The Church in Ruins (Brief Thoughts on II Timothy), Part 14

Examples for Timothy

Paul had encouraged Timothy to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2:1). Timothy would need this, because he was going to have to “endure hardness.” Things were not going to get any easier for him. It was going to be very hard. The same is true for us. If we are committed to a life dedicated to Paul’s gospel, never imagine that life will one day get easier; far from it.

Paul uses three examples to illustrate the endurance, faithfulness and patience that were needed for the days of ruin:

Example Difficulty Character Goal
Soldier Hardness Endurance Please Him
Athlete Strive Faithfulness Crown
Farmer Labor Patience First Partaker

Concerning these three areas A.E. Knoch wrote:

This group of figures, which applies to all who belong to Christ in this administration … includes nothing but the suffering of a soldier, the rules of the games, and the firstness of the farmer in partaking of his fruits.[1]

(to be continued)

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2001, 2009 Bible Student’s Press

[1] A.E. Knoch, The Problem of Evil, p. 275, Concordant Publishing Concern, 2008.

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