From: Bill Steidtmann
1 Tim 2:1-8 (KJV):
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
In the classic story "The Ransom of Red Chief", a little boy is kidnapped and the ransom demanded. The parents, knowing how bad little Red Chief could be, knew it was only a matter of time before he drove the kidnappers insane with his mischievous behavior. In the end the kidnappers paid the parents just to take the whippersnapper off their hands. It's good to know that God doesn't work this way, because death cannot be driven crazy no matter how many it takes captive, or how long it holds them. It is an amazing fact that: Rom 5:8b (KJV) "...while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us". A wise Calvinist once said: "If you can prove that Christ died for everyone, you can prove that everyone will be saved." He knew that to pay the price, and then not get what you paid for, would mean that Christ had, in part, died in vain. But the Bible lets us know that Christ did not, even in part, die in vain: Isa 53:11 (KJV) "He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities." 1 Tim 2:6, shown above within a remarkable structure (the entire Bible is structured!), tells us how many had their iniquities borne: "Who gave himself a ransom for all..." Unbelief grabs hold of the word "many" in Isa 53:11 and assumes that it means "some but not all", just like unbelief does in Rom 5:15b (KJV) "...For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many." In the phrase "many be dead" the many is all, because Adam brings death to all. And the gift of life by the grace of God is "much more", not much less, than Adam's gift of death. Neither Adam's work, nor Satan's work, of bringing death to the entire human race, is greater than Christ's work of bringing life to all. Red Chief and his entire race have been ransomed. This fact will be testified in due time, when all men are saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth.