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Summary: PAUL CHALLENGES TIMOTHY TO REJECT FEAR AND EMBRACE SUFFERING IN FULFILLING HIS CALL TO THE MINISTRY OF THE GOSPEL

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PAUL CHALLENGES TIMOTHY TO REJECT FEAR AND EMBRACE

SUFFERING IN FULFILLING HIS CALL TO THE MINISTRY OF THE

GOSPEL

INTRODUCTION:

“Therefore” – based on vv.6-7

you have been called and gifted for the gospel ministry

you have received the divine empowering = “power and love and discipline”

I. (:8) EXHORTATION TO TIMOTHY TO REJECT FEAR AND EMBRACE SUFFERING

A. Reject Fear – “do not be ashamed”

(cf. Luke 9:26; Rom. 1:16; Heb. 2;11; 11:16)

1. To Bear Witness Yourself -- “of the testimony of the Lord”

“of testifying to our Lord” = testimony about Christ rather than testimony borne by Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 1:6)

Stedman: “We all can identify with that problem today…there are times when you feel ashamed that you are a Christian. You are afraid people will find out;

or if, they already know that you are a Christian, you tend to keep it quiet and not say much about it. That is a universal experience if we have any contact at

all with non-Christians…”

2. To Identify with Gospel Preachers -- “or of me His prisoner”

Paul ultimately views himself as a prisoner under the sovereignty of His Lord rather than a prisoner of Nero

“The apostle treats what outsiders might judge a disgraceful situation as a source of humble pride.” (Kelly)

B. Embrace Suffering for the Cause of the Gospel

“join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God”

this is the only alternative to being ashamed

“for the gospel” = Dative of interest

Paul may have coined this verb (only NT usage) – “he has a liking for compounds with sun” (Kelly)

cf. Rom. 1:16 – but not only is the gospel the power of God unto salvation, but God’s same power enables His witnesses to endure suffering

II. (:9-10) ESSENCE OF THE GOSPEL MESSAGE

A. (:9A) A Holy Calling – “who has saved us and called us with a holy calling”

B. (:9B) A Sovereign Calling

1. Not based on works -- “not according to our works”

2. Based on His Purpose and His Grace -- “but according to His own purpose and grace”

(cf. Rom. 8:28; 9:11; Eph. 1:11; 3:11)

Kelly: “If it depended on our merits, our position would be at best precarious, and on a realistic estimate hopeless; but since it depends

wholly on God, our confidence can be unshaken.”

3. Centered in Christ Jesus – “which was granted us in Christ Jesus”

4. Rooted in Eternity Past – “from all eternity”

C. (:10) A Transformation from Death to Life

1. Accomplished in History – “but now has been revealed by the appearing of ”

2. Accomplished by “our Savior Christ Jesus”

3. Abolishment of Death – “who abolished death” --

Stedman: “The death of death”

“The ancient question of Job, ‘If a man die, shall he live again?’ remains the fundamental question haunting all men today.”

Very significant accomplishment! Death is the awesome reality facing everyone. It levels the playing field. Fear of death is pervasive – cf. Heb. 2:14-

15; In what sense did Christ abolish death? Even Christians still die.

4. Granting of Life – “brought life and immortality to light”

Woychuk: “The fact that the Apostle adds ‘immortality,’ (more accurately translated ‘incorruption’), brings out the thought that this new life applies also to our bodies. Decay and corruption pertain to the body and not to the spirit; so here the ‘incorruption,’ the resurrection of the body of the believer, is in view…


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