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Does 1 Timothy 4:10 mean all people are saved whether they believe in the Lord or not?

"We struggle and work hard, because we have placed our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all and especially of those who believe." (1 Tim. 4:10)

My question is the meaning of "...Savior of all and especially of those who believe."

Update:

Everyone said almost the same thing that Christ is the savior of all but not all will be saved. Everyone deserves BA. Thanks for clearing this up.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago
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    The forgiveness of God is available to all

    All can be saved

    Taken with the rest of scripture we know that not all WILL be saved, because they will choose not to be saved

    Yes Christ died once for all

    But like all gifts, it must be received

    If the gift is refused, then do not have it

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    • Sam
      Lv 7
      3 years agoReport

      Deserving has nothing to do with it. If God sent people to hell, then He is a bad abusive parent.

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  • 3 years ago

    Jesus died for the sins of all, everyone who lived, is living and who will live. Those who believe this

    will be with Him in heaven. Those who do not are

    not.

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  • Sam
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Some find this offensive but if there is a heaven and/or hell,

    everybody get into heaven. A loving God doesn't throw His children into a pit of fire for any reason.

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    I am a Christian,

    Look at that verse in this light. Policemen are here to protect and serve all citizens. The police will jail those who break the law. Christ is the Savior of all but He will allow those who do not obey Him to go to hellfire for an eternality.

    In Christ's name,

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  • 3 years ago

    “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.

    THE BLACK PHOENIX

    Washington, DC

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  • David
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    No, I would never make that argument. Salvation has been offered to all through Jesus Christ, but like the person offered a hand to climb into a lifeboat and refuses, it cannot save the one who doesn't want to be saved.

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    • David
      Lv 7
      3 years agoReport

      What does it mean that he is the Savior of all? His death and resurrection open a way for all people. He didn't need to be a separate Savior for the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, or any other groups.

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  • Terry
    Lv 5
    3 years ago

    That is a very good question...........I took a look at Strong's number and this is what it had to say in connection with the Greek word used here which is "pistos"

    Strong's Concordance

    pistos: faithful, reliable

    Original Word: πιστός, ή, όν

    Part of Speech: Adjective

    Transliteration: pistos

    Phonetic Spelling: (pis-tos')

    Short Definition: trustworthy, faithful, believing

    Definition: trustworthy, faithful, believing.

    So it has a sense of faithfulness and being trustworthy towards God . Here are some similar scriptures that will give a more rounded out idea of salvation:

    1 Tim 3: 3-4

    This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. NIV

    Also I think that 2 Thess 1: 6-9 shows something else to consider, where it says:

    But you who suffer tribulation will be given relief along with us at the revelation of the Lord Jesus+ from heaven with his powerful angels 8 in a flaming fire, as he brings vengeance on those who do not know God and those who do not obey the good news about our Lord Jesus. 9 These very ones will undergo the judicial punishment of everlasting destruction.

    So from the above verse in particular we see that those who DO NOT KNOW GOD, as well as those "who do not OBEY THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT CHRIST, will not be the ones who will be saved. So the Greek word "Pistos" would be better translated in contet as the following:

    "This is why we are working hard and exerting ourselves, because we have rested our hope on a living God, who is a Savior of all sorts of men, especially of faithful ones." 1 Tim 4:10 NWT

    This should help.

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    • Terry
      Lv 5
      3 years agoReport

      I don't think it is a contradiction, especially when you read in context with the other scriptures.....

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  • Ralph
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    The fact of the matter, all is conditionally, just like Adam an Eve condition was conditional because only if they obeyed God commandments and laws than they would be perfect and without sin. Same with this verse, it is conditional for God chosen only, and nobody knows who they are, because God judges are hearts, and mankind heart is wicked, that is why we need a Savior to save us from the wrath of God an are sins.

    Source(s): King James Holy Bible
    • jon pike
      Lv 7
      3 years agoReport

      I agree. That's why I'm asking what "Savior of all" means. It seems to contradict the gospel.

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  • 3 years ago

    It is true that Jesus died to atone for the sins of the world - for ALL sin, not just the sins of those who accept him. However, the Bible does not support the concept of "universal salvation." The Bible is clear that if we are to be saved we must first acknowledge that we are sinners before a holy and righteous God, we must repent and seek forgiveness and place our faith in what God, in Jesus Christ, did to provide the payment for sin.

    Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Those who reject Christ will not be able to stand before God and successfully plead their own case on their own merits. Unless we enter into the new covenant and can claim Jesus Christ as our mediator, we can never be viewed as righteous.

    The unbelievers in John 12:42-43 would not confess Christ because they were more concerned with their status among their peers than doing God’s will. These were the Pharisees whose love of position and the esteem of others blinded them, “for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.”

    Whatever the reasons why people reject Jesus Christ, their rejection has disastrous eternal consequences. “There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” than the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12), and those who reject Him, for whatever reason, face the eternal consequences of their decision.

    I think 1 Timothy 4:10 means that God offers salvation to all and saves all who come to him, but remember Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

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  • 3 years ago

    Somewhere in the same book says that "many are called but only a few are chosen". So, if both statements are true, a person who doesnt believe at all and is a hell of a sinner can actually be saved, also if theres someone who believes and doesnt sin also has the chance of not being chosen. That's the way it goes, it says that is a saviour of all, especially of those who believe, but among ALL of those who are called upon only a FEW will be chosen...

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