April 18, 2004

                                 II Timothy 1:1-18

 

v. 1 - The promise - "eternal life... in Christ Jesus"

 

A pledge & promise of immortality - "abundant life" -

                                                                 John 10:10b

 

The calling of Paul was to preach that promise - the

design - make known that promise!

 

"in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot

lie, promised before the world began"

 

Satan is a liar and the father of lies - John 8:44

Satan will never promise death but that is all

that he can deliver.

 

Many today who are ashamed of Christ - v. 8

would never admit that they are more closely

akin to the devil than  to their Maker but

are swallowing the hook, line & sinker of

"the Lie" of II Thess. 2:11

 

Also Titus 1:2 - God promised eternal life before the world

            began and proceeded to fulfill it

 

Gal. 4:4-5                    v. 9

 

 

 

More than Babe Ruth here calling the shot in the

World Series - more than Cassius Clay calling the

round for the demise of his opponent.

 

This is "The Lamb slain from the foundation of

the world - Rev. 13:8b, 5:6-14

 

v. 5 - It is pleasant to see the faith transmitted

            through three generations.

 

Prov. 22:6 - "Train up a child in the way that

            he should go and when he is old he shall

            not depart from it"

 

"The lines are fallen  unto me in pleasant places,

 yea, I have a goodly heritage" - Ps. 16:6

 

ch. 3:15                       John 5:39

 

We have the promise that God will keep covenant

and mercy with them that love Him, and keep His

commandments to a thousand generations" -

                                    Deut. 7:9-11

 

God's intention is that godly & Christian influence

should be transmitted.  He made one generation to

follow another, proceeded on a principle of

succession and not of contemporaneousness,

that He might have a "godly seed" - Mal. 2:15

 

 

 

The best established Christians are among those

who are of a godly stock, therefore let the godly

upbringing of the young be attended to.

 

I wonder if there is any unbroken generations

from 1-1000 still in unbroken succession today,

who have been true to the Lord and love Him

still.

 

I can only vouch for four, hopefully more -

Illustration of Mother's funeral, Jayne Ellen's

playing of "My Tribute" and Natalie turning

the pages.       Cousin David Knopp's testimony.

 

Uncle Richard and "Are all the Children In"

 

v. 7 - Acts 10:38, 1:8

 

God wishes to be served with our strength and

not our weaknesses, not with our ignorance but

with well disciplined thoughts.

 

II Cor. 12:9 - "My strength is made perfect in

 weakness"

 

v. 9 - Saving Power - Holy Calling - "eternal purpose"

                        Eph. 1:18-20, 9-11, 3:1-12

 

Sinners and the undeserving are contemplated by

God as in need.  "But God commendeth His love

toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,

Christ died for us" - Rom. 5:8

 

"God sending His own Son in the likeness of

sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the

flesh" - Rom. 8:3b

 

It is a power entirely pending on God - it went out

and will go out in the freest, most gracious manner,

toward us.

 

Whosoever will may come, whosoever shall call upon

the name of the Lord shall be saved!

 

Works done before the calling are not of any merit

for salvation because they are without faith - works

done after salvation are the fruits of our calling and

not the cause of it.  It is a gift from eternity before

before the world began!

 

Eph. 2:8-10

 

v. 10 - Coming off Easter - "abolished death" -

            destroyed, done away with, made of none

            effect.

 

I Cor. 15:26                Rev. 20:14

 

On this earth, Christ at His first coming, seemed to

be the very impersonation of weakness when He was

on the cross.  And yet this was the grandest display of

power, confounding the mighty, for it is here said that

by this appearing He abolished death.

 

He appeared in flesh, endured death in all its reality,

and by doing so, He has made it no longer a reality to

His  people.

 

He has given us life with the superlative quality

of imperishableness.

 

To the heathen of the Roman world and to the

secular world of the 21st century, the future was

and is an absolute blank!

 

The gospel has brought immortality into the full

clear light giving us the certainty of our existence

after death.  It holds out for us the hope of life

without intermission or end, in the sunshine of

God's love, a reunion of soul and body and

"He hath appointed a day, in the which He

will judge the world in righteousness by that

man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath

given assurance unto all men, in that He had raised

Him from the dead" - Acts 17:31

 

It ought to bring many a welcome but has brought

many a rebuff - Rom. 10:15

 

v. 11 - Acts 26:6-8,12-18        Romans 4:20-25

            Gal. 3:6 -- "Abraham believed God and

                               it was accounted to him for

                                righteousness.

 

v. 12 - "my deposit"

 

Paul trusted his soul to Christ - Job said "Though

He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job. 13:15a

 

Matt. 6:19-21

 

"till that day

 

v. 13 - "the pattern" - the deposit.

 

Always copy - Heb. 8:5

 

Present a consistent light to the world.

 

v. 14 - The importance of preserving the

      precious deposit of doctrine.

 

Jude calls it "the faith that was once

delivered unto the saints"

 

As trustees - delivered - not discovered.

 

The duties of ministers and church members

to keep this deposit.

 

Believers have the insight and courage to

reject the adulterations & mixtures of a

false and worldly system.

 

v. 6 - Timothy was not to create a gospel

            but to preach one -

 

 

The facts and doctrines were matters of

revelation.

 

(Moses) - "Moses was admonished of God when

            he was about to make the tabernacle:  for

            See, saith He, that thou make all things

            according to the pattern shewed thee in

            the mount"  - Heb. 8:5

 

Quickening the memory - There are many springs

to be touched.

 

We become proud and need to remember as the

Hebrews did that we "were  slaves".

 

We need to be reminded that "without Christ"

we can do nothing!

 

We become so interested in this life that we

try to make "home" here and forget that we

are pilgrims and strangers.

 

We  become negligent and forget that

responsibility is great and time is short.

 

"Sure mercies of David" - Acts 13:34-39

 

A good past to be followed by a good future!

 

"having promise of the life that now is and

of that which is to come" - I Tim. 4:8b

 

v. 18 - "The Lord grant unto him that he may

            find mercy of the Lord in that Day"