If Jesus Christ conquered death, why is death still preventing God from getting what He wants?
1 Timothy 2:1-4
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
WHO DESIRES ALL MEN TO BE SAVED AND COME TO A KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH (caps added)
If death ends a person’s chance to get saved, then death hasn’t been totally conquered. It still gains many victories.
No Chance Without Jesus: Doesn’t that mean that sin can ultimately be stronger than God’s love?
No Chance Without Jesus: So does God not offer the full force of his love to everyone? If not, then I can understand how the temptation to sin might be stronger, but surely you cannot claim that someone who felt God’s love would fail to be utterly charmed by it?
I think what this verse means is that it is true that God desires all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of truth. That is the nature and character of God – to desire that. It is also the nature and character of God to not force anyone to believe.
Consider this – those who lived at the time Jesus did saw his actions, heard his words and witnessed his miracles. Thousands believed in him but many who saw exactly the same things wanted him dead. There is no proof good enough for someone who refuses to believe. God can desire them to be saved, but he will not force them to be.