- --- In email@example.com, Benjamin Hart
> Does anybody know of any discussions on 1 Tim. 2:3-6. I think ofany verse in the New Testament as being a problem verse for Calvinism,
this is it. I've never been confronted with it before and I was
wondering if anyone has a succint treatment? Thanks.
Did you check Calvin's Commentary?
"Hence we see the childish folly of those who represent this passage
to be opposed to predestination. `If God' say they, `wishes all men
indiscriminately to be saved, it is false that some are predestined by
his eternal purpose to salvation, and others to perdition.' They might
have had some ground for saying this, if Paul were speaking here about
individual men; although even then we should not have wanted the means
of replying to their argument; for, although the will of God ought not
to be judged from his secret decrees, when he reveals them to us by
outward signs, yet it does not therefore follow that he has not
determined with himself what he intends to do as to every individual man."
Calvin also has a superb sermon on the same text:
You may also gain some insight from John Gill's comments,
Some other articles that may be of some help:
I'd look more stuff up for you, but I have to get going. My family is
sick, and there are some babies crying! I don't know what books you
have available, but I'm sure you could find something in Turretin's
Institutes, Knox Against the Anabaptist, Ridgley's Commentary on the
Larger Catechism, etc.
"Again, we are asked, if God has "ordained" only certain ones unto
eternal life then why do we read that He `will have all men to be
saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth' (1 Tim. 2:4)? The reply
is, that the words `all' and `all men,' like the term `world,' are
often used in a general and relative sense. Let the reader carefully
examine the following passages: Mark 1:5; John 6:45; 8:2; Acts 21:28;
22:15; 2 Corinthians 3:2, etc., and he will find full proof of our
assertion. 1 Timothy 2:4 cannot teach that God wills the salvation of
all mankind or otherwise all mankind would be saved-`What His soul
desireth even that He doeth' (Job 23:13)!" A.W. Pink.