This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth (1 Tm 2:3-4)
As we begin our journey in search of the one, true Church, let’s take a look at some comforting news. God wants EVERYONE to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth. Before you say, “tell me something I don’t know!”, let’s take a minute to unpack the wealth of revelation in Saint Paul’s ”simple” statement.
God wants us to be saved - This is GREAT news! Although it may seem a little obvious, it’s something that should make us very happy. Additionally, if God wants us to be saved then He will make it possible for us to achieve our salvation. While this can only be done through the merits of Jesus Christ, we still need to do our part by pursuing and obeying the “truth”.
There is ONE truth - Since the truth represents reality, it is impossible to have multiple, conflicting truths. St. Paul’s statement to Timothy affirms that there exists a single truth.
God wants us to KNOW the truth - If God wants us to know the truth than there must be a way for us to do so. An unattainable truth is not something that the Lord would dangle before us. However, while it is comforting to realize that knowledge of the truth is attainable, how is it achieved?
The Need To Evangelize - Easily missed in St. Paul’s statement is the fact that God wants EVERYONE to be saved, not just Christians. Uh-oh, that means that once we figure out the truth, we have to share it with others! That statement puts an end to the “one religion is as good as another” and the “I can’t impose my personal beliefs on others” line of thinking, but it’s a duty that must be taken seriously. Once we find the truth that will lead to our salvation, why would we want to keep it to ourselves?
Now that we’ve learned that there is a truth and that God wants us to understand it, where do we go from here?
Tomorrow: 1 Timothy 3:15