The Apostle Paul, as he was writing one of the letters to Timothy, stated how that prayers should be made for all men, especially for those in authority.
And then he said, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (1Tim. 2:3, 4).
This is interesting and important to all who seek heaven. All should want to spend eternity in heaven rather than hell, but that is not the case.
In the world today there seems to be four groups of people. First, there are those who are unconcerned about their salvation.
These are people who for the most part reject that there is a God, and therefore believe they can do whatever they want because they will not be held accountable.
The second group are people who feel morally right and therefore believe God will save them because they do nothing to harm other people, they do not commit fornication, or steal, or gossip, or other such sins.
This group fails to realize the need to know exactly what God wants. Luke recorded an account of a good moral man in Acts chapter six. His name was Cornelius.
He was, “a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always” (Acts 10:1b, 2).
In all his goodness and moral ways, he was not following God as God desired. If one reads the rest of this account, it shows that Peter went to Cornelius’s home and taught him what to do, obey the gospel.
The third group of people is those who simply are wicked people. It is sad but every generation has those who are simply out for themselves and all that they can get, no matter how they get it.
These people also see no need for God, because they realize that they would be held accountable. This group is a selfish group.
The fourth group is those who are searching and willing to hear and obey the truth. To them learning what God wants is important in their life. They have a desire to please God and a desire to help their fellowman. This group, when they obey God, will seek to reach the other three with the gospel.
Unlike men who would only seek to love the group that wants to follow them, God loves all these groups. His love is so great that it can reach each of the groups if they will allow his love into their lives.
This love was willing to allow man to crucify his only begotten Son. His love only seeks the best for man, and all he asks is that man obeys him.
The question all must ask is in which group do they reside? God offers the pardon and the way