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Salvation was the purpose of Jesus’ coming into the world (1 Tim 1:15)—a salvation effected through his death and resurrection (2:6). It is offered to all people (1 Tim 2:4; 4:10; Titus 2:11), but only those who believe can call God “our Savior” (1 Tim 1:1; 2:3; 2 Tim 1:10; Titus 2:10). In the OT, God is called Savior many times. ” It is God, not Moses, who saves the people at the sea (Exod 15:1-21). In the OT, “to save” often means to rescue or deliver someone—usually the children of Israel or an individual—from enemies.
The four kinds of prayers given in verse 1 exclude idol worship, which some Ephesians were expressing in the imperial religion. Paul offers two reasons for these Christian prayers. First, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. Paul hopes that through their prayers, the Ephesian Christians will not be under suspicion of disloyalty to the governing authorities and can practice Christian living without disturbance. Christians live in godliness and dignity. These two terms represent the Hellenistic counterpart to the Hebraic terms for holiness and righteousness.
They did not deny the reality of sin or the inheritance of sin from Adam and Eve. But they did not agree that the tendency toward sinning was inevitable. They had a stronger theology of the real, transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Thus they rejected the idea of the bondage of the will and predestination. 1 Timothy 1:3–20 51 Infants do not yet know the difference between good and evil (cf. Isa 7:15-16). ” They said each person is responsible before God for one’s own sin. What condemns people is their choice to live in sin when they know better.