“Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1Timothy 2:6).

LIGHT FOR NOW: A man who knows the fact of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus but doesn’t believe in it is not saved.

Still in the line of our investigation to buttress the fact that salvation is not automatic for all/upon all even though the price has been paid for all, the above text is another text that can be misinterpreted to support the universality of salvation, that is, saying the whole world is saved. We have said that a man is not saved because Jesus died, was buried and he rose; a man is saved by faith in that death, burial and resurrection. What Jesus did is not effective in a man outside faith in what he did. Knowing that Jesus died, was buried and he rose from the death does not save you if that known fact is not believed. Yes, Jesus died, yes Jesus was buried, yes Jesus rose, but knowing these facts alone will not save anyone if unbelief is exercised in that known fact. The report of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus only saves by faith in that report. That said, our above key text makes it clear that Jesus gave himself a ransom for all. Now, that term “ransom for all” could be erroneously inferred, from the use of words here that the whole world is saved since Jesus gave himself a ransom for all. And that is what we want to clarify as the study advances by paying attention to key words that make up the text and subjecting it to contextual interpretation.

So, we will look at the use of words in this text to have a full comprehension of the text because thorough examination of these key words is important. The words in this text to be examined are the words below: Gave, for, all, ransom. The first word “gave” was translated from the Greek word “didomi” which implies to offer, make available, bestow, grant, give, deliver up or to commit. In the New Testament books of the bible (Matthew to Revelation), this word was used several times, let’s see other places this word was used. In James 1:17, he says “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus”. That word “given” here is the word didomi. Other places where didomi was used include Acts 5:31, Acts 15:5, Romans 5:5, etc. This word deals more with the attitude of the giver than the gift itself. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION:Get the unsaved to believe in the fact of redemption to be saved.

PRAYER: A desire and zeal to reach out to the lost with the gospel of Christ is ignited in me, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: Knowing and believing are not the same thing.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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