Be strong in the
Grace that is in Jesus Christ. This sentence works two ways. Forgiveness is
a gentle act, but it takes a strong person to do it. Also, if youíre the
offender, before forgiveness is granted to you, while you are accused, you
are burdened. Forgiveness frees you from that burden and you gain strength
in Grace. So, if youíre strong in the grace of your fellow man, think of how
much stronger even, the grace of Jesus makes you.
Paul adds, And the
things youíve heard me teach in front of many people, teach the same things
to other believers, which will in turn be able to teach others too.
strength, endure afflictions as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Nobody who
fights for the cause of Christ becomes involved with the affairs of this
life (man's world), so that he may please the One who has chosen him to be a soldier.
If a man strives
for masteries, still he is not crowned unless he strives lawfully,
righteously, honestly. The husbandman that labors must be first to receive
of the fruits. Consider what I say and the Lord give you understanding in
Okay, letís back
up a few sentences to make sure that we understand what Paul is saying,
because it may sound like several different subjects that are unrelated. A
person who strives for masteries, is someone who desires superiority in
something. At the time of Paul's writing, this phrase referred to a
contender in the Olympic games. To apply this to your personal life today,
it may be a degree of some kind that you're working toward earning, or it may be someone
who wants a promotion, or someone wanting success in their own business, etc. Unless a person pursues
his goal faithfully and honestly, he isnít recognized. If we want the prize,
we have to work for it. This goes for our Christianity as well.
How do you feel
about being treated by a doctor who didnít go to medical school? How do you
feel about an athlete when you find out theyíve used steroids to achieve
their accomplishments? Would you ask someone to defend you who didnít go to
law school and pass the bar exam? Of course not. They are not crowned - or
recognized. (In the ancient Olympics, they used to put a crown of leaves on
the heads of the champions. Also, a kingís crown is a symbol of his
CHRISTIAN SOLDIER LESSON WITH THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER EXPLANATION
Moving on to the
The husbandman that labors must be first to receive of the fruits. Could
this be an analogy that Timothy, being a minister, must first spiritually
understand the fruits of the Spirit before they can teach it to others?
trouble figuring out what all these things have in common? Well, if youíre a
good soldier of Jesus Christ, you are one who endures, as Paul said in the
beginning. Only the ones who persevere, who strive for superiority, who
endure afflictions, whether as a soldier, farmer, doctor, or like Timothy,
as a minister of Christ, will be rewarded.
Now Paul relates
this to his situation to make it even clearer to Timothy. Remember that
Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead. This is the
TRUTH which I suffer trouble for, being considered an evil doer that is
worthy of prison, but the Word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all
things for the sake of those who are chosen, that they may also obtain the
salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
Itís a true
saying, For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him, if we
suffer, we shall also reign with Him, if we deny Him, He also will deny us,
if we are faithless, He still remains faithful, He cannot deny Himself
(He cannot go against His Word).
Remind the people
of these things, instructing them before the Lord that they don't argue
about petty things, as it draws them away from God business.
Study to show yourself worthy to God, that you are a respectable servant,
rightly dividing the Word of TRUTH
(telling the genuine Gospel, not any other). But avoid
profane and vain babblings, because they will multiply into more
ungodliness. And their word will fester like a wound. Hymenśus and Philetus have erred (been mistaken - turned away) concerning the
TRUTH, saying that the resurrection is already past, and in doing so, they
turn away the Faith of some other people.
THE CHRISTIAN SOLDIER INFORMATION WITH THE CHRISTIAN
If youíre new to
Christianity, youíve probably experienced what Paul is explaining to Timothy
here. He stood up for his Faith, and now people that used to be his friends
are turning against him. But notice that it doesnít sway him one bit. Watch
what he says next.
foundation of God stands steady, having this guarantee, The Lord knows those that are His (John 10:14, 27).
And Let everyone that names the name of Christ (claims that
Christ is their Savior), depart from iniquity.
In other words, Paul is saying that Jesus knows whoís who, and anyone who
calls themselves a Christian wouldnít behave in such a way. Then he uses a
little parable to explain it more.
In a big house (the world) there arenít only gold cups and silver cups,
but also wood and clay, and some to honor and some to dishonor (some paths
are good, some bad despite appearance). If a man rids himself from these (doesnít
associate with dishonorable deeds), he shall be a vessel (person) of honor,
sanctified (set apart, made holy), and meet (useful) for the masterís (the
Lordís) use, and prepared to do good things.
Donít seek childish desires, but with those who are children of God (with
pure hearts, as children), seek righteousness, Faith, Love and peace. But
foolish and ignorant questions avoid, knowing that they generate strife
(they cause troubles) and the servant of the Lord must not strive, but be
gentle to all, apt (prepared, ready, quick) to teach, patient, in meekness
instructing those that oppose themselves, if God maybe will give them
repentance to the acknowledging of the TRUTH, and that they may recover
themselves out of the trap of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his
What does this
mean? It means that thereís a big difference between being as a child and
being foolish and ignorant. And Paul says, there certainly is such a thing
as a foolish question. (Youíll know it when the person asking it is seeking
contention instead of seeking TRUTH with an open heart and
mind.) Donít trouble yourself with these, because as a servant of God, you
shouldnít be frustrated, but rather, patient, and kind in showing people the
opportunity to be saved, then, of course, God does the rest.
They say that experience teaches thoroughly. Paul wrote his epistles,
hoping that his experiences would teach others thoroughly, so they could
carry on the Faith with as little heartache as necessary and enjoy the
fullness of Christ. As Christian soldiers, Paul gives us an ample supply of
ammunition, to help us in our cause, so arm yourself with the Word and
always fight the good fight. Be strong. Be meek. Show Love and Grace.
Come back again soon so we can share more of Paulís encouragement, right
here at Daily Bread.