Jul 21, 2010

1 Timothy 4:10 - William Styles

“God is the Saviour of all men, especially of those that believe” (1 Tim. 4:10); by which we are to understand not Christ, but the Father, as the Governor of the universe, in which capacity He exercises a general providence over mankind, and a special one over His people, and thus even false teachers who pervert and deny the truths of the Gospel, have their forfeited lives, spared with much long suffering for many years, and enjoy the benefits of the mercy they abuse; and when sickness and danger bring them near to destruction, are again and again ‘bought’ or ‘redeemed’ from the jaws of destruction by the power of the God they deny. But in their case, the redemption is by power, not by blood, and is only a postponement, for wise purposes, of the doom that awaits them. Thus in these particulars, they answer to the ignoble types presented in the history of the darkest age of God’s ancient people.”—Abridged from an article in The Gospel Herald for 1876, by G.W. Shepherd.

For fuller information, the reader may consult The Cause of God and Truth, by John Gill, D.D. Two papers in the Gospel Herald for 1874, by the writer, may prove helpful.—Epistles to Theophilus, by James Wells, Nos. 1, 2. and 3.

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