Riddle: The secret of “Time”
Simplicity in Christ
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)
In proper times
“(and He manifested in proper times His word,) in preaching, which I was entrusted with, according to a charge of God our Saviour,” (Titus 1:3)
Especially the Jews = “of the circumcision”
“for there are many both insubordinate, vain-talkers, and mind-deceivers — especially they of the circumcision –“ (Titus 1:10)
Why do they do it? For “money” = as “dishonest gain” (and its equivalent convertibles)
“whose mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for dishonest gain’s sake.” (Titus 1:11)
No to “Jewish Myths”
“and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth.” (Titus 1:14)
An example of “Jewish Myths” (as Josephus records during Christ’s era) is “eternal hell” (held by the Pharisees) and “annihilation” (held by the Sadducees).
There is “no” Jewish Myth regarding the Truth which is Lord Jesus Christ sent by the Father as “Saviour of the World”.
As simple as that.
“You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1)
A really difficult one
“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” (Titus 2:7 – 8)
Salvation to “all” (not some) people in “time”.
“For the Grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men.” (Titus 2:11)
How? By the Grace of God.
When will this Salvation or His Ransom for “all” (not some) take place?
In its “appropriate times” (not at the same times – each in his “own order”):
“Who did give Himself a ransom for all — the testimony in its own times —” (1 Timothy 2:6)
God doesn’t Fail
As His angel prophesied, this Gospel (Good News) is for “all” (not some) people:
“And the angel said to them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For to you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10 – 11)
That’s why He came into the world, “to Save us All”.
Here’s this “order” described in detail (the Big Picture):
The Statement of Christ’s Redemption applying to “all” (not some) men:
“for even as in Adam all die, so also in the Christ all shall be made alive,” (1 Corinthians 15:22)
Next, Paul writes that this happens in “order” (of “time”) – firstly Christ having pre-eminence in all things followed by “those who are in Christ” (believers),
“and each in his proper order, a first-fruit Christ, afterwards those who are the Christ’s, in His presence,” (1 Corinthians 15:23)
Eventually the “end”, where “all” things will be made “subject to Him”:
“then — the end, when he may deliver up the reign to God, even the Father, when He may have made useless all rule, and all authority and power.” (1 Corinthians 15:24)
Yes, till God becomes “all in all” (Perfect Salvation & Restoration Achieved in the World):
“and when the all things may be subjected to Him, then the Son also Himself shall be subject to Him, Who did subject to Him the all things, that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28)
“And we — we have seen and do testify, that the Father hath sent the Son — Saviour of the world;” (1 John 4:14)
Aim for this: “Age-during life”
“upon hope of life age-during, which God, who doth not lie, did promise before times of ages,” (Titus 1:2)
“Life in the age to come” is the reward toward those who truly believe in Him.