No Shame in the Gospel

I. The “therefore” of this 2nd command requires a quick review.

A. The 1st command required obedience.

1. The 1st command is: “stir up the gift of God” (2 Timothy 1:6).

a. “Bring the fire alive (again)” – implied from the syntax.
b. “Make each fire alive” – emphasize the “each” of the preposition.

2. We MUST take an active role to “stir up” the fire of God’s gift.

B. The obedience of assured because of God’s gift (2 Timothy 1:7)

1. We are given “Power.”

2. We are given “Love.”

3. We are given “a sound mind.”

II. The second command is focused on the attitude toward the ministry (2 Timothy 1:8)

A. The ministry surely includes the “testimony of our Lord.”

1. He is the “faithful and true witness” (Revelation 3:14)

2. He had completed that testimony (John 17:4-8)

a. He had “finished the work”
b. He had “manifested Your name”
c. He had “given to them the words which You have given Me”
d. He instructed us to teach “all things that I have commanded”
e. He spoke of “things pertaining to the kingdom of God”

B. The ministry must also include the testimony of Paul.

1. Paul wrote either 13 or 14 of the 27 books of the New Testament.

2. Paul is certainly included in the “commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior (2 Peter 3:2).

3. Paul instructions are certainly applicable to us as the “Gentile,” since that was his unique calling (1 Timothy 1:11; Romans 11:13)

C. The ministry obviously includes the “Gospel.”

1. The Gospel of the Kingdom – looks ahead to the promise and inheritance (Matthew 4:23)

2 The Gospel of Christ – looks on the substitution and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

3. The Everlasting Gospel – rests on the One who Created all things (Revelation 14:6)

4. The Gospel is as much WHO Jesus is as WHAT he did.

a. Neglect the creation – there is no foundation or ability
b. Neglect the Cross – there is no efficacy or authority
c. Neglect the coming Kingdom – there is no hope or joy

D. The ministry even requires partaking of the “afflictions” of the Gospel.

1. The Greek word, SUGKAKOPATHEO, is only used here.

a. It is composed of SUN = together.
b. It is composed of KAKOS = evil (nature, deeds)
c. It is composed of PATHOS = vile affections (Romans 1:27Colossians 3:5)
d. It is “participating together with the hurtful passions of the Gospel”

2. You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 2:3)

3. For which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. (2 Timothy 2:9)

4. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:5)

5. My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. (James 5:10)

E. The ministry responsibility can be borne by “the power of God.”

1. We are given GRACE that provides both salvation and spiritual gifts.

2. We are given MERCY that provides both forgiveness and help at need.

3. We are given PEACE that grants calm in crisis and joy in the spirit.

4. We are given POWER within us that enable any spiritual task.

5. We are given LOVE that can commit to all co-workers in the Kingdom.

6. We are given a SOUND MIND that can “rescue” the control” so badly needed.

F. The demands of ministry should never leave us “ashamed” or “embarrassed.”

1. No shame because the Gospel is “the power” for salvation (Romans 1:16)

2. No shame because the former behavior was deadly (Romans 6:21)

3. No shame because The Lord Jesus is not ashamed of us (Hebrews 2:11, 11:16)

4. No shame because if we become ashamed of Him, He becomes ashamed of us (Matthew 8:38; Luke 9:26)

III. The second command is provided for from God’s personal resources (2 Timothy 1:9-10)

A. He has saved us.

1. We are saved by the Gospel (Romans 1:16)

2. We are saved from wrath (Romans 5:9)

3. We are saved by hope (Romans 8:24)

4. We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8)

5. We are saved by the love of the truth (2 Thessalonians 2:10)

6. We are saved to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25)

B. He has called us with a holy calling.

1. The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29)

2. Not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. (1 Corinthians 1:26)

3. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints (Ephesians 1:18)

4. Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called (Ephesians 4:1)

5. You were called in one hope of your calling (Ephesians 4:4)

6. The goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

7. God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power (2 Thessalonians 1:11)

8. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; (2 Peter 1:10)

C. He has saved and called us before time began.

1. He 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 (2 Timothy 1:9)

a. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
b. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will  (Ephesians 1:11)
c. To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord (Ephesians 3:10-11)

2. He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4)

a. Predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will (Ephesians 1:5)
1) His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.
2) We have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
3) He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
b. Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
1 In the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.
2) In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
c. That we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

D. He has brought “life and immortality” to light.

1. He has abolished death.

a. Hosea 13:14 -- I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O Death, I will be your plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction! Pity is hidden from My eyes.
b. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 – O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

2. He has brought life and immortality.

a. John 10:10 -- I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
b. John 5:24 -- Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

3. He calls us into a ministry.

a. All of us have a calling and an election (2 Peter 1:10)
b. Some of us have leadership callings (Ephesians 4:11)
c. All of us are given “grace” and a “measure of the gift” (Ephesians4:7)

IV. The second command provides assurance. (2 Timothy 1:12)

A. We should KNOW the one in whom we have believed.

1. There are four Greek words used for knowledge.

a. GINOSKO-a knowledge grounded on personal experience
b. I’DO-to see with the mind’s eye, signifies a clear and purely mental perception
c. EPISTAMAI-a knowledge obtained by proximity to the thing known, our understanding
d. SUNIEMI-implies a native insight, knowledge gained through the five senses

2. The emphasis is on (I’DO) – our clear and objective knowledge.

a. 1 Corinthians 2:12 -- Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
b. 1 John 2:21 -- I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth

B. We should be PERSUADED that God is able to KEEP us.

1. Philippians 1:6 --  Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

2. Hebrews 11:13 -- These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

3. John 17:12 -- While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.

4. 1 Peter 1:3-5 -- God. . . has begotten us again to . . . an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

5. Jude 1:24 -- Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy

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