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Pass It On (2 Timothy 1:1-7)
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Sunday, 30 September 2012 00:00

This past Sunday we looked at 2 Timothy 1:1-7 where Paul prayed, “I (Paul) thank God … as without ceasing I remember you (Timothy) in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring (lit. longing) to see you, being mindful of your tears that I may be filled with joy,” (2 Timothy 1:3-4)

The adjective translated “without ceasing” is used twice (here in 1:3 and in Romans 9:2 where Paul said that “I have great sorrow and continual grief (lit., unceasing pain) in my heart for his fellow Israelites, his brethren according to the flesh as it related to Israel’s spiritual state of unbelief.

In Romans 9, Paul is explaining how the promises of God in His Word have not failed (9:6a).
Although many Jews became believers, many more (the majority) did not (9:1-5).
Though God has temporarily set Israel aside, He has not nullified His promises to the nation.

In light of the overall theme of Romans, this section explains why Israel is experiencing the wrath of God and what they can do to escape it.
What a contrast with Timothy whose unfeigned faith was a source gladness and unceasing prayer instead of a source of grief and unceasing pain for Paul’s heart!

Sometimes when we pray for someone, we feel a sense of grief because of that person’s spiritual distance from God. Other individuals we pray for bring joy to our hearts when we think about seeing them and being with them.

“It is not only good to pray for individuals but it is also good to tell them that we do, as Paul did here.” – Tom Constable
When people pray for you, do you think they feel more of a sense of grief or gladness over the state of your relationship with God?

Paul was motivated to pray this way for Timothy when he recollected his faith, which like his mother’s and grandmother’s, was not “hypocritical” – a better translation than “genuine” in 2 Timothy 1:5.

Their “un-hypocritical faith” refers not to saving faith, but to the beliefs of Timothy and his mother and grandmother. They were not hypocritical in what they believed. They were well grounded in their faith. Timothy’s grandmother and mother were early converts to the Christian faith. They came to faith before Timothy did. Evidently they passed their faith on to him. In this significant way, Timothy enjoyed a godly heritage.

How did Lois and Eunice pass it on to Timothy? We are simply told that they were not hypocritical in the things they believed. They weren’t two-faced and they didn’t wear masks. Rather, they were clear and open about who and what they believed. Such simple and sincere faith is attractive to our children because it is then that Jesus shines through us – and there is no one more attractive than Him!
May our prayers be regular and our faith un-hypocritical as we pray for and live our lives in front of our children and others as well.

 

 

 

 

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