2 Timothy 1:8 A Reasonable Investment

2 Timothy 1:8 (KJV)
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel according to the power of God;

The verse just previous to this is 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 

It’s one of those nuggets of gold in the Bible that’s pretty easy to pick up and forget about the rest. 

God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power. Therefore, we have no reason to be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord nor of Paul, the prisoner of the Lord. 

Because we have the spirit of love and a sound mind, we too can partake in the afflictions of the Gospel. A sound mind doesn’t run from these afflictions. A sound mind doesn’t shirk from them. A sound mind is fully aware of the price of partaking in the work of the Gospel and counts it a reasonable investment. 

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2 Timothy 1:8 A Reasonable Investment

1 Timothy 6:7 This Is Certain

1 Timothy 6:7 (KJV)
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

All my life, I have heard it said that there are only two certain things: death and taxes. I would be the last one to dispute that. It does seem to be accurate. But the Bible tells us of another certainty. When death happens, we can take nothing of this earth with us. This is such a reality that the two major worldviews each have their own way of dealing with it.

Those who believe there is nothing after death choose to, “eat drink and be merry.” 
In other words, they attempt to get as much out of life as they can because they believe when it is done, they have and are nothing. 

Those who believe there is life after death do what they think will yield them the greatest potential in the afterlife. 
This is true of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christendom. Each has its own teachings on how to accomplish a better life after death. Only one of these religious positions has the advantage of One who died, rose from the grave, and then teaches us to lay up our treasures in Heaven. That is Jesus. 

By the way, the message He left us tells us another certainty, 1 John 5:13 (KJV) 
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. 

Have you placed faith in Christ such that you know you have eternal life?

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1 Timothy 6:7 This Is Certain

Exodus 25:8 Make Me A Sanctuary

Exodus 25:8 (KJV)
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

It seems to me that the key phrase is “that I may dwell among them.” God indeed is everywhere. 

  • He is in the mountains 
  • He is in the fields
  • He is where the oceans and the lakes are

God is there: when we work, when we rest at home, when we conduct our necessary business. 

But God asks us to prepare a place especially for Him. It’s not that He needs it. It is that we need it. We need a sanctuary, a place designed that God dwells among us. 

He is everywhere. He wants us to come to the one place that is dedicated only to Him. 

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Exodus 25:8 Make Me A Sanctuary

Exodus 24:16 Even If

Exodus 24:16 (KJV)
And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.

Based on this passage, and many others like it, I have to wonder if most of today’s Christians, including preachers, ever really hear from heaven. After God had already prepared Israel to hear from Him, God’s glory rested on the mountain for six days. Six days Moses waited before God called him. And then Moses was on the mountain with God forty days and forty nights. 

  • That long, Moses communed with God to get the message. 
  • That long, and the people transgressed. 

How many preachers never get God’s message because they believe it’s up to them to keep the people from sinning?

Sin is never the right action. But neither is haste. People fed shallow doctrine but forced to conform to church behavior are no better off than people who have heard no truth. It is much better to get the message directly from God and deliver it to those prepared to listen to it, even if it is a fewer number. 

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Exodus 24:16 Even If

1 Timothy 4:16 Save Thyself

1 Timothy 4:16 (KJV)
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

A Bible student must be careful not to read into a passage, or even a word in the passage, what he wants it to say. The term “save,” and its various forms, must be understood in context. There is more in the Bible than salvation of the soul from hell and to heaven. Those who believe a Christian can lose his salvation or that he must maintain it to remain saved, 

  • Miss the point of the Cross 
  • Deny the perfection of Christ and 
  • Teach heresy in the doing of it 

Gill writes of this passage, “a minister by taking heed to himself, and doctrine, saves himself from the pollutions of the world, from the errors and heresies of false teachers, from the blood of all men, and from all just blame in his ministry.”

He says further, “by being an example to them in doctrine and conversation, a minister is the means of saving and preserving those that attend on him, from erroneous principles, and immoral practices; and by faithfully preaching the Gospel to his hearers, he is instrumental in their eternal salvation; for though Jesus Christ is the only Saviour, the only efficient and procuring cause of salvation, yet the ministers of the Gospel are instruments by which souls believe in him, and so are saved; the word preached by them,”

Timothy was already saved, eternally saved. But by attending to sound doctrine, he could save his testimony and thereby be the better helper of those who came under his preaching. 

The same is true of a Bible preacher today. 

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1 Timothy 4:16 Save Thyself

Exodus 19:5-6 A Kingdom of Priests

Exodus 19:5-6 (KJV)
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

In a Daily Visit with God out of Exodus 19:5, dated December 6, 2011, I wrote, 

“God has a peculiar treasure among His treasures; in the Old Testament God laid upon Israel a condition; “If ye will obey“. The New Testament does away with the condition and declares as a fact that the believer is a peculiar treasure to the Lord. 

· We are that treasure because we are in Christ
· We are that treasure because of our love for the One God loves

But we ARE that treasure.”

We are God’s treasure, a peculiar people not because of our obedience but because of our faith. We are what Israel never became, “a kingdom of priests.” Every born again, blood-bought child of the Lord is a New Testament priest. 

  • We stand between men and the Lord. 
  • We Intercede to God on behalf of men. 
  • We testify the Word of God to men. 
  • We serve as salt and as light in this dark and corrupt world. 

We are a kingdom of priests. There are no non-priestly Christians. There are only less active, less visible, less effective ones. 

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Exodus 19:5-6 A Kingdom of Priests

1 Timothy 2:6 All Men May Be Saved

1 Timothy 2:6 (KJV)
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

There are those whose minds are bent, mostly because of the things they have been taught, into believing that God chooses some to be saved, but not everyone. I am aware that most of them can present Scriptures they believe clarify this passage and confirm their conviction. This passage lays to rest, I think once and for all, the notion of partial election.

First, we are instructed to pray for all men
No exclusions are offered for our: supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks. Pray for all men.

Secondly, GOD will have all men to be saved
This is not meant to mean that all men are saved regardless of faith or background. Such a notion renders all Scripture meaningless. It means that God’s will would be for all to be saved. Every individual has a God-given vote concerning their salvation. God is willing for all to be saved. Not all are willing to be saved. 

Thirdly, Jesus died to ransom or to save all 
The price has been paid. The debt has been satisfied. Once and for all Jesus died for all. 

No person has ever lived outside the possibility of salvation. No one whose debt isn’t paid. No one whose sins haven’t been forgiven. No one God will not accept. 

There are only people who, for whatever reason, have not come to and called upon the name of the Lord. 

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1 Timothy 2:6 All Men May Be Saved

Exodus 15:13 God’s Holy Habitation

Exodus 15:13 (KJV)
Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.

The promises represented by God’s dealing with Israel are encouraging and heartwarming. 

  • He is merciful 
  • He has redeemed 
  • He is strong
  • He gives guidance 

It is vital that we see where He guides. Those He has mercifully redeemed are directed, not into a better, more successful version of their own plan, but to God’s holy habitation. His plan, His will, is not merely to free us from those obstacles to the destination of our choosing, but to clear a path, through the Red Sea when necessary, to the destination He ordained before the world began.

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Exodus 15:13 God’s Holy Habitation

 

Exodus 14:15 Forward. Only Forward

Exodus 14:15 (KJV)
And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

The Lord knew exactly where He was taking Israel. 

He did not lead them the shortest route, through Philistia. There would surely have been war there. And there would have been the possibility of retreat.

By the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, God led them to the Red Sea’s edge, over against Baalzephon. It was a location that afforded no retreat and no alternative when Pharaoh chased after them. There was only one way to go; forward, into the Sea. 

It wasn’t that GOD set them up for destruction. God set them up for a miracle, one of the most significant in the history of Israel. 

“Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward.” I tell you that is the only course God gives His children. It is also the only message God gives His preachers. 

  • Forward through the difficult 
  • Forward through the hardships 
  • Forward through the impossible 
  • Forward to victory 

Forward. Only forward. 

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Exodus 14:15 Forward. Only Forward

Exodus 12:30 Hard Hearted Leadership

Exodus 12:30 (KJV)
And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

Someone may accuse me of splitting hairs, but I don’t think God hardened Pharaoh’s heart against God, but against the Jews. Consider Nebuchadnezzar. God used him to judge Israel but also gave him the opportunity to come to know the Lord. Though it appears Pharaoh never came to God, I think he had the opportunity had he chosen it. God determined to use Pharaoh to grow Israel. That does not mean Pharaoh could not have repented concerning God. 

How heartbreaking it is that Pharaoh’s choices eventually led to this great cry in his land. One hardship after the next grew increasingly difficult, not on Israel, but upon the Egyptians. Finally, the judgment hit home, and the firstborn of every family died. Leadership on a government level led to weeping on the family level. God used it to deliver Israel, but the price in Egypt was huge.

I am afraid we’ll see the same in our nation. Leaders today have hardened hearts toward their own people. They make one decision after the other, sacrificing jobs, increasing cost of living, approving the killing of babies. How long before the cry of the people rises up before these leaders? How long before the unbelieving world has had its fill of government leaders who have no regard for them?

God’s people will surely be delivered. But the cost to the unbeliever will be immense. 

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Exodus 12:30 Hard Hearted Leadership