Summary: 3 of 3. Paul reminded Timothy of the significance of God’s investment in us. When do we honor the gravity of God’s investment? We honor the gravity of God’s investment when we are Thankful. We honor God’s investment thru Thankfulness for His...



Paul reminded Timothy of the gravity behind God’s investment/charge.

We must recognize the gravity of God’s investment.

We must be made aware of the investment made to our responsibility with the Gospel.

When do we honor the gravity of God’s investment?

We honor the gravity of God’s investment when we are Thankful.

Previously we have found that

We honor God’s investment thru Thankfulness for...

1. His FAITH In ME/Us(:12)

2. His MERCY(:13)

3. His EXCESS(:14)

4. His SIMPLICITY(:15)

5—We honor God’s investment thru Thankfulness for...

His BURDEN(:16)

Explanation: (:16)

:16—“However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.”

There was a particular “reason” for God’s offer of “mercy” to Paul. It was so “Jesus Christ” Himself would be able to demonstrate God’s mercy thru His “longsuffering”—in dealing with such sinners as exemplified in Paul.

This “longsuffering” of Christ that was demonstrated in Paul, stands as the “pattern” by which others “who are going to believe” “on” Jesus, will do so that they may partake of eternal life, as is Paul.

God has patience(& so we) toward those who may turn to Him in faith.

“Reason/Cause”—dia touto— ‘Through this.’

“Obtained mercy/Found mercy[See :13]—eleew—To have mercy on; To help one afflicted or seeking aid; To help the afflicted, to being help to the wretched; To experience mercy.

“Show/Demonstrate”—endeiknumi—To point out; To manifest, display, put forth. Strong—To indicate (by word or act).

“Longsuffering/Patience”—makroyumia—Patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance; Patience, forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs. The self restraint which does not hastily retaliate a wrong. Strong—Longanimity, i.e. (objectively) Forbearance or (subjectively) Fortitude. Used 14X.

“Pattern/Example”—upotupwsiv—An outline, sketch, brief & summary exposition; An example, pattern. Strong—typification under (after), i.e. (concretely) a sketch (figuratively) for imitation. Used 2X.

From—upo—by, under—&—tupov—a die (as struck), i.e. (by implication) a stamp or scar; by analogy, a shape, i.e. a statue, (figuratively) style or resemblance; specifically, a sampler ("type"), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).

“Believe”—pisteuw—To think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in; To entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity. “Everlasting/Eternal”—aiwniov—Without beginning & end, that which always has been & always will be; Without beginning; Without end, never to cease, everlasting. Gives prominence to the immeasurableness of eternity. Strong—Perpetual (also used of past time, or past & future as well).


2Tim. 4:16-17—“At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me & strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, & that all the Gentiles might hear. And I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.”

Rom. 9:15-18—“For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, & I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, & that My name may be declared in all the earth.”[Ex. 9:16] Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, & whom He wills He hardens.”

Rom. 9:22-24—“What if God, wanting to show His wrath & to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, & that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?”

Eph 2:10—“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

2Pet. 3:9-11; 14-15—“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, & the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth & the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct & godliness,”.....“Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot & blameless; & consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation--as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,”

Rev. 6:9-11—“When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God & for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy & true, until You judge & avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; & it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants & their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.”

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