(4) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.--Here St. Paul gives some explanation of his exhortation, that "the congregation should pray for all men." Our prayers after all--for those far off, as well as for those near--will be in strict harmony with the will of God.
Is it God's will that all people be saved? "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:3-4). "The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance" ; (2 Pet. 3:9).
Can God genuinely will that all be saved (1), and yet only choose to save only some, the elect (2)? Is it even logical to hold that God can at the same time will salvation for all (1), and not will salvation for all (2)? If (1) and (2) are true, is God schizophrenic or confused? (1 Corinthians 14:33)
So it’s time for the return of Game of Thrones Hope Chest, the weekly poll where we put all of our hopes together in one place. ... including can she be saved, and should she be?
People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 2:4. 1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved. The Scriptures uniformly represent it as the divine will that all should come to life. But he does not will to save men irrespective of the conditions of salvation. They must, in order to be saved, come unto a knowledge of the truth.
Put two texts together, and see what you see. “God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (eis epignōsin alētheias)” (1 Timothy 2:4). “God may perhaps grant them repentance leading…
But He bears patiently with you, His desire being that no one should perish but that all should come to repentance. World English Bible The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but is patient with us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ... who desires all men to be saved and ...
On close inspection it should be apparent that passages which declare "God's desire for all to be saved" is the same kind of desire in God as His desire that I would be more kind and gentle toward my wife or that all men would obey His commands. Notice in the Ezekiel passage above it speaks of God's desire that people turn from their evil way.
1 Timothy 2:4 New International Version (NIV). 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Universalists teach that all people will eventually be saved through the atonement of Jesus. They maintain that the Bible teaches that God wants all men to be saved, therefore, all men will be saved. In this, they deny the eternal nature of hell as conscious punishment of the lost.