Summary: Personal Encounter with Jesus
TEXT: I Tim. 2:4-6
1. Paul introduces his first epistle to Timothy by stating his election as an apostle of Jesus Christ “which is our hope” (I Tim. 1:1).
A. Paul uses this word (elpis) at least 37 times in his writings.
B. Perschbacher, in his THE NEW ANALYTICAL GREEK LEXICON, defines the word translated “hope” here as a “trust, or confidence.”
C. Why was Paul able to put all his “trust” and “confidence” in the “Lord Jesus Christ”?
2. Jesus truly offers something to put our trust and hope in.
A. There is salvation in no other name (Acts 4:12).
B. The great name that distinguishes Jesus is the title of Son (Heb. 1:5).
C. Jesus is unique in that he is at once both the “Son of God,” and the “Son of man.”
3. Job, centuries before Jesus, looked for a “days-man” who could act as an arbitrary intermediate between man and God, and act as an umpire who could understand both the perspective of Jehovah, and man.
A. For so many years the world laid in darkness until the “Sun of righteousness” would “arise with healing in his wings” (Mal. 4:2).
B. Long did the world wait for the “child” to be given whose name would be; “Wonderful, Counselor, and mighty God; Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6).
C. Long did the world cry out for “Peace, peace; when there is no peace” (Jer. 6:14).
4. Consider the New Testament concept of peace.
A. “The New Testament writers took their idea of peace from the Greek translation of the Old Testament. There the Greek word eirene was the regular translation of the Hebrew shalom and it picked up something of the meaning of that Hebrew term. Now shalom is not a negative term at all. It has a positive meaning. It denotes not the absence of war or strife or anything, but the presence of something. It means the presence of God’s rich and full blessing. We may see this in the way the word was used as the normal greeting, shalom lekha, ‘Peace to you’. When one Hebrew was walking down the street and said to another Hebrew shalom lekha, ‘Peace to you’, he did not mean, ‘I hope you don’t get into a fight.’ He meant, ‘I trust that God’s rich blessing will rest on you in all its fullness’; ‘I wish you prosperity in the fullest sense’ (Morris. P. 141-142).
B. Man did not seek peace because he was willing, but in his rebellion, and disregard for his own soul, man pushed God aside.
C. God reached out and fixed the problem of sin!
I. UNIVERSAL CALLING (I TIM. 2:4).
A. The scope of the call (“all men”).
1. (The scope of the call is) Implied in creation (Sovereignty of God over his best creation).
a. After God created man, we see for the first time in Genesis 2:4 God being referred to as Jehovah.
b. God in the vastness of eternity felt compelled to create man (his resplendent achievement) and in creating man designed within him the capacity to love and serve Him as sovereign Lord.