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Be Strong in THE Grace in Christ Jesus…

Take Strength from the Grace of God.”

This morning I needed a “word from the Lord.” I need Him every nanosecond and was asking Him how to “redeem the time” He has given me. I need to study, write out studies, establish designated prayer times, and time to read through the Bible – then, there are chores and educational-type reading, (reading “Time Travelers of the Bible”), fun reading, and listening to books (a C. S. Lewis book is cued on cd player – “Out of the Silent Planet”) And – daily I deal with pain management – and, I practice piano, teach a ladies Bible study, and go to church three times a week. There are also doctor appointments and spending time talking with my husband. I LOVE this life the Lord has given me! Somehow, I have let the days get unstructured. It’s time to “order my way aright.”

2 Timothy 2 is where my Bible opened. And there it was – His Word: “You, therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (NAS) The New English Bible phrase of this verse is written at the top of my page: “Take strength from the grace of God.”

Then Paul, in verses 1-13, gives us seven or eight examples of how to take strength from the grace of God. He uses “professions” as examples. They are:

  • a child,
  • teacher,
  • soldier,
  • athlete,
  • farmer,
  • Paul himself,
  • Jesus Christ’s resurrection affecting grace,
  • and how to “obtain” the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and share His glory.

In verse one, Paul names Timothy as his “child” – the word is not an infant, but one used to note a maturing child. To this maturing one, he makes the sweeping statement to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”

Grace is God’s strength and Christ’s power (in our weakness) to do His will and commandments. It is God’s very strength enabled in us to please Him – living our life of faith in the things to come. Grace is the strength that fuels endurance, hardships, and diligence in running the “lawful” race that is set before us. Grace is the strength to suffer for His name’s sake and His comfort for our afflictions. Grace is our “thorn in the flesh” to keep us from exalting ourselves because of the precious revelations He gives us concerning the mysteries of the kingdom of God (Heaven).

I’ll paste 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 for you to see the definitions of grace for yourself:

2Co 12:7 And because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me–to keep me from exalting myself!

2Co 12:8 Concerning this I entreated the Lord three times that it might depart from me.

2Co 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

2Co 12:10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (NAS)

May 17, 2013 Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13 | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 11….

 

Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 11… (Thursday, March 22nd)

2 Timothy 2:9b – 13……the word of God is not imprisoned. 10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus [and] with [it] eternal (age-enduring kingdom) glory. 11 It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him; 12 If we endure, we shall also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us; 13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.

The Word of God is the Word of the Kingdom

Lu 8:10a …And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, …..

11 “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.

Called to Take Hold of Life in the Coming Age

1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Called Unto His Kingdom and Glory

1Th 2:12..so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

Salvation Obtained is in the Coming Age

2Timothy 2:10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen (called out of the called), that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus [and] with [it] eternal (age-enduring kingdom) glory

The Word of God (Kingdom) must be Believed and Received

1Th 2:13 ¶ For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. (KJV)

Faith by the Word of God

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (KJV)

Those of you who have read down this far and are able to understand (put together) the above passages, can see that the word of the coming kingdom of our Lord is synonymous with the Word of God. I’ve written about that many times on this blog and it is important to know, receive, and believe this Word of the Kingdom because it can be denied. Not receiving this Word will keep you from faith! It takes faith to please God. Denying this Word will enact our Lord’s denial of you entering this coming Age and all the glory and rewards of that Age. He MUST remain faithful to His Own Word!

Believing, receiving, and living this Word of Faith – Word of God – Word of the coming Kingdom – will bring persecutions, trials, and sufferings – all meant as sacrifices of our self-life; therefore, the admonition of endurance – to the end.

You may want to read again the whole passage of 2 Timothy 2:1-13 again.

He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.

Dear ones, Take Strength from the Grace of God enabling your endurance.

March 22, 2012 Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 10…

Have you read Philippians 2:1-8 lately?  I have 5 points that I recorded in my journal on 11/08/1997.  I won’t paste the whole verses for you, but you will recognize the phrases. I will also include the way I applied this to my own life.

  1. made Himself of no reputation” – Do I care what others think of me, myself, and I as I seek to obey Him?  Do I have to be liked to feel significant or content?  Can I be a “nobody?”
  2. took upon Himself the form of a servant” – Do I serve others in my mind, heart, attitude, and actions?  Do I allow myself “hurt” feelings in any way?
  3. was made in the likeness of men” – Do I identify myself with the “human condition” – the weakness of our flesh and the strength of the Lord’s empowerment? Do I try to be “god” in anyone’s life – including my own?
  4. He humbled Himself” – Not my will but Thine be done – do I expect anything from anyone but God?  Think hard and long about this, Mary.  What do you really expect from others – i.e. kindness, fairness, love, patience –  Be honest, then let it go.
  5. became obedient unto death – the death of the cross!” – SELF MUST DIE – and for self to die, I will suffer.

Now, let’s meditate upon living with our Lord, Christ Jesus if we have died with Him.  Here is the whole verse in 2 Timothy 2:11 It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him;

Again, resurrection is the subject.  We desire a resurrection to life.  Keep reading. Here are some passages dealing with life in the coming age:

John 5:26 “For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;  27 and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is [the] Son of Man. 28 “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice,  29 and shall come forth; those who did the good [deeds] to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil [deeds] to a resurrection of judgment.

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies,

I just had to paste more verses ……..

Luke 20:34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, 35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage;  36 for neither can they die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37 “But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the [passage about the burning] bush, where he calls the Lord THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB. 

Romans 6:5 For if we have become united with [Him] in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also [in the likeness] of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with [Him,] that our body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin;  7 for he who has died is freed from sin.  8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,  9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.  10 For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.  11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Need I paste more?  The above passages speak for themselves.  Read them again.

 

March 21, 2012 Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 9…

Here is the whole context of 2 Timothy 2: 1-13.  Read it all at one time because today we will contemplate the first part of verse 11 as an example of obtaining the salvation which is in Christ Jesus.

2Ti 2:1 ¶ You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  2 And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.  3 Suffer hardship with [me,] as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  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.  5 And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.  6 The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.  7 Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.  8 ¶ Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel,  9 for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.  10 For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus [and] with [it] eternal glory.  11 It is a trustworthy statement: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him;  12 If we endure, we shall also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;  13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny Himself.

Verse 11 addresses the resurrection that Paul brought up in verse 8. However, it does begin with a huge “IF.”  “If we died with Christ” is a trustworthy (worthy of trust, “faithful to be reliable”) statement.

Of course I am reminded of Gal. 2:20, 21:  “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the [life] which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.  I do not nullify the grace of God; for if righteousness [comes] through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”  (NASB)

That last part is telling us that we, through the death (and resurrection) of our Lord, must live righteously through faith.  In order to do this, we must be crucified with Him.  A summary of what Christ laid aside when He came to die is in Philippians 2.  I will paraphrase.

He exsited in the form of God, but did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but, He emptied Himself (laid aside His privileges), took the form of a man, humbling Himself.  He was obedient to the point of death, even a death upon a cross.  For a lot more on this subject, see Sunday’s blog, March 11th.

(The problem with a “living sacrifice”, as in Romans 12:1, is that I keep getting up from the altar.  In order to prevent that, I must die first.  Dead sacrifices stay put.)

I just must bring up Philippians 3:8-16.  Please keep reading!

Php 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ,  9 ¶ and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from [the] Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which [comes] from God on the basis of faith,  10 that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained [it], or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.  13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of [it] yet; but one thing [I do]: forgetting what [lies] behind and reaching forward to what [lies] ahead,  14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  15 ¶ Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;  16 however, let us keep living by that same [standard] to which we have attained.

March 20, 2012 Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 8…

2 Timothy 2:10 contains the word “obtain” and I want to spend a little time here with the definitions.  Paul wants to obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with age-enduring glory.  Me, too!

Here is Vine’s definition of “obtain”:

(G5177), “to meet with, light upon,” also signifies “to obtain, attain to, reach, get” (with regard to things), translated “to obtain” in Act_26:22, of “the help that is from God”; 2Ti_2:10, of “the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory”; Heb_8:6, of the ministry obtained by Christ; Heb_11:35, of “a better resurrection.”

Now, look at Thayer’s definition:

1) to hit the mark

1a) of one discharging a javelin or arrow

  1. to reach, attain, obtain, get, become master of

There is a word translated “sin” which is “hamartia” in the Greek, meaning “to miss the mark.”  We may, or may not, hit the mark of obtaining the glory in salvation which is found only in Christ Jesus.

I want to paste three passages containing “obtain” for your meditation:  (I will underline the phrases pertaining to “attain.”)

Lu 20:34 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage,  35 but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage;  36 for neither can they die anymore, for they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.

Heb 8:6 But now He (Jesus, the Christ)has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

Heb 11:35 Women received [back] their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, in order that they might obtain a better resurrection;

I want to “hit the mark!” 

These verses from Philippians just popped into my mind: Php 3:12 Not that I have already obtained [it], or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.  13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of [it] yet; but one thing [I do]: forgetting what [lies] behind and reaching forward to what [lies] ahead,  14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

I will end with a phrase from Ephesians 4:1 that is singing in my heart:  “…walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.”

PRESS ON! Girls!  It will be worth it all.

March 19, 2012 Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 7…

Paul takes up the subject of his own endurance in verse 10 of 2 Timothy 2: “For this reason (see previous verses) I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen (“elect”), that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal (“age-lasting”/”age enduring”) glory.”

This verse is packed with doctrine. Paul’s gospel and his endurance in it was for the sake of the elect. “Elect” means “called out.” It is the “calling out” from the “called.” Matthew 22:14 – :“For many are called, but few [are] chosen (lit.: “called out”).” This verse ends a parable that our Lord was teaching about the coming wedding supper given by the King for His Son. One had to be invited and must be dressed appropriately for this occasion. Throughout the parable many were called to this feast. They were unwilling to come and went about their own business as usual. (They were caught up in the affairs of this age and their lives in this age.) However, as time grows closer for this supper, some of the invited ones appear for this great event; one, though, is not dressed properly. A wedding garment is required. He knew the required apparel and did not think it important enough to prepare. He is bound hand and foot and cast out into the outer darkness. Then, our verse appears:…”many are called, but few chosen.”

And, the “may obtain” verb is in the subjunctive – it may or may not be! What may or may not be “obtained?” Salvation. The salvation which is in Christ Jesus. Read verse 10 again, if you need to. And – it is salvation with something – glory, for the entire coming age – a share in the very Glory that our Lord has already obtained and will be manifested in His Kingdom reign.

In verses 11-13, Paul gives a synopsis of the life that is in the process of obtaining this glory.  We will be looking at these verses beginning next week. 

March 16, 2012 Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 6…

Verse 9 in 2 Timothy 2, finishes a sentence begun in the previous verse: “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, seed of David,according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.” (verses 8 & 9)

The 26th chapter of Acts gives us Paul’s message as he was before King Agrippa. Verses 4-8:

Ac 26:4 “So then, all Jews know my manner of life from my youth up, which from the beginning was spent among my [own] nation and at Jerusalem;

5 since they have known about me for a long time previously, if they are willing to testify, that I lived [as] a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion.

6 “And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers;

7 [the promise] to which our twelve tribes hope to attain, as they earnestly serve [God] night and day. And for this hope, O King, I am being accused by Jews.

8 “Why is it considered incredible among you [people] if God does raise the dead?

I have written before that I believe that the resurrection is the overall subject in Acts; yes, it is the overall subject of the Old and New Testaments. God is the God of the living. And, I have written about “the promise” elsewhere on this site. The promise of life to come in the coming age, an inheritance in that life, and hope of attaining to the out-resurrection among the dead is the crux of the whole matter. Let’s read on in Acts 26:

Ac 26:21“For this reason [some] Jews seized me in the temple and tried to put me to death.

22 “And so, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place;

23 that the Christ was to suffer, [and] that by reason of [His] resurrection from the dead He should be the first to proclaim light both to the [Jewish] people and to the Gentiles.”

The fact of the resurrection is a hated doctrine! It’s been about 2,000 years since our Lord’s resurrection and mankind has been attempting to destroy this fact – under satan’s leadership – during this time. It isn’t just a N. T. doctrine, either. It is throughout the Old Testament.

August 19, 2010 on this site has one of the blogs I have done on this subject, “Resurrection is a Birth.” Also, this one is a condensed version from April of last year: https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/resurrection-is-a-birth-2/

Back to 2 Timothy 2:9,Paul says that he has suffered hardship, even to imprisonment as a criminal for his good news of the resurrection. But, listen to the rest of the verse: “but, the word of God is not imprisoned.” Friends, it never has been imprisoned and will accomplish all whereunto it has been sent. If you need to review the meaning of the phrase, “Word of God,” there are several articles on this site concerning that subject. Know this: The “Word of God” contains the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Check out Luke 8.

The “Word of God” – “Word of the Kingdom” – is not imprisoned even today. It contains that “hope of the resurrection” which is hated. But, the “word of the kingdom” continues to be taught in the little flocks around the world.

March 15, 2012 Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 5…

Paul has labored hard in his (the Lord’s calling and choosing) ministry – beaten, jailed, toiled, afflicted, persecuted, perplexed, delivered over to death. Timothy knew this and was by Paul’s side some of these times; and in verse 7, he writes to Timothy to “Consider what I say…” and goes on with, “for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” Let me say, the Lord is the only One with the understanding that we need in all our difficulties. And, one thing we must understand is that faith is the commodity at stake in all our trials – not the outcome (in this age), but in the one to come! And therein lies the comfort and understanding from the Lord. However, therein lies our perplexity, also. We find it easy to focus on the outcome – will I be healed, will I be vindicated, will I find a job, will the rent get paid, etc. God’s focus is on His husbandry in us pertaining to the age to come. 2Cor 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding [and] eternal weight of glory;

Light, momentary affliction = age-lasting weight of glory. Is it worth it? You had better believe it is! If you have been called unto His Kingdom and Glory, here is the story of your life: 1Pet 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you].

Verse 8, back in 2 Timothy 2, admonishes – commands – us to remember something: “Jesus Christ, risen from the dead…” Timothy already knew this very well and you know it, too. Perhaps, what we need to remember is that the resurrection is central, and NECESSARY, to the doctrine of the coming age. If Satan could just have kept the LORD dead, inside that cave until His body corrupted, there would be no heir to the throne! No Second Adam to claim the title deed to the earth. No justification for you and me. No High Priestly ministry. No continual, fresh blood for the remission of sins on the mercy seat. No hope in the age to come. No death to be abolished. No life in the age to come. No spirit of truth to teach us.

Satan could keep his present position except for the resurrection. When God restored the original heavens and earth, the first thing He did was create time – the evening and the morning were day one, and so on. Satan’s reign over the earth now had a time limit. This had to disrupt satan greatly. So, he focused on destroying God’s image in man, and destroying the seed of the woman (in Gen. 3:15), which would be destroying the Seed of Abraham and the Seed of David.

Now – remember that! Keep the above thoughts before your eyes of faith at all times.

March 14, 2012 Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 4…

2Ti 2:6,7 “The hard-working farmer (KJV – “husbandman”) ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.” (NAS)

Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.” (NAS)

—–Just gotta tell you this: That word, “husbandman,” transliterated is “George” – my earthly father’s name.———–

The laws of the harvest come to my mind at this point. The farmer receives the firstfruits of his labors. I know that’s the way we handle our blueberry bushes. Bob picks ours first!

So, we had best plant well, obeying the “rules” of the whole process of harvesting. Plenty of verses to amplify this subject come to mind because I have been preparing “The Laws of the Harvest” for some future Ladies Bible Study lessons. I have typed that phrase into Google and there are millions of papers on this subject. I read a few. What is lacking? That when the grain, or seed, is planted it dies.

But, it will “bear after its kind.” It cannot bear what it isn’t. That’s the law. In context with the other professions mentioned in this portion of Scripture, this verse emphasizes “the toiling farmer.” Each example that we are given endures hardship, discipline, and hard work. These are not sought, in general, by folks today. Lives filled with ease and abundance are sought for satisfaction through entanglements with the present world system. This “age” is only the preparation for the “next” age when, as verse 8 reminds us, “Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, SEED of David…” will rule with a rod of iron for the next 1,000 years.

The “husbandman” is the Father: John 15:1 I (Jesus, the Christ) am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

And, there is the sense that we are encouraged to be patient as the farmer who waits upon God for all he needs for a good harvest:

Jas 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

In the Bible, all the seed, fruit, harvesting, farming, and waiting, have to do with the coming of the Lord and setting up His coming reign. I will close today with some more James 5 verses:

Jas 5:7 Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.

8 You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.

10 As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

11 Behold, we count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and [is] merciful.

 

March 13, 2012 Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , , , , | Leave a comment

Take Strength from the Grace of God, part 3…

Entangling ourselves in the affairs of everyday life” (v.4) could be easier than we realize. There is a way that seems right, but the end means death. (see Prov 14:12) How can we discern? We can think upon the end result – will this contribute to the salvation of my soul. See: “obtaining as the outcome (“end”) of your faith the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:8) Faith, then, becomes the commodity at stake in our trials and everyday living. Faith has to do with things not seen and we MUST live accordingly. Your very life – or not – in the age to come is at stake.

I’m going to venture out of my – and possibly your – comfort zone and give a word to parents. If your children are not being taught in word and example to put emphasis on the age to come and how that pleases God, then their (and your) life is not worth living now, much less in the age to come. It is that important! In early manhood, Livingstone made his resolution: “I will place no value on anything I have or possess, except in relation to the Kingdom of Christ.”

An athlete trains so as to compete is the subject of verse 5, in chapter 2 of 2 Timothy. It’s a rather short verse and to the point: “And also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize (literally: “he is not crowned) unless he competes according to the rules.”

Did you ever play a game with a small child who kept changing the rules to suit her? (we just have a resident dog who makes up his own rules of play).

In the Lord’s race, He makes the laws that win the prize. I must search His Word daily to match His rules to my lifestyle. Of course, I’m reminded of 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27:

1Co 9:24 ¶ Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but [only] one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.

25 And everyone who competes (KJV- “strives for the mastery”) in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then [do it] to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air;

27 but I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly, after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified. (NASB)

The word, “strive” is our word for “agonize.” I am reminded of Luke 13:24 -“Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”

March 12, 2012 Posted by | 2 Timothy 2:1-13, Newsy News & Random Thoughts, Pages from my journal | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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