Tuesday after the Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity Sunday
Posted on September 15, 2020 byunder
Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1-18 (NKJV)
1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, a beloved son:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
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, 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, 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, 11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 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.
13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us.
15 This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me, among whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. 16 The Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain; 17 but when he arrived in Rome, he sought me out very zealously and found me. 18 The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy from the Lord in that Day—and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus.
St. Paul declares that “our Savior Jesus Christ… has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” St. Paul ceaselessly draws attention to the Gospel, the good news of our salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, who overcame death. Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” Once the Law has revealed our sin, we have a guilty conscience. But the Gospel message of forgiveness drives out “the spirit of fear” of punishment. St. Paul sees his work as a Gospel preacher: “I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.”
What yesterday’s devotion described as “wholesome words” (1 Tim. 6:3) is now described as “the pattern of sound words.” “Sound” and “wholesome” come from the same Greek word. What is that balanced pattern? St. Paul says, “…in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” Faith in Jesus Christ comes first, then love toward God and man follows after. Once we have received the Gospel message of forgiveness of sins, we have a “sound mind,” which says, “…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.” The Gospel gives God’s power to live a life of good works in thankfulness.
Prayer: Almighty Father, You have given preachers the pattern of sound words for the increase of faith and love. Through faith in Your Gospel message give me a pure conscience, a genuine faith, and a sound mind, so that I lead a life of love until the day of our Lord’s return. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.