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Show me know Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths.  Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.  (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)

God desires all to have knowledge of the truth and we receive this truth by waiting on Him with great hope.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.  (1 Timothy 2:3-4, NKJV)

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.  This is regarding verses one and two in which Paul exhorts Timothy to pray for all men, to pray for those in government authority, and that all men would live a peaceful life with one another with godly reverence.  This should be our prayer too.  Do you pray like this or complain that other people do not see things like you do?

God is our Savior was a definitive statement of the Christian faith because the Emperor worship in Rome called Caesar the savior of the world.  Paul seems to be playing with this phraseology in that we are to pray for government as an institution to care for the needs of men in general but gives glory to the real Savior of mankind, Christ the Lord who is the only One to whom worship is due.

Who desires all men to be saved.  The offer of salvation is made to all men and Christ died for the sins of all men (John 3:16-17 and 2 Corinthians 5:14-15).  Desires in the Greek is speaking of a wish or want that arises out of one’s emotions.  Out of His love God desires all sinners to take His offer to be saved.  But God will not violate the free will of man, which from eternity was His will for people.

Who desires all men to come to the knowledge of the truth.  Hand in hand with salvation is knowledge of the truth, which the disciple experiences as he or she grows, or is sanctified, in their walk with the Lord.  Knowledge in the Greek is advanced or full knowledge.  God desires us to obtain this knowledge through our walk and sanctification through the work of the Holy Spirit.

And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach.  Patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they will know the truth.  (2 Timothy 2:24-25, NKJV)

Paul is instructing Timothy as a servant (doulos or slave) on how to minister to those he was pastor over.  A purpose of ministry is to exemplify such character in teaching, in living, and correcting in love that God may lead people to repentance, so they will know the truth.  Again, the word for knowledge is precise, experiential knowledge of the truth.

As you meditate upon these passages ask God through the Holy Spirit to bring you into the experiential knowledge of the truth day by day, moment by moment.

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