Scripture Reading: 1 John 5
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Gave Himself—offer, minister, surrender, to give of one’s own accord
Deliver—pluck out, root out, tear out, release.
Present—not the world to come, but right now. Present world with all its evils.
World—eon, not life on earth, but the present system, age
--Lord’s prayer—deliver us from evil
--Romans 12:2—be not conformed to this world, but be transformed
--Christ’s death took out guilt, and gave power over sin. doesn’t stop at salvation.
--Galatians went back to the law to get righteousness, rather than dependence and life in the Gospel. Other side is license.
2 Timothy 4:7-11
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
Have fought/ have finished—his job is nearing the end.
Kept the faith—he’s been tried and passed the test.
Love His appearing—what keeps a guy going, motivation, press toward the mark.
Demas—mentioned in Colossians and Philippians, was with Paul when he was imprisoned in Rome.
Loved present world—as opposed to loving Christ’s appearing.
Thessalonice—believed to be his home town. Mercantile center. Chose to hang out with his rich friends than the suffering Paul.
Mark—Acts 15—fight with Baranabas over taking Mark again because he left him once. Paul restores him here, lets the past go.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Appeared—been shown, made visible, shines. Used in relation to the sun in Acts.
Teaching—instructing, training, disciplines a child. chasten in Hebrews 12.
Ungodliness—anything contrary to the character of God.
Soberly—with self-restraint, not giving in to the flesh.
Righteously—doing what is just and right
Godly—in accordance with God, pleasing to Him.
Looking—with eager desire, expectation of hope realized.
Appearing—the motivator, the thing that helps us overcome this world.
Glorious appearing—appearing of the glory
Gave himself—on behalf of, not instead of.
Redeem—liberate, buy us out of bondage from sin’s guilt and power.
Peculiar—specially his own, living for Him rather than sinful self.
Zealous—burning with zeal, eagerly desirous.
Despise—depreciate, look beyond, treat as nothing.