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Bullinger on God’s will for the salvation of all men: 1 Timothy 2:4

September 2, 2007

1) Our God is the God of all men and nations, who according to the saying of the apostle, “would have al men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth[1 Tim 2:4]:” and therefore has he, for the benefit, life, and salvation of all men, revealed in his word, that so indeed there might be a rule and a certain way to lead men by this path of justice into life everlasting. Decades, 1st Decade, Sermon 2, vol 1, p.,57.

2) Dearly beloved, this hour you have heard our bountiful Lord and God, “who would have all men saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth,” how he has revealed his word to all men throughout the whole world, to the intent that all men in all places, of what kind [Lat: sexus], age, or degree soever they be, may know the truth, and be instructed in the true salvation; and may learn a perfect way how to live rightly, well, and holily, so that the man of God may be perfect, instructed to all good works. Decades, 1st Decade, Sermon 2, vol 1, p.,69.

3) Wherefore our Lord Jesus Christ, being both God and man, was a fit Mediator for both parties. Which thing the apostle witnessing saith: “One God, and one Mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself the price of redemption for all [1 Tim 2:5,6.] Decades, 1st Decade, Sermon 7, vol 1, p., 131.

4) Whereupon we do necessarily gather, that only Christ is the mediator or intercessor with the Father. For principally Christ may se himself in the midst between God and men, because he only is partaker of both natures. The saints participate but only one; for they are men; but Christ is both God and man. Furthermore, he that is an intercessor must also be a reconciliator, or an atonement-maker. For the end, whereat he maketh intercession doth shoot at reconciliation. But Christ is the only reconciliator of men, therefore, also the only intercessor. For it belongeth to an intercessor to dissolve the cause of contention and discord, that is to say, to abolish and take away sin. But Christ alone, and no creature taketh away sin. It remaineth therefore that Christ is the only intercessor. Hithertoo do now pertain the testimonies of Scripture. Paul saith: “There is one God, and one reconciler (or mediator) of God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself the price (or ransom) for the redemption of all [1 Tim 2.]. And although the apostle speak expressly of redemption, yet notwithstanding these words are placed in the midst between the disputation of the invocation upon God which is done by Christ, who is the only mediator of redemption and intercession. For he alone redeemed us, so doth he alone even now command us, being redeemed, unto the Father. Decades, Decades, 4th Decade, Sermon 5, vol 2, p., 214-215.

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