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Do Not Be Ashamed of the Gospel (2 Timothy 1:8-12)
Sermon Notes
Sunday, 14 October 2012 00:00

This past Sunday we looked at 2 Timothy 1:8-12.

2 Timothy 1:12 says
For which cause also (the cause of the gospel) these things I suffer but/nevertheless I am not ashamed,
(Why?) for I know whom I have believed and (I) have been persuaded that He is able
to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.


The last phrase in v. 12 could more accurately be translated “… for I know whom I have believed am persuaded that He is able to guard my trust/deposit until [or for] that Day.
Paul uses a play on words to say, “Jesus entrusts His gospel to us and we should then entrust our gospel ministry to Him in anticipation of the Bema (= that Day)”

Besides 2 Timothy 1:12, 2 Timothy 1:18 and 4:8 also refer to the Day (Bema Seat).
Paul believed in Jesus for everlasting life and he also believed (was persuaded) that his labors for Christ and his sufferings for Him would be remembered and rewarded by Christ at the Bema.
Down in v. 14 Paul will tell Timothy to guard the good (thing = deposit, trust).
Timothy is to guard the trust that was given to him as God’s child and servant.
Of course, if Timothy does that, then the Lord Jesus will guard the rewards which flow from that faithfulness (1:12b) until/for that Day (the Bema).

When we believe in Jesus for eternal life, we become God’s child forever.
We are then entrusted with a “deposit” to invest as His servant during the remaining time we have for living out this life here on earth.
This “deposit” includes the gospel – the “good news” about Jesus and one of the specifics of the gospel/good news is how to have eternal life. Jesus gives eternal life (as a free gift) through simple faith in that promise He has made to give it to anyone who believes in Him for it.
So then, we must guard the good news message which has been entrusted to us.
We dare not change it to try to make it more “appealing” to people.

Instead, we must:
Guard the gospel and proclaim it with clarity in all its purity.
Go forth in its power, sharing the good news in dependence on the power of the Holy Spirit, and leaving the results to God.
Give it out to people – anybody, anytime, anywhere!

At about this time you may be like me and having a ‘Charlie Brown’ moment: “Oh! Good grief! How can I ever accomplish that?”
The answer is that it is “according to the power of God,” (1:8) and it is only by His power that we will be willing and able to share the good news and to suffer any hardship that may then accompany that holy purpose for which we have been called (1:9). So let’s trust Him with the “trust” (deposit) we have been given!

May we invest our lives so that we may hear from Jesus on that Day, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Matthew 25:21, 23).

 

 

 

 

 

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