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Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 2….

 Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” is the command to the maturing “child” in verse one of chapter 2 in 2 Timothy. The verb, “be strong” is in the present, passive, imperative (TVM – tense, voice, mood).

Present tense is a simple statement of fact, of reality, occurring in actual time. Imperative mood makes the statement a commandment. But, the interesting part of this verb is the passive voice. This makes the subject the recipient of the action; therefore the translation: “Take strength.” Grace is available for the taking, covering and operating in every nanosecond of my life.

This maturing child is admonished in verse 2 to take the things which he has heard from Paul and entrust them to faithful men, who will be able to teach others. Thus, we have the role of teacher taking grace for his strength to teach other faithful (“full of faith” as opposed to “little faith” ) men (and women).

The maturing child is to suffer hardship – as a good soldier of Christ Jesus, in verses 3 & 4. To take the grace that is in Christ Jesus, the soldier must not entangle himself in the affairs of everyday life. (2Ti 2:4 No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.) This reminds me that I cannot serve two masters; I will hate one and love the other, etc. We must please (live through and in faith) the One Who enlisted us as a soldier. Better take a closer look at that word, “entangle.” It’s used one other time in 2 Peter 2, explaining how false prophets entangle us. Well, I’m tempted to paste the whole portion here for you and let that be all for today. Please take the time to read and think upon these things:

1 ¶ But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.

2 And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;

3 ¶ and in [their] greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;

5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;

6 and [if] He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing [them] to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly thereafter;

7 ¶ and [if] He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men

8 (for by what he saw and heard [that] righteous man, while living among them, felt [his] righteous soul tormented day after day with [their] lawless deeds),

9 [then] the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,

10 ¶ and especially those who indulge the flesh in [its] corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,

11 whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord.

12 But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,

13 suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you,

14 having eyes full of adultery and that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children;

15 forsaking the right way they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the [son] of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness,

16 but he received a rebuke for his own transgression; [for] a dumb donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.

17 These are springs without water, and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved.

18 For speaking out arrogant [words] of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,

19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.

20 For if after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.

21 For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment delivered to them.

22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT,” and, “A sow, after washing, [returns] to wallowing in the mire.”

(NASB)

 

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March 9, 2012 - Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Pages from my journal | , , , , , , , ,

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