Paul continues his second pastoral letter to Timothy, who was appointed overseer of the Ephesian church by the apostle himself, as part of God’s divine plan for the churches in Asia planted by Paul and fellow laborers according to His will.
The church in Ephesus was under attack by the enemy, by Gnostics and Judaizers alike acting on behalf of evil, out to mislead and destroy.
“8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God.” (2 Timothy 1:8)
A prisoner for Christ held under house arrest in Rome, Paul calls on Timothy to walk fearless with faith in Yeshua, the risen Lord and savior, that through Him and the Holy Spirit the word of God would be spread to the four corners of the earth, for all to embrace as good and holy truth.
“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 given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” (2 Timothy 1:9)
By grace, all believers are saved from the wages of sin, which is death. By faith those in Christ are promised a reward with eternal ramifications. By the will of God, of Yahweh, each of us is given the opportunity to fulfill a divinely appointed purpose.
“10 But has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. (2 Timothy 1:10-11)
Paul proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, who is God in the flesh, having lived a perfect human life, then crucified on the cross, and risen from the dead to give hope to the lost, and sight to the blind. This truth was to be preached by Paul, the self-labeled apostle to the Gentiles.
“12 For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” (2 Timothy 1:12)
Paul calls his suffering righteous since it is deeply rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ, that along with the eternal rewards promised onto us must also come trials, and travail as each disciple continues the laborious walk along the narrow path that leads to rejoicing in heaven, where our Creator awaits our triumphant entry as His faithful servant, after His only begotten son Yeshua. Let us pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Paul,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre