Sunday, May 15, 2005


 2 Tim 3:10  But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

2 Tim 3:11  Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

  Paul could say to the converts, follow me as I follow Jesus.  

1 Cor 4:15  For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
1 Cor 4:16  Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.  

To speak the truth is important, but so is living the truth. They knew his doctrines and teachings were sound words of truth. His manner of life was steadfast, disciplined, consistent and faithful. His purpose was to preach the gospel.  

Rom 15:20  Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:  

He was long suffering with love. He wrote the love chapter in 1 Corinthians, by the Holy Ghost.  

1 Cor 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,   Love is patient.  

1 Cor 13:7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Even when persecuted, Paul continued. He trusted the Lord and the Lord delivered him.

2 Tim 3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  

Have you been persecuted? If not, does any one see you living godly in Christ Jesus? How many who do this will be persecuted? All.  

 Mat 5:10  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Mat 5:12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

How should we react? Should we give them back double what they gave us? What did Jesus say?  

Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you,and persecute you;

Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Mat 5:47  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Mat 5:48  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

 2 Cor 4:8  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
2 Cor 4:9  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
2 Cor 4:10  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
2 Cor 4:11  For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

Flesh against Spirit. The ungodly opposes those of God.  

Gal 4:29  But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.

 Persecution comes at the end times.

Luke 21:11  And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Luke 21:12  But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
Luke 21:13  And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Luke 21:14  Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
Luke 21:15  For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
Luke 21:16  And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
Luke 21:17  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
Luke 21:18  But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
Luke 21:19  In your patience possess ye your souls.

2 Tim 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.  

Evil men, demonic, sinful evil actions, bad character, bad actions, the opposite of Paul's example. Seducers, morally evil, seeking all manner of perversion. Satanic deception growing worse and worse.

2 Tim 3:14  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;  

As evil increases we are to continue in godly behavior; the things you have learned and are assured of.  

2 Tim 2:2  And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2 Tim 2:3  Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2 Tim 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Are their things you know with all surety, that cannot be changed by outward circumstances? This is building your house on the rock.

2 Tim 3:15  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  

There is nothing said here of baptisms or tongues, the focus is Jesus Christ and his word.

2 Tim 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  

All scripture, not selected parts, but all scripture is given by inspiration of God.  

Inspiration: That extraordinary or supernatural divine influence vouchsafed to those who wrote the Holy Scriptures, rendering their writings infallible. (Eastons)   

God breathed the living word into existence through the various writers. Profitable, useful for doctrine, for finding error, for correction, for instruction in righteous living.  

2 Tim 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

 Phil 1:27  Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Phil 1:28  And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God.
Phil 1:29  For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;  

We are the people of God equipped to do his work in the end times. The body coming together has all the gifts. Together we discern, together we are overcomers by His power within us. As evil increases we must keep a steady course in the manner of life that God has given to us to follow. We are to be as Jesus, even if all oppose us.

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