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Thomas Boston on 1 Timothy 2:4

February 25, 2008

1) 6. Lastly, The salvation of lost sinners of the world of mankind is very acceptable to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, as well as to himself, otherwise he had not sent his Son Saviour of the world, 1 Tim. ii. 3,4. “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of (for our Saviour; who will have all men to be saved.” Hence it is called “the pleasure of the Lord,” Is. liii. 10. “The pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.” So he is said to make the marriage for his Son, and to send forth to bid to that marriage, Matth. xxii. Whence it is evident, that there is no impediment to the salvation of sinners by Jesus Christ, on Heaven’s part; it is pleasing to the Father, to his Son, and to his Spirit.

Thomas Boston, “Christ the Saviour of the World,” in Works, 6:296.

2) 1. That God in Christ is full of good-will to poor sinners. Since he will have them thus to depend upon him as children on s father, fearing and hoping in him; he it is who will have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth, 1 Tim. ii. 4. Is not this a plain proof that he bath no pleasure in the death of him that dieth? Ecl. xviii. 13, and that their ruin is of themselves, if they should perish ; that he does not cast them off that hang by him, nor cast them out that come unto him, John vi. 37.

Thomas Boston, ‘Fear and Hope Objects of Divine Complacency: The Same Continued,” in Works, 9:75.

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