The apostle Paul shares wisdom in 1 Timothy 2:1-4: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Universal salvation is not the determining will of God, by which He sovereignly rules the world. Instead Paul is saying here that the Savior God extends the offer of salvation to all. Christ died for the sins of all, but only those who believe receive the benefits of that sacrifice.


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