April 18, 2004
II Timothy 1:1-18
v. 1 - The promise - "eternal life... in Christ Jesus"
A pledge & promise of immortality - "abundant life" -
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" -
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
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
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
It is a power entirely pending on God - it went out
and will go out in the freest, most gracious manner,
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!
v. 10 - Coming off Easter - "abolished death" -
destroyed, done away with, made of none
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
He has given us life with the superlative quality
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 -
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
v. 12 - "my deposit"
Paul trusted his soul to Christ - Job said "Though
He slay me, yet will I trust Him" - Job. 13:15a
"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
(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"