- 2 Timothy 1:11-14
- 2 Tim 1:11 (KJB)
- Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a
teacher of the Gentiles.
- I am appointed - Set in place or put in a certain place
- Preacher - Herald or one who proclaims
- Paul continues from verse 10 concerning the Gospel that God had set him
in a place of proclaiming the Gospel wherever he went, hence the name
“apostle” which means one who is sent. Not only was Paul to initially
proclaim the Gospel where ever he went, God also empowered him to teach the
finer points of the Gospel. Paul’s ministry was two-fold in that he not only
heralded the Gospel but he also explained the Gospel. This is well-borne out
in his epistles, especially in Galatians where there is the teaching
concerning grace and law.
- 2 Tim 1:12 (KJB)
- 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.
- Paul now reminds Timothy that for the sake of sending forth the Gospel,
he had suffered many things from shipwreck to banishment to the whipping
post (195 lashes - 5 X 39). Paul is not complaining but building up to a
very important point. Some may feel that because they are suffering for the
Gospel that maybe God has abandoned them or that they have been displeasing
to God. Paul is giving a major principle here that even though he had
suffered many physical things, nevertheless he was not ashamed for suffering
these things even though the majority of the suffering came publicly.
- Paul gives three mighty personal principles here. He states that in
spite of the suffering, he knows whom he has believed and that is the Lord
Jesus Christ. Paul was not suffering for some religion but for the truths
given him by the Lord Jesus Christ who stated that Paul would suffer for the
sake of the Gospel. Then Paul continues by stating that he is persuaded or
convinced that Christ is able to keep what was committed to Him, that is
Paul’s salvation and eternal life which can never be lost by a true
Christian. The day he speaks of is Judgment day on the last day.
- Now let us a take a quick look at three phrases which are very important
in this verse. “I know” and “have believed” and “am persuaded.” Every one of
these phrases are one single word in the Greek and in the Perfect Tense. The
Perfect tense in Greek denotes an action which took place in the past and is
still in full effect at present. What Paul is saying that throughout his 30
years of ministry he has never failed to know Christ, to believe Christ, and
to be convinced of Christ. Paul is stating that his entire belief on Christ
has never waned. This was why he was able to face all the persecution
because he saw the bigger picture than himself and that was Christ and the
sending forth of the Gospel. Once we see the bigger picture than our little
comfort zone, we too, will have powerful ministries.
- 2 Tim 1:13 (KJB)
- Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of
me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
- Hold Fast - Have, possess, or cling to
- Sound - Healthy and Wholesome
- Paul now reminds Timothy to hold fast to the sound words which he heard
from him. Those words would be the uncompromising Gospel of Christ which are
delivered with both faith and love. In faith, knowing that the teaching of
the Gospel can bring forth persecution and when it does come, we are to have
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ at those times to guide us through the
persecution just as He guided Paul through all his. Persecution can lead to
a great witness of the gospel. There is much history written about the
Christian martyrs and some who attended their martyrdom became saved because
they wanted something in their lives worth dying for and that would be the
Gospel. Then Paul wants Timothy to temper his teachings with love and not
condescension which can easily overtake us in thinking that because we are
saved we are better than those we are preaching to. This must never happen
and that is why Paul wants Timothy to look at these people with love and
compassion. However, Timothy is not to change the message but to remain
steady in the true teaching of the Gospel. It is when the true Gospel is
preached is when the Holy Spirit brings conviction on the Elect in the
crowd. When we soften the message and change it, there will be no
conviction. Paul wants Timothy to realize that he is a conduit for Christ
and all preaching and teaching must point people to Christ and not himself.
- 2 Tim 1:14 (KJB)
- That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy
Ghost which dwelleth in us.
- Keep - Guard
- Paul now commands Timothy that the deposit of the Gospel which was
committed to him, he is to guard it by the Holy Spirit which indwells him.
Timothy must guard against changing the message to appease his hearers and
only through the Holy Spirit, who guides us into all truth, can we do that.
Timothy must also guard his testimony against being involved with anything
less than honest because that would bring reproach upon the name of Christ.
Christians live in an evil world and we must guard against compromise and
the appearance of evil, even in the most minute way.