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TODAY'S NEW bible STUDY lesson ... THE BOOK OF SECOND TIMOTHY.

Deb and me after a recent Revival Service

 

Recently I preached at the Church I pastored years ago. My Son serves that congregation today! Deb made this photo after the Service that evening.

 

Second Timothy has the distinction of being Paul's last Epistle. Clearly he knew that death was imminent, by then an "any day" event. This paragraph proves so. "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me." Second Timothy 4:6-9, dying victoriously!

The 4 chapters, the 83 short verses of Second Timothy ... perhaps show Paul, the great Apostle's heart, more clearly than anything he ever wrote.

In the Epistle we meet Timothy's Mother and Grandmother, at least by name. Lois and Eunice were godly ladies. Oh yes, Timothy is the addressee of the Letter. "To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; when I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also." Second Timothy 1:2-5

Maybe Paul's strongest ever confession of faith is Second Timothy 1:12. "For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."

Wow!

In Second Timothy 2:1-4 Paul likens serving Jesus to being an an army! "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."

Then in 3:1-5 Paul characterizes the "dangerous" last days. Adjectives with which we are all now familiar. "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

And maybe the doctrinally strongest words in Second Timothy: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." The Bible, God's perfect Word, Second Timothy 3:16-17.

And how does Paul end his earthly walk with the Lord? These are his last words, written words. "The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen." Why of course, he concludes with "Grace!"

How fitting.

If you love studying God's Word, and have learned to appreciate Paul ... Second Timothy is must reading.

            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

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