspect of God’s nature when he preached the gospel message.

About God’s love he wrote, “This is right and acceptable before God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2.3-4).

Think about it for a moment. When God judges what is right and acceptable, he states his desire is for people to be saved from self-will and rebellion.

He wants humans to know the truth about life, so they can live the full life he intended for them.

The Mediator

Not only does God want us to be saved and knowledgeable about right living, he provides a mediator to make it possible.

What is a mediator? Imagine Jesus suspended between heaven and earth reaching out his hands to the Father and praying, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23.34).

That is one side of his mediation. The other is toward humans.

Jesus’ death and resurrection, plus the gift of the Holy Spirit, appeal to us to accept “the free gift of life through Jesus” (Romans 6.23).

Paul knew Jesus to be the Mediator between God and humankind:

For there is one God;
there is also one mediator between God and humankind,
Christ Jesus, himself human,
who gave himself a ransom for all. (1 Timothy 2.5-6)

When Jesus described his ministry he said, “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10.45).

A ransom is a payment made to purchase a slave. Slaves to sin were purchased with the death of Jesus, so he could set us free to new life.

To paraphrase Paul, There is one God for all people, who provided salvation for all people. Christ’s coming was God’s testimony to his intention to save all people.

The Town Crier

A few centuries before the Internet, television, and the radio, a town crier would walk the streets of the city and announce the news of the day.

When we recognize the magnificent character and love of God, we will be compelled to act like a town crier. We will tell everyone of God’s love.

Paul couldn’t resist telling people about the glories of God. He said, “For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth; I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth” (1 Timothy 2.7).

As a herald or town crier and an apostle (literally, a sent one), he faithfully and honestly taught the glorious message of God’s love.

Can we do any less than follow Paul’s example?

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about this passage today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

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