From God to Man

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3 Reasons to Pray for the salvation of all men.

I. One God

1 Timothy 2:5 NASB95
5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

A. The Only God

This might not seem like a reason, but if there are multiple gods then why pray? If all gods are equally valid, the muslim god will save the muslim, the mormon god will save the mormons, the modern Jewish god will save all descendants of Abraham, the hindi gods will save the hindus, and the god of the universalists will save everyone, then why pray at all for the salvation of anyone? But if there is only one true God who can save mankind from their sins, then we have motivation to pray to that God.
Acts 17:28 (NASB95)
28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’

B. The Only Mediator

Job 9:32–33 NASB95
32 “For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together. 33 “There is no umpire between us, Who may lay his hand upon us both.
John 14:6 NASB95
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Hebrews 12:24 NASB95
24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
Hebrews 8:6 NASB95
6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

II. One Purpose

1 Timothy 2:6 NASB95
6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.
Mark 10:45 NASB95
45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Ransom - not just to buy us back, to take our place by exchanging Himself for us.
Like a Terrorist who kidnaps someone for ransom. Instead of paying the price in money, Jesus paid it by taking our place. He became the hostage and set us free.
Testimony - of God’s desire to save mankind just as it had been prophesied throughout the OT.

III. One Mission

1 Timothy 2:7 NASB95
7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
This gospel preaching venture to the gentiles is another proof of God’s desire. Why else would God send him and why else would Paul dedicate his life to it?
Romans 3:29–30 NASB95
29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since indeed God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith is one.
faith - the body of truth from God
truth - sincerity
The Lost Agony For Souls
By H. C. Van Wormer
George Whitefield cried, “Give me souls, or take my soul....  There is a passion for souls, a depth of burden for men, a care for the flock of God that beggars words and sighs and tears.”
An old saint before the days of auto­mobiles said that he quit his work in the middle of the afternoon, hitched up his horse and drove twenty miles to pray with a man whom he felt was drifting from God.  Listen to him:  “I could scarcely help it, my love and concern for him was so great I could not rest until I had done my best to bring him to God.”  Beloved, this agony for souls is what we must recover!
David Brainerd said, “I care not where I go or how I live or what I endure so that I may save souls.  When I sleep, I dream of them; when I awake, they are first in my thoughts....  No amount of scholastic attainment, of able and profound exposition, of brilliant and stirring eloquence can atone for the absence of a deep, impassioned, sympathetic love of human souls.”
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