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2 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 1

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1-3 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day, 

 

2Tim 1-1,2

(12j) Servant >> Bond servant >> Salutations – Paul was a spiritual father to Timothy, denoting spiritual affection that ran very deeply between those who worked together in teaching and preaching the Kingdom of God. This was not a business venture to Paul; these were matters of the heart, though spiritual affection goes even beyond emotions. A person doesn’t need to shed a tear and still be spiritually affectionate toward his fellow saints. This salutation was very common in Paul’s letters, "Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord," if he didn’t begin this way with every letter he wrote. Mercy is our introduction into the Kingdom of God, grace is the means God has given us to invest our lives into His kingdom, and peace is the result of our investment. Of all the fruits of the Spirit, peace may be the most important, especially among those who are working to establish God’s Church in a world of evil. Someone might ask why love is not the most important fruit of the Spirit. Love is like a suitcase, and inside the suitcase reside all the other fruits of the Spirit. Love is a more generic term that refers to all the other fruits that are listed in descending order of importance (Gal 5-22,23). These fruits are what make heaven heavenly, and they are critical to the Church in the world. The problem with the world, if people are not born-again, all they can do is simulate the fruits of the Spirit, but they cannot actually produce them, and to simulate these fruits has very little value. The world recognizes peace in contrast to war, but the biblical term of “peace” is a state of mind. Since we have the Spirit of peace dwelling in us and have given control of our lives to the Holy Spirit, He is able to generate peace in us that is real. These are the things that God wants us to possess. They come from God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit directly interfacing with us. If we possess the fruits of the Spirit, it proves that He dwells in us.

2Tim 1-1

(71g) Authority >> Ordained by God >> Ordained by His sovereign will >> God chooses you -- These verses go with verses 11

(205e) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> According to promise >> Promise of eternal life

(248b) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> The will of God >> God exercises His will

(254d) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> We live because He is life >> God gives life to our faith in Jesus – The book of Second Timothy was written for the sake of life in Christ Jesus. What does it mean when Jesus has come to give us life? Obviously, He’s referring to the life of the Spirit, who has become available to us through His cross. Without the cross God would have no occasion to give us His Spirit, but now that we believe in Jesus’ blood sacrifice on the cross to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, God uses our faith as a contract, giving us the right to possess His Spirit, who is the life of God. We had a body and a soul, and now we also have a spirit, whom we received from God, who is integrated into our spirit to define us as Christians from the inside out. Now we are complete: body soul and spirit, even as God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and it is the Spirit that we have in common with Him. The Holy Spirit is an aspect of God’s deity. We are His abode and He is a characteristic of us, and we are a characteristic of Him. The Holy Spirit dwelling in us has introduced us to Christ's deity. This doesn’t make us an aspect of God; rather, we are witnesses of His deity.

2Tim 1-3

(60c) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> My clear conscience ministers to Christ / The way to a clear conscience

(81j) Thy kingdom come >> Pray without ceasing >> For the Church

(82c) Thy kingdom come >> Three elements of prayer >> Direction (Attitude) >> Who to pray for – Paul is in prison as he writes this letter to Timothy; he says that he prays for Timothy night and day. It is very difficult to remain in a perpetual state of prayer, but this is what Paul taught and it is how he lived. He directed many of his prayers to Timothy, who was such a man of God that Paul could trust him with his very life, his very soul, with the Church. Keep in mind that Paul is not writing to any one church, but to Timothy, who was not involved in any one church but followed behind Paul in his evangelism efforts before he was incarcerated and continued teaching the new converts in the ways of God. Timothy was not just a good servant; he was also well versed in the Scripture and had a deep faith. If Timothy was such a man as this, then why did Paul pray for him night and day? Why didn’t Paul pray for people struggling in their faith? Jesus taught in Matt 25:29, “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” This principle applies both in the spiritual realm as well as in the natural realm, particularly regarding the economy. Those with money find it easy to make more money, but those without find it difficult. Poor people have a tendency to remain poor and rich people have a tendency to become richer. It works the same way in the spiritual realm. This is the only principle of Scripture that is symmetrical with both the natural and the spiritual realms; all other kingdom principles are in direct opposition to the ways of the world. Timothy was a very rich man, spiritually, and for this reason Paul prayed for him night and day. Money makes money, and a man such as Timothy who had a powerful anointing made for a deeper and richer anointing as he worked the grace of God into his life.

(151h) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> Men of faith – His forefathers, who are they? These are the patriarchs of our faith, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to name a few, referring to some of the holy and righteous men of Paul's Jewish heritage throughout the generations that have been recorded. Now he is following in their footsteps, who all served God in their conscience.

(155b) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Conscience >> Having a good conscience >> Conscience bears witness of our good behavior

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4&5 longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.

 

2Tim 1-4,5

(123j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Being in love with the body of Christ >> Weeping in the Spirit – Sincere of faith forms the ceiling of our trust in our fellow believers. A person can have a sincere faith and make huge mistakes, and we can still trust them because of their sincerity, but an insincere person tries all the harder not to make mistakes for fear of being exposed. Many people in the Church appear righteous before men, but they don’t have a sincere bone in their bodies, and so how do we judge sincerity, by how many tears they cry, by their emotions? No, we recognize genuine sincerity only through the spiritual gift of discernment! Some say we are not to judge at all, but that is a misinterpretation of Scripture. We are not to judge according to the flesh but to judge with righteous judgment (Jn 7-24). We must discern sincerity, because it can be fabricated. Sincerity of heart is the most treasured possession in the believer; there is nothing more valuable than that. The person who is truly sincere in heart knows that this treasure cannot be duplicated, replicated or reproduced in any way if he loses it. Sincerity of faith must be protected at all costs.

2Tim 1-4

(125g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy >> Joy is the result of unity

2Tim 1,5-10

(98g) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> (Faith à Suffering à Glory of Christ) >> The resurrection

2Tim 1-5,6

(238i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachers "remind" their students >> Prevention against forgetting

2Tim 1-5

(36j) Gift of God >> Inheritance >> We are heirs through sanctification

(78d) Thy kingdom come >> Sincerity >> Taking God to heart >> Having a genuine heart – Paul mentioned Timothy’s immediate family, that he came from a house of sincere faith. Paul vouched for him, and his sincerity of heart was responsible for all the godly traits in his life. Without sincerity, none of them would have come near him. Without sincerity of heart, we are just another worldly person who happens to believe certain doctrines of the Bible, but a sincere person will attempt to instill those doctrines in his heart and fashion his life around them. If we could extract sincerity from our faith, we would be extracting faith from our hearts, for there would be nothing left. Sincerity is the platform of our faith; without sincerity faith cannot exist. Sincerity varies from believer to believer, and their faithfulness varies according to it, as does their loyalty, commitment and devotion. We cannot go beyond our sincerity of heart, for sincerity acts as a ceiling to our prayers and as a ceiling to our understanding of God’s word. We cannot commit ourselves to Christ beyond our level of sincerity. Paul’s level of commitment to Christ was through the roof, and it was based on his sincerity of heart. Paul loved Timothy as his own son because they had sincerity of faith in common, and Paul could trust him with his life. Jesus was real to them, and it was the most important thing in their lives.

(106b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Knowing the sound of His voice >> Having confidence in His voice

(208b) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The kindness of God >> You and your household shall be saved – Paul knew Timothy’s whole family; they were all believers and they were all very devout in their faith. So, this was a heritage in Timothy’s family to serve the Lord. This doesn’t imply, however, that parents and grandparents who have gone to the same church are guaranteed spiritual sons and daughters, but if you “train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov 22:6). Although there are no guarantees, if you lead your offspring to Jesus, there is a much greater chance they will follow Him than if you don’t.

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6 For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

 

2Tim 1,6-8

(111f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the power (meaning) of God >> Word in obedience cannot evade the power of God – The purpose of the anointing is to manifest the power of God and the love of God, and to help us discipline our bodies as Paul said in 1Cor 9-27, subjecting it to the will of God. In so doing the Spirit in Paul was allowed to grow and become a greater influence in the world, manifesting in ways that were effective in promoting the Kingdom of God. Timidity is the first sign of a lack of anointing in that the first sign is boldness. When we look at the apostles who initially brought the word of God to the people, it says in Act 4-13, “Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” Boldness is one of the main traits of the anointing, and is just another word for confidence. We have been persuaded not by human means, but by the power of the Holy Spirit. He places His anointing on our lives so we can believe the truth by an act of God and not of men. With the anointing God will give us the confidence to believe in Him in a way that everybody will know that we have been with Jesus, in reference to prayer. Jesus ascended 2000 years ago and He hasn’t been back since, not physically, but He sent His Spirit in His place, and we access Him through prayer, coupled with diligent study in the Scriptures.

2Tim 1-6,7

(35h) Gift of God >> God gives Himself to us >> The anointing – The Old Testament often mentions the anointing, but when we get to the New Testament, the word almost completely disappears, except in 1Jn 2-20,27, but that doesn’t mean it went away. On the contrary the New Testament refers to the anointing far more than the Old Testament. For example, Pentecost was an event that revolved around the anointing. Some may argue and that Pentecost was the event that introduced the indwelling Holy Spirit to the Church, but this is simply not the case. For one thing it says at Pentecost the Spirit rested upon the people, which is vastly different from dwelling in them, suggesting that the anointing is meant not for the inner-man, but for the outer-man, that is, for the sake of materializing our faith, hence manifesting the Kingdom of God in this world. Jesus spoke of this when He said, “He abides with you and will be in you” (Jn 14-17). Every Christian has the indwelling Holy Spirit, being the definition of salvation, and technically every Christian also has an anointing, being the definition of Christians (anointed ones).

(132g) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Filled with the Spirit >> Filled with the power of God -- These verses go with verse 14. The strength of anointing on each person is a function of God’s grace coupled with our faithfulness to the word of God and prayer in obeying the Holy Spirit. Paul said that the gift of God is in us, referring to the indwelling Holy Spirit, and we said that the anointing pertains to the Holy Spirit ministering to our outer form. Since the beginning of the Church at Pentecost, God has expected us to develop an anointing in the process of living out our faith over the years, meaning He expects the seed that He posited in us to grow, influencing every facet of our lives until it materializes through the members of our bodies. The gift of God within us is the seed that God initially placed in our hearts on the day of our spiritual birth; we are to kindle it afresh as we would stir coals in a fire, “through the laying on of my hands.” Paul's hands were instruments he used to manifest his anointing and to instill that anointing in others, that it may reproduce in the children of God and become an influence in the Church, overtaking the sinful nature.

(230f) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking >> Partaking of the ministry of the saints

2Tim 1-6

(4h) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Everyone who has shall more be given – See commentary at 2Tim 1-3. 

(82a) Thy kingdom come >> Three elements of prayer >> Direction (Attitude) >> What to pray for

(100f) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in working the grace of God -- This verse goes with verses 13&14

(104d) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through the fiery anointing – Many people in the Church have heard about the anointing, but most have not been properly taught what Scripture says about it. It is extensively written in the Old Testament, particularly in the description of old covenant temple worship. They had perfume called anointing oil, which they used to anoint the high priest before he entered the temple, suggestive of the fact that heaven is a very fragrant place. The high priest wore the anointing oil to perform the annual sacrifice in propitiation for the sins of the people. Also the prophet Samuel anointed kings Saul and David, taking the anointing oil and pouring it over their heads so their whole bodies emulated the aroma of heaven. David was a great man before Samuel anointed him (he was only a boy at the time), suggesting that Samuel’s anointing was merely a sign of God’s anointing that He had previously placed on the destined king of Israel. The fragrance of the natural anointing eventually wore-off, though David’s spiritual anointing from God remained on him throughout his life.

(115h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Laying on of hands >> Bestowing the Holy Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 14. Paul told Timothy to work the grace of God that he received through the laying on of his hands. This depicts an ongoing process of transferring power from one individual to another. Paul wrote about the gift of God through the laying on of hands in his first epistle to Timothy. It may not be often mentioned throughout the Scriptures, but to Timothy Paul reminded him many times to kindle afresh the gift of God. Timothy’s ministry and strength of spirit emanated from this gift. What was the gift? Timothy could have sought God for himself and God would have empowered him with the spiritual ability (an anointing) to perform the will of God. The anointing is a fire that is burning in your heart, and your calling is to keep it alive by continuously adding fuel to it without dousing it. The fuel of the anointing is obedience, primarily the obedience of prayer. The difference between starting a fire from scratch and receiving hot embers from God is the laying on of Paul’s hand. It is so much easier than starting a fire from scratch. Paul told Timothy to never allow the fire of God’s love to die in him, because if it did, there was no guarantee he would ever get the fire going again. This gift did not enable Timothy to do anything special or unique; all it did was enable him to seek the Lord. When you receive a gift from God such as this, you don’t sit on your hands and wait for God, anymore than you sit around and wait for an ember to catch fire. You must fan the flames through the word of God and prayer and through following the Holy Spirit wherever He leads you. You have to do something to make this fire hot. You must work the grace of God! This combines the works of men with the works of God, fusing the two together. Now they are no longer the works of men nor the works of God, but a composite of the two. This is when we begin to see miracles, signs and wonders happen. An example of working the grace of God is when Moses held out his staff and God did the rest, yet had Moses not held out his staff, the waters would not have parted. The goal of the anointing is to instill power, love and a sound mind into the believer. Power is primarily for boldness; love is primarily for one another, and a sound mind is primarily for a proper understanding of God’s word. As we discipline ourselves to do His will, God is there to strengthen us. Note that timidity is the opposing force that can disable the anointing and break the spirit of love in our lives. Timidity says, ‘I can’t do these things, so I might just sit back down,’ so timidity is related to laziness.

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7&8 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,

 

2Tim 1-7,8

(242g) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Worldly pressure >> World pressures you to forsake God -- These verses go with verse This verse goes with verses 12

2Tim 1-7

(5a) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Disciples chasten themselves

(23k) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of the unknown >> The fear of fear – Nobody is able to put their finger on the true nature of fear. We know fear is the most destructive emotion in the range of human emotions, but nobody really knows why it is so destructive. We just know that it is the opposite of love, and love is an active word; it is something that constantly strives to demonstrate itself in order for it to prove its validity. Therefore, fear strives to do the same only for the opposite reason. Fear has a stifling effect; it causes us to cower and look for a dark corner to hide.

(78m) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> God renews your mind by His Spirit

(124g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Acts of love >> Love cherishes discipline

(188a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Dying to self takes discipline

2Tim 1,8-14

(229ib) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Partaking of Jesus’ suffering >> Promoting the gospel causes suffering

2Tim 1,8-10 

(30j) Gift of God >> He favors you by His gracious choice of you – God is not interested in our righteousness, though He expects us to have works of righteousness, yet we are not to trust in ourselves but in God. Our righteousness proves our faith in His righteousness. We don’t put trust in our own goodness but trust the righteousness of God through Christ to save us from every form of evil, including our own. It is comforting to know that God has chosen us from all eternity. If there were a beginning to eternity, God has chosen us before that, and He has called us with a holy calling to partake of His Son and to participate in His suffering after He has “abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” When we think of Christ abolishing death in His flesh on the cross through His resurrection, we would think every person would want to be a Christian, but not everybody thinks about death. Some people are too afraid to think about it; they just don’t want to deal with it, and receiving Jesus as their Lord and Savior is the essence of dealing with death, and it is the only way to deal with it. In the process, He “brought life and immortality to light.” These two go together, for just as the opposite of darkness is light, so the opposite of death is life. Darkness is death and life is light.

(117g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Vision >> Real-eyes God’s purpose for the Church >> Understand Jesus' vision of the Church

(210a) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus saved from death by submitting to the cross – It is interesting that Paul would even say, “Do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.” Why would we be ashamed of Him? He showed weakness! We are not to be ashamed of His weakness, who seemingly was unable to do anything against His enemies. The world took advantage of Him and mistreated Him and hung Him on a cross to die. His cross shows us what it means to be a Christian in a world of evil. We are not to defend ourselves with violence against our enemies, with those who would persecute us, and desire to harm us, and kill us. We are not to raise a hand against them, because that is not what Jesus did. They raised their hand against the Lord and subdued Him, and they considered themselves to be mightier than Him. When He rose from the dead, He didn't reveal Himself to His enemies, because what He did was not about them but was about the people whom He would call from this present darkness into His marvelous light. He has commanded us to live the same way that He did and to let the word of God be our only defense, which is enough to overcome our enemies. There are people who don’t care about their conscience, and they will persecute us, some to the death, but we will live again, and those who are watching, who hear the word of God and see our faith will get saved. God is teaching Satan and the world a lesson, and He is training us to be like Jesus, who didn’t lift His hand against His enemies but allowed them to destroy themselves by their own wickedness.

(246b) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal bondage to Christ

2Tim 1-8

(11n) Servant >> Paul’s example of devotion

(95l) Thy kingdom come >> Positive attitude about suffering >> Suffering under the hand of God -- This verse goes with verse 12. Paul recommended that we suffer according to the power of God, but not to be a masochist about it. Wielding the power of God automatically brings about suffering, in that it manifests the Kingdom of God in this failing world. The power of God is His word spoken by the Spirit. If we can do that, we will walk by the power of God and suffer by the will of God. Suffering goes along with the territory of serving God. Religious people avoid suffering, but if we want to be truly spiritual, we will not be accepted by most people, suggesting we will likely serve God alone. He tells us to suffer according to the power of God, and it is this very power that causes our suffering, creating a cycle of strength driven by suffering. God gives us his strength, which we put to work in our lives, and we suffer for it through various forms of persecution, and through that suffering God strengthens us.

(122d) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in God to keep you -- This verse goes with verse 12

(144b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church bears witness of Jesus >> It bears witness of the cross – This is one of many verses that prosperity teachers intentionally ignore, because it testifies against their belief system, which revolves around taking what they can from the gospel, instead of investing into it like Paul did and taught us to do. Col 1-24 says, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions.” Jesus suffered for us, but that is not sufficient; we too must ante-up the kitty, which is a large caldron that must be filled before Jesus returns. He anted in his suffering, and now it’s our turn to ante our suffering into the pot to help fill to overflowing to protect the gospel that it might spread to more and more people in purity and holiness of the truth. Without our suffering, the truth becomes the first casualty of war, and we are in a war, and there has been no war that didn’t involve suffering. We are fighting a spiritual war, and the suffering is often on a spiritual plane, thought it can spill into the natural realm through persecution in various ways. Paul is saying not to resist suffering for the gospel but to embrace it, for if we are not suffering, then we are not living for God, nor do we know the truth. Knowing the truth in this world automatically guarantees suffering; therefore, how much more suffering is involved in living the truth?

(153l) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Living for Jesus exposes sin >> Suffering shame for the cause of righteousness -- This verse goes with verse 12. Paul said he was a prisoner of Christ, meaning he was in jail and was suffering there, and he was telling Timothy not to be ashamed of him or of the Lord, who also suffered greatly at the hands of sinners. He entreated Timothy to suffer with those who have given their lives for the advancement of the gospel, according to the power of God, and he tells us to do the same. By the time we read this passage, far more people will have suffered over the centuries, giving us many more examples of true Christianity to imitate, that we might do our part to secure the gospel of Christ in our own generation. Paul was asking this of Timothy, but meant more than proclaiming the gospel; he also meant stabilizing the churches, helping the people believe the truth and leading them in the right direction by good example.

(188e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering >> Suffering the will of God in your life -- This verse goes with verse 12. “Suffering” is a word that only the disciples of Jesus can accept. The great throngs of people who come to church as an appeal to God for a comfortable life want nothing to do with this word. There is no difference between their religion and the pagan religions spread evenly throughout the world. People who hold to a masochistic philosophy such as Hinduism do things for God so He might do them a favor, but Christianity is not built on these tenets. We cannot do God a favor, simply because He doesn’t need anything from us. Isaiah 66-1 says, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being, declares the LORD.’” Jesus died for our sins; He did us a favor, and we owe Him our lives. If our faith causes us to suffer, then so be it. He came to live in a body of sin for thirty-three years and put up with the daily temptations of His flesh and with sinners and all the difficulties that are part of this life. He didn’t have to do any of it, but He did it for us. Moreover, God answers prayer, not as a favor but according to His gracious promises. When a father gives his son a new bike, he does not do it as a favor but from love. Doing someone a favor is based on altruism, which acts apart from self-interest, whereas love has the interest of the person in mind.

(216f) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Compelled by the Spirit >> God forces His bond-servants to do His will


9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 

 

2Tim 1-9,10

(140a) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> The doorway – The New Jerusalem is a gated community with a very high wall around it made of costly stones, and that wall has a door through which we all must pass in order to enter the great city, and the door is Christ. Jesus said, “I am the door” (Jn 10-9). John said of this wall, “Outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie” (Rev 22:15). 

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2Tim 1-9

(31i) Gift of God >> Grace >> Having the ability to respond to the word

(31k) Gift of God >> Gift of His grace >> Grace is the work of God Paul talked more about the grace of God than anybody, analyzing the words of Christ and arriving at a gospel that was quite different from other New Testament writers. He remedied legalism that he fought so hard in his day with his fellow countrymen the Jews, who were steeped in legalism, who misguidedly believed that following the Law of Moses promised the favor of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, that is, not according to what we do with His strength. God does not save us according to our willingness or ability to serve Him. Rather, He has called us “according to His own purpose and grace, which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.” That is a good thing, because so many times we let down our Lord, and it’s hard to say if any of us are serving Him the way He called us. It’s a good thing He doesn’t save us according to our works. Rather, God has His own reasons for choosing some who believe in Jesus’ blood sacrifice on the cross to wash away their sins, but refuse to serve Him. There will be many people like this in heaven who never served the Lord. This further demonstrates God’s grace and mercy. God has a purpose for everything and many of His purposes are not intended for us, but for Himself, just like we often have purposes that are intended for ourselves and not for our children. We like to think that everything God does is for our own benefit, but not everything is about us. God also does things for His own sake.

(91b) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> God’s purpose is an inherent component of His calling >> God’s eternal purpose – God’s purpose is an inherent component of our faith in Christ. So long as we believe in Him, His purpose is fulfilled. Our salvation is not based on works but on His purpose and grace. Jesus Christ was crucified before the foundation of the world; the cross was predestined to Him from all eternity. Salvation is therefore based on His blood sacrifice through our faith in the cross to forgive our sin. With an attitude of faith and love toward God we cannot commit a sin and lose our salvation by mistake or through the weakness of temptation. None of these things lead to blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and the reprobate mind. So long as we love God with all our hearts and seek to please Him, we cannot sin of the kind that leads to death.

(91f) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> Walking along the narrow way >> Walking in God’s calling is to fulfill His purpose – God’s calling and choosing is proof that He will fulfill His purpose in our lives. That doesn’t mean we idly fulfill God’s purpose just by being Christians. If we love God with all our hearts and believe in Jesus for eternal life, inherent within our faith is an ability to hear the Holy Spirit and do what He says. We have been given a Spirit that longs to do the will of God. In the end, our salvation has nothing to do with our works, “but is according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.” We do not hope our works will earn favor with God; rather, we believe God is so good that He sent His Son to die for us, and we accept His suffering as full payment for our sins, and this is what saves us. Consequently, we strive to please Him because we love and respect Him. The fact that we walk the narrow way and listen to the Holy Spirit, proves our faith; for if we can’t prove our faith, then we are just fooling ourselves, and we don’t really believe in God at all.

(92a) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> The good works that He prepared for us – Obeying the Holy Spirit will drive us into the will of God, for we have a holy calling to walk along the narrow way. As we voyage this trail He will fill our hands with good works that He has prepared for us. This is our calling. The day we got saved we wished we would die right then and there so we could go to heaven and be with the Lord, but since we are still here God wants to direct our feet and fill our hands with good works. As we journey through life we make a trail behind us, and we begin to realize that there must also be a trail in front of us. We squint to see the trail, but more likely we will hear it through the directing voice of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes he tells us to do something that can take years to accomplish, and in the process we stumble on a litany of things to do, and so He plots the course of our lives. We would have never been in the right place had we not answered the call and obeyed His voice and launched in a certain direction that led to those good works. Many people were encouraged, saved and enlightened by the work of God in our lives.

(106o) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Purpose of hearing from God >> God ordains our calling

(115c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through your ministry >> Through your calling >> To build up the body of Christ

(133f) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> The body of Christ is holy >> God has made His people holy

(205a) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> According to promise >> God never changes

(205i) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> Faith versus works >> The faith of God versus the faith of men >> Faith is the work of God

(218k) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> Man is a spectator of his own salvation >> We are chosen before the foundation of the world

(219j) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Predestination >> God’s calling is our destiny

(244a) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> The Church shall reign with Christ forever

(247b) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> God’s interests >> God is interested in His people >> God is interested in our spiritual health

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10&11 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.

 

2Tim 1-10

(38f) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> God judged the world, the flesh and the devil

(39l) Judgment >> The essence of life defeated the essence of death – The epitome of life abolished death by dying in His flesh, and thus broke the power of sin and death over His own life. In the process of abolishing death He brought life and immortality to light, so that anyone who believes in Him will never die (Jn 11-26). When He said these things to the people of his time, they sounded strange, and Jesus never bothered to explain them, largely because no body asked. The explanation would have been so foreign that it wouldn’t have helped anyway. Once God sent the Holy Spirit, His disciple suddenly understood many things about the gospel that they didn’t understand while they walked with Him in the flesh.

(57b) Paradox >> Opposites >> Jesus destroyed death to give us life

(112h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Light exposes sin >> Light reveals hidden deeds

(172i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Scripture that contradicts the catholic faith >> Jesus never to die again >> Because He conquered death

(243j) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The indestructible kingdom >> The head of the body is indestructible >> Jesus is indestructible

(254f) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> Jesus is the substance of God’s life >> Jesus is the manifestation of God’s life – The Holy Spirit is the word of life, whom God clothed in human flesh, suggesting that the Holy Spirit and Christ are one and the same. The way Jesus spoke, there is no way to separate Him from the Holy Spirit, just like no one can separate us from the love of God or pull the Holy Spirit from born-again believers. John spoke more about the trinity than any other writer in the Bible. He used keywords such as “life”, “light” and “truth.” These words are synonyms with each other by virtue of the trinity. John used these keywords to summarize entire chapters that he wrote in his gospel that dovetail with many of Paul’s writings. They are all pointing to the concept of Jesus Christ in the form of the Holy Spirit. When he talks about life being manifested, he is referring to two things at once. God raised Jesus from the dead, so we can understand that he was talking about the life of Christ, yet he was also referring to eternal life. Our future is determined by the eternal life that God placed in us the day of our spiritual birth. On that day He mixed His Spirit with our spirit, being made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus’ flesh on the cross to forgive our sins, so that God could have fellowship with us. This spiritual manner of fellowship is not a temporary setup, but a permanent relationship that God has established with us and will remain throughout eternity, being the very essence of heaven! John said that our fellowship is also with the Father, suggesting that the Holy Spirit is not only the carbon copy of Christ, but also of the Father, again, illustrating the trinity. As the Holy Spirit is eternal and lives with God, so whatever destiny the Holy Spirit has, we have too, because we are inexorably linked to Him, and whatever destiny Jesus has we also have, because the Holy Spirit and Christ are one and the same. 

2Tim 1-11,12

(152a) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Apostles >> Enduring hardship proves apostleship – Paul said that he was not ashamed; that is, he did not give into the attitude the world tried to impose on him. The world hoped that he would accept their shame because of what they did to him, but in his mind they did not whip him because of any wrong he had done but because of their wrong. He was trying to tell them about Jesus and they wouldn’t listen. Paul would not accept the shame of the world; their shame was their own, and his shame was his own. Ananias prayed over Saul when he was first saved, but he had misgivings and asked the Lord, ‘This is Saul of Tarsus, the avenger of Christianity?’ The Lord answered and said, “Go… for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name's sake” (Act 9-15,16). Paul’s oppressors during his ministry were the very kind of people of Saul prior to his conversion. He suffered all the things he used to do to Christians; and so when they were beating him, it was like God saying, ‘This is how it felt when you had them beaten and murdered, not only to your fellow Christians but also how it felt to Me.’ It was part of God’s justice that he should experience torture and imprisonment after he dedicated his life to torturing others. Whatever we do to innocent people will be done to us, and God will receive the glory for it in his righteous justice. Look at the results of Paul’s ministry that was accomplished through great affliction against his person; he couldn’t have accomplished these things without suffering; they go hand-in-hand in this world.

2Tim 1-11 

(71g) Authority >> Ordained by God >> Ordained by His sovereign will >> God chooses you -- These verses go with verses 1. Paul didn’t ask for this; he was appointed; he was on his way to arrest Christians in Damascus when the Lord met him on the road and changed his life and turned him 180 degrees, so that instead of searching for Christians to arrest, he now searched for human souls to convert to the same faith that he once persecuted. He was ordained like a king might use his scepter to ordain his loyal servants to give them his authority to accomplish the work he sent him to do. Ordained is to be vested with power to accomplish the king’s task. He was confronted, converted, transformed and ordained into ministry to serve the living God as a preacher, an apostle and a teacher. These three are equidistant from each other. Our current understanding of a preacher these days is someone who preaches a sermon from the pulpit and puts a spin on it, trying to make it relevant to our day, but what Paul meant by preacher was evangelist, those who convert unbelievers to the faith, and then begins his apostolic ministry as he mixes the people together into one church. Once they begin to understand that they are members of one body, Paul puts on his third hat as a teacher to lead them into the knowledge of Christ in all the fullness of understanding.

(239i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> The gift of teaching >> Teachers are a gift to the body

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12 For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

 

2Tim 1,12-14

(7g) Responsibility >> Protecting the gospel >> Defending your territory – This is a favorite verse for many because of the encouragement of hope it offers to continue in the faith. It teaches that while God is protecting our faith from the destructive powers of the devil, we are protecting the anointing from the corruption of the world, a dynamic duo working together for a single cause, to promote the Kingdom of God in the world.

(111aa) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit sets you apart by the word >> Set apart by His grace

2Tim 1-12

(28a) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> The protector of our faith Paul was convinced that God was able to guard his faith to make sure he didn’t believe something false or toil in vain or run in the wrong direction. 

(95l) Thy kingdom come >> Positive attitude about suffering >> Suffering under the hand of God -- This verse goes with verse 8

(109b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Revelations of the Holy Spirit >> Revelation of the gift of God – It is no wonder people have a hard time understanding Christianity; it is complicated, but thank God for the Bible. In some ways it is a strange relationship we have with our Maker. We can open the Bible and read what it says and believe the things that are written, and we believe it with a human faith, which must accompany obedience, otherwise we don’t believe it. Our obedience according to what we believe acts as a token, an appeal to God for His salvation, and in response He deposits a Spirit of faith in us (2Cor 4-13) and commands us to hold onto it for the rest of our lives until death, and then He will take us home to live with Him forever. What did Paul do? After God gave him this Spirit of faith, Paul entrusted His faith to God, saying, ‘Lord, I don’t trust myself; I want you to hold onto this for me,’ and God said ‘Okay.’ Salvation is like a bank where God holds our faith for us (our treasure); meanwhile, we use both hands to toil and suffer and strive to fulfill God’s plan and purpose for our lives. We cannot do His will on our own; we need His strength to help us remain faithful for life. Therefore, we see a concerted effort on both sides, Paul guarding the anointing and God guarding his faith. We can’t do it alone and God won’t do it alone.

(122d) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in God to keep you -- This verse goes with verse 16

(153l) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Living for Jesus To the world and even to many of the saints Paul was so committed to his faith that it was embarrassing. He was such a fanatic. He took extreme measures in the manner in which he lived, but Paul said, “I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and am convinced that he is able to guard that which I have entrusted to him until that day.” What Paul entrusted to God was his entire natural life in the flesh for the sake of the Kingdom of God. It was his offering; he sacrificed it all. He did not reserve anything for himself. This level of commitment was not something anyone else did, not even the other apostles made a commitment to the extent that Paul did, but then this was Paul. He was a man on a mission, completely committed to his cause even as a Pharisee prior to his conversion, but now he had the Spirit of Truth, and he ran with God as hard as he could and never looked back.   

(188e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering >> Suffering the will of God in your life -- This verse goes with verse 8

(208j) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> Knowing God >> Sharing intimacy with Him

(226e) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> Our life is reserved for us in heaven Paul is not ashamed of the exhaustive commitment he made to the gospel. He was utterly committed to spreading the word of God and to loving the disciples and leading the Church. He wanted to make sure when he got to heaven and stood before God, that he would have no regrets, so that God would say to him, “'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful in a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord'” (Matt 25:21). 

(228h) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God works in you to keep you in His will – The things we entrust to God are the very things He has entrusted to us. That is, what He gives to us we give right back to Him, but we don’t exactly give it back to Him, and He doesn’t exactly give it to us. He reveals His ministry in our lives and leads us to fulfill it, yet we don’t do it through our strength but through His strength. So it is not really us doing it but Him doing it through us, and it is not Him doing it but we are doing it through Him. We are both fulfilling His purpose together, each doing our part in accomplishing the mission. Paul didn’t just suffer the physical pain of being beaten, whipped and imprisoned; he also endured the mental anguish that accompanied these things, according to 2Cor 2-4, and as he mentioned in 2Cor 11-28 (starting from verse 23). Couldn’t he just have placed his concerns for the Church on Christ? He did, according to Phi 4-6,7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” On a practical level, though, we must come to a point of anxiety before we can give that anxiety to Him. It doesn’t really work to give Him our anxiety before we become burdened and troubled in heart. So there will be mental anguish in doing God’s will.

(242g) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Worldly pressure >> World pressures you to forsake God -- This verse goes with verses 7&8

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13&14 Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.

 

2Tim 1-13,14

(100f) Thy kingdom come >> Diligence >> Diligence in working the grace of God -- These verses go with verse 6

2Tim 1-13

(11f) Servant >> The word of God is our standard of truth – After reminding Timothy of the commitment he made to God, Paul charged him with retaining that same standard by incorporating it into his own life, using again the words: faith and love. These are the words he used throughout his first letter to Timothy. Obviously it was important to Paul, but more than that, they are at the very center of the gospel and at the center of God’s character, describing His very nature, in that love is a manifestation of faith.

(89b) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Wisdom corresponds with logical reasoning

(125b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Faith and love >> Faith toward God and love toward man – Paul used the word “standard” to mean an approved model and described the duet of “faith and love” as a unit. They work together to glorify each other, like the Father glorifies the son as the son glorifies the Father (Jn 13-31,32), so faith produces love and love is the manifestation of faith. These two act as the standard for Christianity. There was a standard for Timothy’s preaching; he was not to digress into deep theological discussion but to remain on the foundation of Christianity and not to move from it. No doubt there were people who tried to sidetrack him into other subjects that do not elucidate the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, but being the spiritual offspring of Paul the great evangelist, apostle and teacher, Timothy “did not yield in subjection to them for even an hour, so that the truth of the gospel would remain with you” (Gal 2-5).

2Tim 1-14

(5b) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Disciples are soldiers in God’s army – The treasure is the anointing. The anointing is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in your life. Keep this verse in context with 2Tim 1-12, which essentially says that Christ is able to guard your salvation to the end of this life. He wants us to guard the Holy Spirit through the Holy Spirit. So while Christ is guarding our salvation, we are guarding the manifestation of our salvation.

(68e) Authority >> Jesus Delegates the Holy Spirit to us >> Sent from heaven

(113m) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Guard the anointing – Timothy had a Spirit common with Paul and a unique treasure tailor-made just for him, and this treasure was the anointing. The anointing is a composite of both God and man working together to accomplish a single goal, and the anointing is the manner in which that goal is met. The treasure may be understood as a gift, but not in reference to the gifts of the Spirit outlined in First Corinthians chapter 12. We use the anointing to guard the anointing. Timothy’s willingness to obey the Holy Spirit was his means of receiving this treasure from God. The only words the Holy Spirit is willing to speak are those from God. The Holy Spirit and the word of God work in tandem, just like faith and love. The Holy Spirit breathed the word of God into Timothy’s heart, who immediately put into action the things that God had spoken to him, and the action of obeying the Holy Spirit is called working the grace of God. These things are the manner in which we guard the treasure that has been entrusted to us. We guard the treasure by doing what He says; that is, disobedience puts our gift at risk. Our obedience puts a hedge around our treasured anointing and keeps man and demon from touching it. The four layers of the anointing comprise: the Holy Spirit speaking the word of God in our hearts, sincerity of faith, the hearing ear and working the grace of God to accomplish His will. This is how the anointing forms in our hearts and it is how we protect it.

(115h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Laying on of hands >> Bestowing the Holy Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 6. How does Timothy guard the treasure entrusted to him? He guards the treasure by making sure to manifest his faith primarily through love. He says to “guard [it] through the Holy Spirit.” The treasure itself is the anointing, so he’s saying to guard the Holy Spirit through the Holy Spirit. Guard the treasure by the treasure, and how did Timothy do this, by working the grace of God, the treasure of the anointing in our lives, the substance of faith that produces love.

(132g) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Filled with the Spirit >> Filled with the power of God -- This verse goes with verses 6&7

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15-18 You are aware of the fact that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains; 17 but when he was in Rome, he eagerly searched for me and found me- 18 the Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day -and you know very well what services he rendered at Ephesus.

 

2Tim 1,15-18

(14m) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers fill in the gaps >> They are always there when you need them

2Tim 1-15

(172f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Hypocrites among the just >> Talkers among the walkers – Paul suffered much hardship in Asia, and in the end he was abandoned; he didn’t take lightly being abandoned. When he and his friends remained confident and stood their ground, being strengthened by the Spirit through the word of God, showing great boldness in their speech that what they were saying they believed, God protected them from their enemies, but when his helpers abandoned him it often ended in Paul’s arrest, torture and imprisonment. When we stand our ground and don’t doubt but remain strong in faith, we too will outflank our enemies and preach the gospel of salvation that all may hear and be given a choice to believe in Jesus for eternal life. There would have been many souls entered the Kingdom of Heaven, and Paul could have established churches more in Asia. As it was, though, the people who were with Paul ran for their lives, and it communicated to their enemies that they had doubts, and if those preaching the gospel have doubts, how can the people believe whom they are trying to reach ?

(197k) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Man withers when he is in control >> Unfaithfulness >> Unfaithful to the brethren – Note that Paul didn’t ask God for mercy on the guys who deserted him, but named them. We live in a time when we are not allowed to name names in order to protect the people at fault, but Paul lived when political correctness and touchy-feely societies were not in vogue. If someone did something wrong, his name is coming out and no one was protecting him, but there is a difference between that and gossip. Paul named names to protect the Church from people who could not be trusted, whereas gossip is more a twisted form of entertainment at other people’s expense, most of whom are relatively innocent. When someone broke Paul’s trust, it was really hard to get it back. It was something he did not tolerate. Paul was not a man to easily accept failure, so those who worked with him had better hold up under pressure or he would never forget it. This happened to Mark; he too abandoned the apostle Paul (Act 15,36-41).

(199e) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Throwing God away >> Renouncing your faith

(239b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachers "remind" their students >> Recalling the circumstances -- This verse goes with verse 18

2Tim 1,16-18

(14i) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Helpers are Indirectly in charge of the word >> They minister to God's leaders – Onesiphorus looked for Paul and found him and ministered to him in his circumstances; this attitude was refreshing to Paul. For Onesiphorus to do this for a spokesman of the gospel of Christ made him indirectly in charge of God’s word. Onesiphorus understood the concept of the grace of God and sought to be a vessel of that grace. The proclamation of the gospel was persecuted back then, as was the practice of Christianity. Onesiphorus also ministered to people at Ephesus, taking it upon himself to go about the countryside helping and encouraging the leaders of God’s church, and became well known and respected among the saints. Paul made sure to honor him by naming him in his letter to Timothy for all generations to remember and follow his example of service.

(36a) Gift of God >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> To him who has shall more be given – Jesus said in Mat 13-12, “For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” In the Kingdom of Heaven not everyone will have an equal amount. However, in the world today people are seeking equality, but that is not how the Kingdom of Heaven operates, and the Kingdom of Heaven has the best possible order. God knows the best way to run a kingdom; some will have more than others, and the greatest are least and the least greatest. That will make for a great kingdom. In addition, notice what suffering Onesiphorus endured in order to serve Paul; he risked his life and sacrificed everything to do it. He could have enjoyed his life on vacation someplace with his family, on a fishing trip with his buddies. Instead, he devoted his life to the service of the saints, doing grunge work to give Paul what he needed. Those in heaven who will have more than others struggled and suffered in this life to receive what they have come to possess, and that takes faith, wisdom and commitment, and their reward is that they will become least of all in the Kingdom of Heaven and servant of all. Servants have the greatest positions in heaven.

(45c) Judgment >> God judges His people if they do not judge themselves >> Believer's Judgment >> God judges our walk in the Spirit >> He rewards us for bearing fruit – Paul’s prayer for Onesiphorus was that he would find mercy from God on that day; what day is that? Is it the day of the Lord, or is it the day of Onesiphorus’ death when he enters the Kingdom of Heaven and personally meets the Lord, or is it the day of the believers’ judgment? Is there a day prepared when God will judge His people? The short answer to that is yes; however, the Bible depicts many aspects of the believer’s judgment that will occur at different times and in various dimensions. For example, the day of our death will be a form of judgment in the sense that our new existence will not be as we had imagined. Then, the moment we step into the Kingdom of Heaven will be another phase of judgment in that it will not be as we expected. Most of us are familiar with the passage in Revelation that speaks about the Great White Throne Judgment, which is scheduled to occur on a certain “day.” There is also a believer’s judgment, but the Scriptures are not clear whether this event will occur on a certain day or on an individual basis, such as the moment we pass into eternity. One thing is certain: the first resurrection is scheduled to happen on a certain day, and it too is considered a form of judgment, for each of us will receive a body that reflects the level of faithfulness that we showed the Lord throughout our natural lives in the flesh, and for this reason we can see that the believers judgment and the resurrection of the righteous are one and the same event (see: 1Cor 3,12-15). Paul says in this verse that there is a day of grace and mercy coming for Onesiphorus and for all who have loved His appearing (2Tim 4-8).

(96d) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Positive attitude toward God >> Having a thankful attitude

(130e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Committed to holding up one another

(143i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Popularity >> Sought commendably >> Being sought for your relationship with God

(178c) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Presuming the facts about the circumstances >> Presumption interprets our observations – Onesiphorus was not ashamed of Paul’s chains, meaning there were some who looked down on Paul because he had chains dangling from his legs sitting in a dingy prison cell in Rome. It is unfortunate that some will look upon a person’s suffering and pass judgment on him, coming to the wrong conclusion that he must have done something to deserve his circumstances, but Onesiphorus was above all that. For one thing, he knew Paul that he wasn’t in prison for doing something wrong, but was there for preaching the gospel of Christ. Others can have this same knowledge and still pass judgment merely based on appearances. Onesiphorus knew he was a man of conscience and reputation, who was fully committed to the grace of God and service to others, having no reason to suspect him of wrongdoing.

(228a) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> Comforted >> God comforts you in times of adversity >> He comforts you in your suffering

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2Tim 1-16

(122d) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in God to keep you -- This verse goes with verse 8

2Tim 1-18

(239b) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachers "remind" their students >> Recalling the circumstances -- This verse goes with verse 15

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