Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 1
1 Timothy 1:11-16
According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
Blasphemer of God, Persecutor of God’s people and an insulter of the doctrines and people of Christ. Chief—first, foremost. Pattern of mercy and patience.
1 Timothy 1:18-20
This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
Warfare—not just a battle, but signing up for military service, the whole campaign. Holding—a continual possession. Put away—ballast thrown overboard. Conscience goes first, then ship is wrecked.
1 Timothy 4:8-11
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.11 These things command and teach.
Godliness—piety, life lived in light of reverence and respect for God. It is our trust in God that will lead us to labor—fatigued work that will be reproached—taunting, being defamed, mocked. Things—teachings of godliness.
1 Timothy 6:10-13
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.11But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.13I give you charge in the sight of God, who quickens all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession
Erred—wandered from. Eternal life is the prize grasped by the one who wins the fight—struggle, contend, compete, Quickeneth—gives life to all things. Just as Christ handled himself well before Pilate, now it’s Timothy’s turn to act well before his tormentors. A model confession of all martyrs.
2 Timothy 2:1-4
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
Strong—have power and show yourself to have it, power to follow and serve Christ. Endure hardship—take your share in sufferings. When in combat, you pay attention to the combat, not peripheral issues.
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.11 It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Suffer trouble—evil things happen to me as though I were doing evil things, yet all I do is proclaim the Gospel. Endure all things—because God’s word is not bound, so I will keep proclaiming in hopes that it works in others. Bear up, fortitude, persevere. Dead with—dead to sin in Him and also willing to die for Him.
Suffer—endure with him. Reign—more than salvation, but a reward of governance. Deny—escape suffering for Him, Matthew 10:33. Not deny—those who don’t believe are not in Him, He keeps all promises made to those who believe.