Our Hope & Faith Is In God
Is your faith suffering? Are you worried, feeling anxious? Are you fearful or scared about the future? What about watching the news? Reports on wars, hatred, self-indulgence, corruption, slandering as well as on natural disasters concerning earthquakes, forest fires, floods, famine and more? Luke and Timothy give an account of things we will see and come to know in the last days. But do not fret! There is glorious ending to this age-old story, if you are a Christian. Continue reading
Seeking Our Eternal Rewards In Heaven
Continuing on from the previous post on Preparation, Pursuit and Persistence in our Service from last week, Paul uses Christ Jesus as one more example of suffering through persecution , He is the chief example for all Christians as we prepare ourselves and walk in faith in the face of persecution,
2 Timothy 2:8-10 (NKJV)
8 Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, 9 for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
There can be no better example, of course, that Jesus Himself. First, Paul refers to Christ rising from the dead. We are immediately drawn to Jesus’ suffering and death. Continue reading
Preparation, Pursuit & Persistence Through Jesus
Paul begins teaching using three analogies to drive home the logic for why suffering in trials is worthwhile for a believer. And how to be ready to face those trials.
2 Timothy 2:3-7 (NKJV)
3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.
First, Paul says that suffering hardship for the sake of the Gospel is like a soldier called for duty. Continue reading
We Must Renew Our Minds
Paul was concerned about Timothy because the Roman Emperor Nero was bringing persecution against the church, particularly the church leaders. Christian leaders began to disassociate themselves with the church to avoid persecution. Nero hated Christians. Continue reading