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Loyal Servants (2 Timothy 1:13-18)
Sermon Notes
Sunday, 21 October 2012 00:00

Insights from 2 Timothy Chapter One

Paul’s primary purpose in writing was to make sure that Timothy was ready to fight the good fight, finish the race and keep the faith (4:7). To this end, Paul points Timothy to God’s provision for Timothy’s victorious accomplishment of his life as a servant of Christ Jesus.
God has not given us a spirit of fear (cowardice) but of power and of love and of a sound mind. A sound mind (1:7) develops from holding to a pattern of sound (healthy) words (1:13).

Hold to what is true according to (kata = lines up with; as accords with) … What is true as it relates to me …
1. Who I am is according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus (1:1)
2. What I do is according to the power of God (1:8)
What is true as it relates to God …
What God did – He saved us and called us with a holy calling,
3. not according to our works (1:9),
How He did it –
4. but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus (1:9) …

What I am going to tell you to do is based upon and according to what is true!

Paul knew that Timothy would experience hardship if he held to the truth of God’s Word as Paul has done during his own life of service to Jesus.
Paul uses the imperative form of three verbs to indicated commands from God to Timothy:
(1) suffer with me (1:8)
(2) hold to a pattern (1:13)
(3) keep (lit., guard) the deposit (translated “thing”)

We could thus summarize Paul’s exhortation to Timothy in chapter one based upon the three verbs in the imperative with the following statement.
Don’t be ashamed when you suffer because you have a course to stay and a deposit to guard, which on that coming Day will bring you reward from the Lord (1:18)!

Pastor’s paraphrase of 2 Timothy, chapter one:
You have been given a deposit, a gift of the opportunity for service for our Master!
So you have a gift of service that you need to INFLAME (1:6) so that your ministry for our Lord won’t become LAME (characterized by a spirit of fear – 1:7) and so that when you share with me in the sufferings for the gospel you will have NO SHAME (1:8)!

On Sunday we focused on verses 13-18 of chapter one and saw two things:
(1) Loyal servants learn from the exhortation of their mentors (1:13-14).
Just as a healthy body depends upon a balance of diet and exercise, so also a healthy (sound) faith depends upon a steady diet of sound (healthy) words (1:13) and spiritual service (1:14).
(2) Loyal servants also learn from the example of others (1:15-18).
Paul is a realist and acknowledges both the possibility of spiritual failure in serving Christ (1:15) as well as the potential of attaining spiritual victory in our service to our Savior (1:16-18).

1. What Onesiphorus did in service for the Lord (1:16b – 17, 18b)
a. (1:16b) …for he (Onesiphorus) often refreshed me (Paul) (consistent encourager)
b. (1:16c) and was not ashamed of my chain; (unashamed; not cowardly)
c. (1:17a) but when he arrived in Rome, (understood that love is action!)
d. (1:17b) he sought me out very zealously and found me. (extra effort; hustle!)
e. (1:18b) – and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus. (servanthood that was frequent, effective and extraordinary)

2. What the Lord will do at the Bema for Onesiphorus (1:16a; 18a)
a. (1:16a) The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus …
b. (1:18a) The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day –
If a Christian constantly tempers his words and deeds with mercy (as in James 2:13), he can triumph as a victor in the day of his divine assessment at the Bema.





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