Is Salvation A Promise
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Let’s call this Q&A session … “Is Salvation A Promise?”
Every now and then, I come across a question that i feel and urge to respond to, but not necessarily to those who are asking or involved in the conversation per se.
so in response to this particular question which i feel i should paraphrase…
[Interesting Question Here:]
I’ve been thinking about a question lately,
Is it biblical to pray for someone’s salvation?
It seems obvious that we should pray for the salvation of others because God does not want anyone to perish, but to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), however even if that is God’s desire, it’s not always his will (in reality).
I was thinking about the verse “If you abide in me, and my words in you, then ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7), and I didn’t know if praying for someone’s salvation is something that God promises he will grant. So even if God desires it, it’s not something that we can claim as a promise in scripture.
Even when Paul prayed, he asked for more opportunities for the Gospel to be preached, but not necessarily for the salvation of specific people?
[Disclaimer: all names and Identities has been removes safe mine for i am responding to the question and you already know who i am and what i think and say from time to time. tho this is not about me. i am posting this on my blog for you and you need not know who asked this multitude of questions. ]
My Starting Point is this verse, Matthew 22:14, …. and this thought: “God alone knows who will be saved”
And well it obviously opens and closes a few doors.
Hopefully not the right ones and does not change the question.
Now you may ask… what does “Many are called but few are chosen” in Matthew 22:14 mean?
let’s skip that for now and explore other questions
- is Salvation a promise?
- are bible promises claimable?
- is it biblical to claim promises?
- What are Bible Promises?
but most of all, are salvations promises and to whom are they promises , for it sounds in my mind at least that the prayer, in this case… the person praying, wishes that salvation is a promise and that is it claimable.
as if it belongs to the person who is praying, which obviously, it should not be.
Since … if Salvation is a promise, it would not be a promise to the one praying unless it was that promise in Acts.
you know the one i am thinking of?
maybe not, but now you know where to look. right?
so, one down… the prayer ( the one praying, hereafter known as pray-er) ought to continue to pray, for as i mentioned, only God knows who will and will not be saved, … ultimately, and noticed i said ultimately… more about that … if you ask the right question(s).
let’s continue my rant.
back to the question… is it biblical to pray for someone’s salvation?
that’s a good question. and rather than answer it outright…. let’s explore it some more.
Is the question-er asking if the Bible commands or encourages prayer for non believers?
Both you and I know the answer to that.
So why is the question-er asking this question if it is stated in the Bible?
now i am not sure, so i think i should start with that… “Are you asking if the Bible says we should pray for someone’s Salvation?”
Or… aside, if praying for someone’s salvation would … you know …
ok step back because the next thing the question-er says is ” It seems obvious that we should pray for the salvation of others because God does not want anyone to perish …”
now the first part of it says it is obvious that we should … so obviously that is obvious, …the answer is obvious that we should … and the reason provided was … Because God does not want anyone to perish, … nto sure if the question-er is referring to John or Paul or Peter here.
Specifically … John 3:16, or 1 Timothy 2:4, or 2 Peter 3:9 … or something else, … we have to be open to the question-er thinking of and/ or knowing other verses about salvation, from the other gospels or epistles.
ok back on track… the question-er continues to say … “but to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), … ”
Silly me, the question-er did provide a chapter book and verse.
let’ s more over, and move on….
“… however even if that is God’s desire, it’s not always [H]is will (in reality).”
( END OF PART 1 … see Part 2 tomorrow )