Timothy can expect times of difficulty and persecution. Paul reminds him that this is exactly what Timothy already knows from Paul’s example. “You, however, have followed...my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived”(2 Tim 3:10, 11-13). God’s people are persecuted while evil people seem to worsen. This is the pattern that all Christians should expect—and we must be able to handle this seeming contradiction with mature faith.
Meanwhile, Paul wants Timothy to “continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”(2 Tim 3:14-15). Our response to a hostile world is to dig into the word of God. Paul refers to the Old Testament, which Timothy is familiar with from his mother’s and grandmother’s teaching. Those writings can make one “wise for salvation,” teaching us to expect God’s Messiah, showing us what matters to him, and driving us toward deeper love and knowledge of God. They prepare God’s people for every good work (2 Tim 3:17) and are worth studying and teaching.
Scripture is an anchor in the tumultuous sea of life. It hooks us into God’s perspective and will for his world, reminding us of our place and direction. With this background, we are ready to accept God’s salvation through Jesus and his teachings for how life should be lived. We are “wise for salvation.”
------------- One Thing to Think About: How have you observed persecution of Christians?
One Thing to Pray For: A heart to cling to Scripture
This message was sent to: from
Fairview Park church of Christ, 11820 Fairview Road, Little Rock, AR 72212
If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter click to unsubscribe. Modify your Subscription