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1Timothy, Chapter Two, Lesson One

ACCEPTABLE PRAYER            Page 5

V. 3 ** Paul has pointed out that our compassionate, concerned prayer for the lost can have a very positive impact upon our environment as a church, which is existing within the governmental structure that the Lord has sovereignly put in place. How does God feel about this type of evangelistic prayer?

“This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior...”

“Good” translates kalon which refers to what is intrinsically, morally good.

** How does the word “acceptable” differ from “good”, in its importance to us as we stand before the Lord?

Our lives are to be “a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God” (Romans 12:1). When we develop this kind of evangelistic prayer life, it is not only morally good, but it is actually “Acceptable Prayer” to our Holy God. It is prayer after His own heart!

** Before we leave this verse, what word does Paul use to broaden the reader’s understanding of our God?

He calls Him “God our Savior”. That term defines the very nature of our gracious God. He sent His Son into the world to save the world (John 12:47).
cf. Titus 1:3, 2:10, 3:4 with Luke 1:46-47

** Scripture clearly establishes that God is our Savior, what does it say about Jesus Christ?

He is our Savior!! cf. Titus 3:6, Philippians 3:20, 2Peter 1:11 and 2Peter 3:18

Therefore, if God is our Savior and Jesus is our Savior - Jesus must be God!

V. 4 ** What is the desire of our gracious God and Savior?

He “desires all men to be saved...” When He does that, He is being consistent with who He has been from eternity past.

cf. Isaiah 45:22, Isaiah 55:1-3, Ezekiel 18:23,32, 2Peter 3:9

** What phrase does Paul use as a synonym to salvation?

“...and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

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