|1 Timothy 4:9-10 |
9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance.
10 Therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.2
2 We trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. (Mark! All men, not just all believers). All men are saved from death by Jesus. Jesus has tasted death for every man, Heb 2:9, not just "believers." Because the disobedience of one man led all men to condemnation; even so one man's act of righteousness exculpates (pronounces not guilty of offences) all men to right standing with God and eternal life. Rom 5:18. All men are eventually justified. All men are eventually saved. (Mark! All men, not just all believers). Jesus made it possible so that all men will be eventually saved: For God has sealed them all [men] in disobedience, that he might show mercy on all [men]. Rom 5:1. But all men must pass through the fire before being set to right standing with God, either: 1) the first fruits, at the conclusion of repentance on the inward cross, pass through the unquenchable fire of the Holy Spirit's baptism of death to the sinful nature, or 2) those dying in their sins, all must pass through the lake of fire, commonly called Hell. And God purposed that all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, having made peace by means of the blood of His cross.
Savior of all men, especially those who believe. To be a believer and saved on earth is far preferable to passing through Hell and eventually being reconciled and set to right standing with God. Why? 1) Because Hell is horribly painful and long, and 2) you live forever in a lower dimension, having passed through Hell, than if you receive salvation while on earth. See Is There Hope for All for details.