You Do Not Have to Lose Everything #6

Sunday, April 30, 2023

“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12 KJV).

Dear friend, you do not have to lose everything!

Writing today’s Scripture, the Apostle Paul was facing some dreadful circumstances. He was incarcerated in a prison in Rome, possibly an underground dungeon (a dry cistern?). The final chapter of this second epistle to Timothy reveals much about the situation (2 Timothy chapter 4):

“[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. [12] And Tychicus have I sent to Ephesus. [13] The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments. [14] Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: [15] Of whom be thou ware also; for he hath greatly withstood our words. [16] At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.”

Timothy is to rush to Rome, as soon as possible (verse 11). Demas, once Paul’s loyal ministry coworker, has abandoned the aged Apostle (verse 10). Other saints, for various reasons, have gone from him too (verses 10,12). “Only Luke is with me” (verse 11). Paul requests Timothy bring his coat that he left behind, suggesting his prison cell is cold (verse 13). He also asks Timothy to fetch some reading material—perhaps actual Bible scrolls (verse 13). Alexander, an otherwise unknown character, has greatly mistreated Paul (verses 14,15). When Paul was tried in the Roman courts, all his friends—including Christians (!)—had deserted him (verse 16)! Lastly, now he awaits his execution (verses 6-8)!

His health is likely poor, he has no money, his loved ones are gone, and he will soon lose his life. Still, those touching words of today’s Scripture are preeminent….

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Grace and peace! What a privilege to be an ambassador for the risen Christ here on WordPress! I am a Pauline dispensationalist Christian saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus plus nothing! My goal is to "have all men saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:3,4). I seek to preach Jesus Christ crucified for our sins, buried, and raised again for our justification as the only way to salvation. Also, I seek to edify and perfect the saints using dispensational Bible study and the Authorized Version King James Bible!