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THE TRUST GOD HAS GIVEN US

April 4, 2015

 

 

Text: “…and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and  immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do.  But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.”  II Timothy  1:10-12

Though they are far apart and Paul will soon be executed by the Romans, the apostle still has endowments to give to Timothy. This legacy  had been bestowed upon Paul by God, but this was not money, land, or precious stones. Paul had already given part of this gift to the younger man, and wants Timothy to place great value upon it, using it in the arduous labor before him. The precious legacy is the gospel.

All through verses 1-14 of this chapter we behold Paul as both elated and apprehensive. He was elated because the Lord had made him an evangelist of the good news, the gospel, the message of the cross. He remembered the heritage which Christ had given him in Damascus after he had blinded Paul on the road. “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.”  Acts 9:15 Nevertheless, the apostle was apprehensive because the gospel message needed a new generation of evangelists who faced fierce opposition, but must stand firm for the gospel message. To the Thessalonians the apostle had already written a  dire warning. “For when we were  with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, just as it has come to pass, and just as you know.”  I Thessalonians 3:4  Paul wholeheartedly contended for the Gospel message that it not be defeated because it’s proclaimers deserted. Life might seem threatening, but Paul faced it with confidence and courage. Yet his concern was with Timothy. Paul’s disciple must accept the apostle’s legacy with devotion and enthusiasm and exercise his God-given talents to spread the gospel farther. Because of his love for the Master who had pressed the legacy of evangelizing the world upon his shoulders and endured the sufferings with fortitude, he was striving to pass along his legacy for its preservation.

You must embrace this endowment with enthusiasm and energy because Jesus has delivered it into your hands. “All authority has been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of  the Father and the s0n and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20  NASB Spreading the gospel is not optional!  Whatever Christ has said for us to do goes to  the top of our agendas. Talk to people about Jesus and ask them to study the Bible with you.

Of course, there are many other items in this great list of endowments. What about salvation from sin? That ought to warm the cockles of your soul. Forgiveness for your offenses against God. Sin is burdensome and enslaving. Jesus firmly assures us of his ability to release us from Satan’s oppression and binding us to his will. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 I know that you are elated over your freedom in Christ. It is your heritage!

And then there is heaven and eternal life. I don’t think that you want to overlook that! Think of its beauties, its blessings, and think of being in the presence of God. ” And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,  Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” Revelation 21:3   Heaven is going to be a lot different from our dwelling here. No curses there, as upon our earth. No sorrow. No pain. No burdensome labor. No hunger. Peace. Righteousness, justice, and freedom. And worship. And free access to our heavenly Father. Don’t forsake all this. Don’t renounce your brothers and sisters and forsake God’s heavenly family.

Preserve your heritage and enjoy your blessings here and hereafter.

REM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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