I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the course,
I have kept the faith;
in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous Judge,
will award to me on that day;
and not only to me,
but also to all who have loved His appearing.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
I love these verses! Paul looked forward to the Lord’s coming and as a result knew he would receive the crown of righteousness for loving His appearing. Not all believers are excited for the Lord to come. Sad. I can’t wait! I’m excited! Jesus is coming! He will reign. Exciting things are ahead. His coming will be the start of something great! Are you ready should Jesus come today?
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
For men will be lovers of self,
lovers of money,
disobedient to parents,
haters of good,
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
holding to a form of godliness,
although they have denied its power;
Avoid such men as these.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse,
deceiving and being deceived.
You, however, continue in the things you have learned
and become convinced of,
knowing from whom you have learned them,
and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings
which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching,
for training in righteousness;
so that the man of God may be adequate,
equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:12-17
The character of our age is described in this chapter. These are the last days. These are difficult days. So what should we do? Stay in the scripture. Hold fast to the Word! Be equipped for every good work! God is still saving people. He is waiting, not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentence. Maybe God is waiting for you. Have you been born again?
Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 2:3
I noticed in Paul’s writings a theme of suffering. Here is it again. In tomorrow’s chapter he warns those who have trusted Christ that you will suffer. (I looked ahead.) This is not a theme we hear in present Christianity. "Trust Christ and embark on a life of suffering!" BUT this is a life changing, important truth. Live for God, you will suffer… but there’s more.
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead,
descendant of David, according to my gospel,
for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal;
but the word of God is not imprisoned.
For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen,
so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus
and with it eternal glory.
It is a trustworthy statement:
For if we died with Him, we will also live with Him;
If we endure, we will also reign with Him;
If we deny Him, He also will deny us;
If we are faithless, He remains faithful,
for He cannot deny Himself.
2 Timothy 2:8-13
There’s the long view: reigning with Him. Suffering here is for a short time.
(Paul says that too.) Eternity is coming.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time
are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Glory ahead! Keep that in view and suffer for Christ!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!