4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
Four realities from these verses compel us to “make known the commanding claims of Christ here and everywhere.”
#1. God desires all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.
Not some. Not 90%. All.
Everyone you will come into contact with today.
Everyone in your family.
Everyone at your workplace.
You don’t have to wonder if God wants them to be saved. He does. He wants them to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.
#2. There is only ONE WAY to be saved and to be right with God.
There is only one Mediator between us and God: Jesus. There aren’t tons of ways to God. There aren’t even two. Just one. Knowing and believing in Jesus is the only way.
#3. Jesus gave Himself up for YOU & ME.
Because of our sin against God, there was a ransom for our souls. Had nothing been done by God Himself, we would – all of us – be doomed forever. But Jesus gave Himself up – as our ransom – for us all.
I don’t know of anyone who would not want to hear and delight in that. Do you?
#4. God has ordained that “all” hear this news via human mouths.
Paul was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher – why? For this reason (see #1, #2, and #3 above). A preacher and a teacher does what? Talks. Speaks. Instructs with their mouth.
God could have chosen other means to get this news to the world. But He didn’t. He chose your mouth and mine.
#1. God desires all to be saved.
#2. There’s only one way.
#3. Jesus gave Himself so that all could be saved.
#4. This news is to be made known through our mouths.
Who do you know that needs to hear this? God desires that they be saved. What’s preventing you from telling them? Seriously – what?