“Jon Pike”, the language of the Bible is best understood when we acknowledge the context and setting for what is written. What confuses and surprises those who lack “sacred knowledge” imparted by the Scriptures is that the setting for the terms used within a text is not only the specific verse (line or phrase) and passage (paragraph) where it is found. The setting also is within the entire group of verses and passages that appear throughout the entire collection of sacred books (i.e., Genesis to Revelation). The difficulty of the pattern appearing in 1st Timothy for the use of the adjective “all” also appears with the phrases “all men” and “all Israel.” In some instances “all” will mean everybody or everyone. In other instances, “all” is to be applied only on condition (i.e., in accordance with previously mentioned events, operations, etc.). Thus, a remnant and representative portion fulfills the prophecies for all Israel; and “all” may mean “people from every class, and at all levels” or “all mankind.” Mature believers trust that they have made the correct application when the balance, consistency, order, and stability in their ongoing “sacred knowledge” and practice are affirmed, edified, and reinforced. Consider again the following:
(1.) 1st Timothy 2: 3-5, King James Version (KJV): 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
(2.) Mark 1: 35-37, KJV: 35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. 36 And Simon and they that were with him followed after him. 37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.
(3.) Romans 10: , KJV: 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
(4.) Mark 13: 12-14, KJV: 12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. 13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
(5.) John 12: 31-33, KJV: 31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
(6.) Romans 5: 17-19, KJV: 17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (7.) 2nd Thessalonians 3: 1-3, KJV: 3 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.
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