Especially

(1Tim 4:10)For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.

Some say "(e)specially believers" means "only believers" or "that is, believers".
That claim is easily refuted.
malista
Thayer Definition:
1) especially, chiefly, most of all, above all
Part of Speech: adverbial superlativeA Related Word by Thayers/Strongs Number: neuter plural of the superlative of an apparently primary adverb mala (very)

(Acts 20:38) Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.

(Acts 25:26)
Of whom I have no certain thing to write unto my lord. Wherefore I have brought him forth before you, and specially before thee, O king Agrippa, that, after examination had, I might have somewhat to write.

(Acts 26:3)
Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

(Gal 6:10)
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
=> Do good to everyone. Especially to the believers

(Phil 4:22)
All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.
=> Greetings to everyone. Special greetings to Ceasar's household.

(1Tim 5:8)
But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

(1Tim 5:17)
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
=> All elders recieve double honor; the elders that labor in the word are most certainly included.

(Titus 1:10)
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
=> The largest percentage of vain talkers is found amoung thoses who a circumsised.

(Phlm 1:16)
Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?

(2Pet 2:10)
But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
=> The people mentioned in this verse do evil things but they aren't the only ones.

(2Tim 4:13) The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.
=> He should bring back all 3 items and most certainly the parchments

It could be argued that the last verse means: Take the parchments and if you can carry more also bring the other items. At the very least it show the intention of bringing all three items. Humans are limited in all sort of ways so possibly the cloke was left behind. But God is not limited. If He intents to take all three items He will take them. If not  His powers aren't unlimeted.
So 1 Tim 4:10 shows the priority of God. Believers are saved first. But it also shows His intention to save the none believers. His intententions can't be stopped by anything.

free web counter web site hit counter
Converted from CHM to HTML with chm2web Pro 2.85 (unicode)