A Faithful Saying Worthy Of All Acceptance

By David Embury

1Tim 1:12-16 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners [Lk 19:10], of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life [Jn 17:3; 1Jn 5:13; Jn 20:31].

1Tim 4: 9-11 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach.

Paul’s words to Timothy he says are worthy of acceptance by all, and that as such are words worthy of being repeated and proclaimed, that: God is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. The apostle Luke further tells us that God accomplished His most gracious saving work on man’s behalf through Jesus Christ where Luke records the words of the Saviour: “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost“. One can rightly ask – who is it that fits into this category of “that which was lost” and did Jesus fulfil his mission given by the Father in so seeking and saving these lost? Pantelism agrees with the answer that Jesus indeed did accomplish fully ALL of his saving mission.

Now some object that Paul’s “all men” above is a misreading and that it means and so should be read as “all KINDS of men…” – this however is nothing but an unbiblical attempt to circumvent what the text clearly states; this is done for nothing more than the desire to adhere to positional bias in stead of sticking with the text. That said – IF one uses their same logic consistently it simply reads as God being the Saviour of all kinds of men, especially the kind who believe. Thus consistency makes this unfounded and errant claim a non issue.