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Bullinger on God’s will for the salvation of all men: 1 Tim 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 belovd, 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

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