(of a person) saying what they genuinely feel or believe
Last time Paul urged Timothy to make sure that in the assembled church of believers prayers be made for all people. Today, a reason why.
5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
Perhaps some may feel that they don’t need a mediator between God and themselves.
Perhaps some feel that they are good enough without God in their lives.
Perhaps some think there are many ways to get to God and that Christianity is just one possible path to take.
There is a commonly held belief that ‘All roads lead to God‘, and people say things like ‘If you are sincere, you will get to heaven‘. Scripture disagrees with this (Luke 18.9-14, 18-23, Leviticus 10.1-3, Proverbs 14.12).
God has sovereignly declared that there is one way to be in right relationship with Him, through faith in Jesus (John 14.6). Paul echoes this here when he writes that there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
Nowadays people seem to think that if you are sincere in what you are doing, you will get what you want, but it is possible to be sincerely wrong, isn’t it. As sincere as you may be, trying to fit a square peg into a round hole just won’t work.
This is why Paul says we are to pray for everyone, because God desires that all may be saved, and He has sovereignly declared that there is One way to do this, through the man Christ Jesus.
As sincere as we may be, as sincere as anyone may be, there is one God, and one way to bridge our humanity and His Deity, the man Christ Jesus.
Paul has already said that all need prayer, and today we see that all need Jesus. Come to Him today.