Summary: Now if you're familiar with Paul's writings, especially to Timothy and Titus, you'll be aware that there are at least four faithful sayings which he had given. These faithful sayings are a summary of Paul’s teaching on the Christian life. It is said that
Intro: Now if you're familiar with Paul's writings, especially to Timothy and Titus, you'll be aware that there are at least four faithful sayings which he had given. These faithful sayings are a summary of Paul’s teaching on the Christian life. It is said that these were cherished sayings and often quoted during the early church by preachers and teachers. The term “faithful saying” means “a teaching that is true and worthy of belief.” Let us take a closer look at these four faithful sayings Paul.
I. Paul’s Faithful Saying on SALVATION (I Timothy 1:15)
A. It is said that this is the verse that actually started the modern missionary movement. A Baptist pastor in England by the name of Andrew Fuller believed that the gospel was for everyone. He believed that that it needed to be preached at home and everywhere. Thus, he strongly campaigned for and supported British foreign missions. (See Luke 5:32; 19:10)
B. Andrew Fuller was minister at his church in Kettering, where the Baptist Missionary Society was formed in 1792. The first missionaries, William Carey and John Thomas, were sent by Baptist Missionary Society to Bengal, India in 1793.
C. Is the message of the Gospel is worthy of all acceptation? Absolutely! Because the Gospel is worthy of all acceptation, Paul who was a chief sinner was saved by the Gospel. Even the worst criminal can be forgiven and saved. Paul obtained mercy – he did not get what he deserved (I Tim. 1:16; Tit. 3:5).
II. Paul’s Faithful Saying on SUFFERING (I Timothy 4:9-10)
A. If you do anything for Christ, you will suffer rejection and persecution. If you do not want to be criticized and despised, don’t do anything for Christ. In the ministry as well as in any worthwhile endeavor, the saying stands: “No pain, no gain.”
B. Notice three important verbs in v.10 – labour, suffer and trust. Trusting in the living God is not always easy and happy as some have imagined. It also involves laboring and suffering for Christ’s sake & glory (Heb. 6:10; II Tim. 3:12).
C. The Christian’s attitude to suffering is one of patience and hope (Jas. 5:10; I Cor. 4:12).
III. Paul’s Faithful Saying on RETRIBUTION (II Timothy 2:11-13)
A. II Tim. 2:11 is explained by verses like the following: Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:3. We are already dead to sin and yet alive in Christ (Rom 6:11). We are to live for Christ, walk in the Spirit; and not in the flesh (II Cor. 5:15; Gal. 5:24).
B. II Tim 2:12a is best explained by the following verses: (Rom. 8:17; I Pet. 4:13).
C. The denial spoken of in II Tim 2:12b has nothing to do with our salvation which is by grace, but with our inheritance which depends on our good works and spiritual walk (Gal. 5:19-21).
D. II Tim 2:13 assures us that even when we become unfaithful, the Lord is still faithful and cannot deny us which are part of his body (Eph. 5:30).
IV. Paul’s Faithful Saying on TESTIMONY (Titus 3:8)
A. To “affirm constantly” here means “to insist strongly and repeatedly as a solemn duty.”