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What God Wants (13 of 18)
Series: New Testament Sampler
1 Timothy 2:1-10
Introduction: A guy was on a diet. His biggest temptation was donuts. As he drove down the street in front of his favorite donut shop, he prayed, "Lord, if you want me to have a donut this morning, let there be a parking place right in front of the bakery." Later his wife asked him if had stopped at the donut shop. He told her about his prayer. "Well, what happened," she persisted. "There was a parking place right in front of the door just like I prayed. I spotted it on my eighth trip around the block."
We say want to know God's will. What we really want to know too often is how to bend God's will to ours. At other times, we pretend that God's will is a great mystery. We can't do what we don't know. Most of the time our problem is a lack of obedience not lack of knowledge. What Mark Twain said of the Bible applies to God's will in general. "It's not those parts that I don't understand that give me the biggest problem, it's the parts that I do understand."
So what is God's will? What does he want? Our text makes it clear that a big chunk of God's will has already been revealed. It is not a mystery. It is not complicated. It involves three interrelated objectives. Notice how our text fits them together. We will tackle them in reverse order.
First, God wants everyone to be saved. Note verses three and four, "This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." Can it be any clearer? God's great desire is the salvation of lost people. The Christian message is not about making us feel better. It is not fundamentally about our earthly happiness. It is not about making us healthy, wealthy, and wise. Some of those things might be by products. The gospel is about how men and women who have messed up their lives by disobeying God can be made right with God now and for eternity ...
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