It is no surprise that Paul’s last writing admonishes Timothy to remain faithful to what he had learned and had firmly believed, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As Paul was being held up in a Roman prison with no chance of release, he sought to encourage Timothy to contend for the faith and to use the Scripture in a manner in which God had intended it. (v.16-17) As Paul had shown in the beginning of Chapter 3, Godlessness was increasing and would continue to increase. In verse 12, he speaks directly to the heart of the issue as he states “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” Any questions?
Questions for further thought:
1. How have I experienced persecution because of my faith in Jesus Christ?
2. If I was in a court of law and was being tried for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict me?
Challenge: Persevere and hold fast to the promises of Scripture. Be encouraged if you are God’s child as He is for you.
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