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Favorite Passages: 2 Timothy 1:7-12

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2 Timothy 1:7-12

7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

(This one speaks for itself.)

8 Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God,

(This is where it really counts for eternity, suffering in the name of Jesus because you are faithfully sharing His gospel.)

9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

(We are chosen to be saved from God’s wrath out of love and according to a great, mysterious plan beyond our comprehensive capability. Our actions do not save us; rather, we cannot be saved by our actions, no matter how religious, good, widespread, effective, or admirable. We are all shameful sinners, and only repentance and faith in Jesus saves, nothing more and nothing less.)

10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

(God’s purpose and grace is now evident because we know He has sent Jesus to bear God’s wrath in our place. Now we are able to “see” that we can have life — eternal life! — by believing in the One whom death could not overcome.)

11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

(Thank goodness for Paul and his divinely inspired writings in Scripture.)

12 For this reason 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 what I have committed to Him until that Day.

(If Jesus is truly Lord in your life, you will be living in obedience and you will suffer to some degree. But you cannot let that stop you. Take your eyes off of man, look up, and see God. Put your confidence in Him, in His character. He will keep His promises because His name is Faithful.)

(Also, “For I Know Whom I Have Believed” is one of my favorite hymns.)

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Favorite Passages: 2 Peter 1:2-11

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2 Peter 1:2-11

2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

(As my knowledge of God broadens and becomes more intimate, so will His grace and peace in my life.)

3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

(Jesus’ power — not mine or anyone else’s — has given me everything I need to live out my life as a Christian. It is complete and sufficient. Overcoming sin, forgiving others, and enduring trials in a manner that pleases God is all possible and I have no excuse not to obey His Word on His terms. The only way I can succeed is by, again, broadening and deepening my knowledge of God.)

4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

(God has promised us eternal life! “Exceedingly great and precious” means being with Him in heaven and our rewards for obedience will be so much better than our currently finite minds can fathom. Hoping and trusting in His promises in this life pulls us out of ourselves and filthy worldliness, keeps our eyes on eternity.)

5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge,

(Giving all diligence. Diligence is careful and persistent work or effort.)

6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness,

7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(The previously listed qualities, when appearing and increasing in your character, are evidence that God is bearing fruit in your life. Your productivity, usefulness, and effectiveness as a Christian is directly proportional to the diligence you put in to knowing Christ better. On the other hand, if these qualities are not present, you have every reason to question your salvation. Feeling insecure because you don’t know if you’re saved, you keep messing up, and/or these things just don’t even cross your mind every day? You need to get back in the Bible and do what it says! )

9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.

(A productive Christian is an awake, on-guard Christian. A useless Christian is a lazy, defenseless Christian [if a Christian at all]. It’s a given that if you aren’t overcoming sin, sin is overcoming you.)

10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

(Remember that command to give all diligence? It’s repeated here, so yeah, it’s serious. Give it your all and more. Put doubt aside and prove to yourself that you belong to Christ by choosing to obey Him, particularly with the difficult or mundane things. Assurance comes with obedience — “grace and peace.” You cannot have genuine grace and peace if you are not at peace with God, and what disrupts that peace is your own sin. Repent and replace that sin with righteousness. Christ has done all the heavy lifting and all you must do is surrender. Our sinning hearts should be happy to respond to such love. And when we do, he secures a place for us in His glorious kingdom where there is no sin or sorrow, only eternal joy.)