Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8 (Part 9)

2 Timothy 2:19-26

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8

Part 9

2 Timothy 2:19-26

Introduction: We are continuing our study on the Pastoral Epistles, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. We have seen the importance of studying the words of God, the importance of reminding, and shunning man’s empty and foolish questioning of scripture.

      Now we are reminded of the stability, and responsibility, that is ours.

  1. The Stability (2 Timothy 2:19)
    1. “Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure”
      1. The foundation (cf. Eph.2:20; 1 Cor. 3:11)
      1. The unbelief of man does not make the words of God empty.
        1. Faith may be shaken
        1. Not so the foundation of God.
    1. “having this seal”
      1. Seal of ownership and authority (cf. Esther 3:12)
        1. We are “sealed” (see Eph. 1:13)
    1. “the Lord knoweth them that are his” (cp. John 10:14)
      1. Only 3 people know whether saved or not (God, me, the devil—Dr. Peter Ruckman)
        1. This is the guarantee of my salvation.
          1. 2 seals (This one; and Hebrews 13:5)
          1. This is my eternal security.
  2. The Responsibility (2 Timothy 2:19ff)
    1. “Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”
      1. Received the Savior, leave the paths of sin.
      1. This is my duty to the Savior. (cf. Luke 17:10)
      1. Reject false doctrines wicked behavior that appeals to the flesh.
  3. Usefulness (2 Tim 2:20)
    1. “a great house” (cf. 1 Tim. 3:!5; Heb 3:6)
      1. What a truly great house is our Lord’s.
    1. “vessels of gold…silver…honour”
      1. “vessels” people believers
    1. “vessels of…wood..earth…dishonour”
      1. “vessels” people “make-believers”
        1. “Make-believers” could be Christian that pretends things that are so are not so; and things that are so are not so”
    1. What makes the difference?
  4. Difference (2 Tim. 2:21)
    1. “If a man therefore purge himself”
      1. Personal behavior, choice
    1. “from these”
      1. These speaks to the false doctrine, and false teachers, that some have followed.
      1. Separation required for purging. (Negative)
    1. “he shall be a vessel unto honour…meet for the Master’s use”
      1. Separated believer (Negative that brings about a positive.)
      1. Studier of the Scripture (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
      1. Obedient to the Lord’s Leadership (Example: Acts 16:6,7,9-10)
    1. “meet” (cf. Gen. 2:18)
    1. “sanctified”
      1. Separated to the Savior (cf. Rom. 6:13,19)
    1. “prepared unto every good work”
      1. Preparation for service.
  5. Run Away (2 Tim. 2:22)
    1. “Flee also youthful lusts” 
      1. We are not to argue the point, nor stay in its neighborhood.
      1. Run quickly like Joseph (cp. Gen. 29:7-12)
      1. Required of a “vessel unto honor”
    1. “Follow after”
      1. We are going to walk one way or the other, choose the way of the Lord.
      1. Don’t try to live in a vacuum (Replace the negative with the positive)
        1. “put off” “put on” (Eph 4:22,25 with 4:24; 6:11)
  6. Avoid (2 Tim. 2:23)
    1. “foolish and unlearned questions”
      1. Repeated warnings show danger and avoidance needed.
      1. Example: Genesis 3:1
    1. “knowing…gender strife”
      1. Purpose is not what we are to be focused on.
  7. Restrictions to Service (2 Tim. 2:24,25)
    1. “must not strive”
      1. Violation of vs. 23 will lead to violation of vs. 24
      1. Deals with personal work, personal soul-winning or counseling. (NOT preaching)
      1. Flip side in preaching (cf. Rom. 15:20; 1 Thess. 2:2; Tit. 1:13; 1 Tim. 2:20; 2Tim 4:2; Acts 9:29; 1 Cor 15:36; Phil 3:19; Rom 3:8)
        1. Importance of “rightly dividing word” for right application.
    1. “in meekness instructing”
      1. “meekness” forbearance, patient, quiet temperament.
    1. “those that oppose themselves”
      1. They are their own worst enemy.
      1. Give them the truth.
    1. “if God peradventure”
      1. God must move in the hearts of men.
        1. Does so through His words (cf. Mark 4:4; Deut. 8:3)
    1. “peradventure”
      1. Based on what a man does with the words of God.
        1. Receive or reject bring opposite effects.
    1. “give them repentance”
      1. God will work in the heart of those that receive His words.
      1. Notice the last part of this verse:
    1. “to the acknowledging of the truth”
      1. Here is the condition that must be met.
        1. Remember this specifically deals with those that were drawn way from the truth.
  8. Recovery (2 Tim 2:26)
    1. “That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil”
      1. Conditional to escape the devil’s trap.
    1. “that are taken captive by him at his will”
      1. The devil’s will is to trap men in unbelief.
      1. He can snare men if. Hs so chooses
        1. We are all susceptible to his snares. (Psa. 39:5)
        1. He trapped Job (Job 1:9-11)
        1. He trapped Peter (cf. Luke 22:31-34, 57)

Conclusion: So, what have we learned?

  • Stability and responsibility
  • Difference in vessels
  • Usefulness a product of obedience and faith in God’s words.

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8 (Part 8)

2 Timothy 2:15-19

Pastoral Epistles

Lesson 8 Part 8

2 Timothy 2:15-19

Introduction: We enter now on obedience to the scripture that is changed in every so-called updated bible. This is the only place in Scripture where we are told to “study” God’s word. Who would want to remove that????

  1. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
    1. “Study” a work in itself (Ecclesiastes 12:12)
      1. Previous Timothy called to suffer, now he is called to his work.
        1. The job of all pastors begins here.
      1. Requires:
        1. Read (Deuteronomy 17:19)
        1. Believe (Psalms 119:160)
        1. Meditate (Psalms 119:15)
        1. Pray over (Psalms 119:18, 34)
        1. Look for doctrine (2 Timothy 3:16)
    1. “to shew thyself approved unto God” (cf. 2 Corinthians 10:18)
      1. The goal of every preacher (God’s approval) (Matthew 25:23; Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; Hebrews 11:5-6)
    1. “a workman”
      1. Preachers must accomplish their given work (Example John 21:21-22)
    1. “needeth not to be ashamed”
      1. In contrast to those who corrupt the words of God (2 Corinthians 2:17)
    1. “rightly dividing the word of truth”
      1. “Cut straight”
      1. Note there are definite divisions (Things that are different are not the same)
      1. Right division absolutely necessary to understand scripture.
        1. Example: OT NT
      1. Not in the business of inventing but in the business of delivering (2 Timothy 4:2)
    1. “truth” (Psalms 119:160)
  2. “But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” (2 Timothy 2:16)
    1. “shun” stay clear
    1. “profane and vain babblings”
      1. The teachings of men (Titus 3:9; 1 Timothy 1:4; 4:7; 6:20; Colossians 2:8)
  3. “And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;” (2 Timothy 2:17)
    1. “eat as doth a canker” (like cancer)
    1. “Hymenaeus and Philetus;” (false teachers in the church)
      1. Paul turned over to satan for the destruction of the flesh (1 Timothy 1:20)
        1. Overthrow the faith of some (1 Timothy 1:18)
  4. “Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.” (2 Timothy 2:18)
    1. “concerning the truth have erred”
      1. Erring from the truth is sin.
        1. Note: they erred concerning “THE TRUTH”
      1. The truth they had erred from:
    1. “saying that the resurrection is past already”
      1. Denial of the resurrection is a corrupting doctrine
      1. The defense of which is found clearly and plainly in 1 Corinthians 15.
      1. The doctrine of the resurrection is the foundation of the Gospel message (no resurrection no gospel.)
        1. Corrupted the interpretation of the clear teaching of Scripture.
      1. The first resurrection is physical (Rev. 20:2-5), future, is not the second resurrection (which is also future) (Rev. 20:11-15)
        1. “The King is Coming” basically teaches a general resurrection.
    1. “overthrow the faith of some”
      1. To overthrow is to take by force.
      1. The fruit of erring from the truth.
        1. “Error is productive, it spreads like wildfire, destroys the faith of some”
  5. “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2 Timothy 2:19)
    1. “the foundation of God”
      1. Christ and the Apostles (Eph. 2:20; 1 Cor. 3:11)
      1. Context is someone’s faith being overthrown compared to a faith which cannot be overthrown.
        1. The faith that God laid  (1 Tim. 1:2, 4, 19; 2 Tim. 3:8; 4:7; Tit. 1:1,4)
      1. The faith of our God is secure.
    1. “having this seal”
      1. First seal comforts: “the Lord knoweth them that are his”
        1. He will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5)
        1. He has sealed us (Ephesians 1:13; 2 Corinthians 1:22)
        1. He knows us (John 10:14)
    1. “Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
      1. Response to the Lord’s seal upon us is departing from iniquity.
        1. Leave the paths of sin.
      1. This is my duty as His purchased possession (1 Corinthians 6:20)

Conclusion: So let us do our duty to God and glorify the One that bought us out of the slave market of sin.

      In our next study we will consider, to begin with, the vessels in the household.

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8 (Part 7)

2 Timothy 2:11-14

Pastoral Epistles

Lesson 8 (part 7)

2 Timothy 2:11-14

Introduction: We are now come to part 6, in our study on Lesson 8, Pastoral Epistles. In verses 8 through 13 we see a:

  1. Faithful preaching text (2 Timothy 2:11)
    1. “It is a faithful saying”
      1. “faithful saying” used 4 times in scripture
        1. “Christ Jesus came to save sinners”(1Timothy 1:15)
        1. “godliness is profitable unto all things” )1 Timothy 4:8-9)
        1. “dead with him…also live with him” (2 Timothy 2:11)
        1. “careful to maintain good works” (Titus 3:8)
        1. These are texts we are to preach, without fear of contradiction.
        1. God’s words are faithful and pure words (Psalms 12:6, 7; 119:138)
    1. “For if we be dead with him”
      1. “old man crucified” (Romans 6:5-7)
        1. We are crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:19-20)
    1. “we shall also live with him”
      1. “live with him” (Romans 6:8-12)
      1. Our life hid (Colossians 3:3,4)
      1. Yes, weak today, but just wait (2 Corinthians 13:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:10)
  2. Suffering rewarded (2 Timothy 2:12)
    1. “If we suffer”
      1. Suffering requires endurance by the grace of God (2 Corinthians 12:9)
        1. Reproached for Christ’s sake (1 Peter 4:13-16)
        1. “suffer according to the will of God” (1 Peter 4:19)
    1. “we shall also reign with him”
      1. Reminder that suffering now condition of reigning then (Romans 8:17-18)
      1. “well done” (Luke 19:17)
    1. “If we deny him”
      1. Why would we?
        1. The weakness of the flesh in everyday living, sometimes to comfortable.
        1. Peter’s denial (John 13:36-38)
        1. Spirit willing flesh weak (Matthew 26:38-41)
    1. “he also will deny us”
      1. Deny us what?
        1. Cannot speak of our salvation for we are sealed by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30)
        1. Speaks of loss of reigning in the millennial reign of the Savior.
          1. Inheritance is a reward, conditional on suffering and serving (Romans 8:17)
          1. Lost by failure to suffer and serve. (Revelation 3:11)
          1. Example: Things people do (Galatians 5:19-21)
          1. Example: What people can be (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
          1. Example: What a Christian cannot be (1 Corinthians 6:11)
  3. What about failure in faith (2 Timothy 2:13)?
    1. “If we believe not”
      1. The weakness of the flesh under torture.
      1. The weakness of the flesh through doubting
    1. “yet he abideth faithful”
      1. It is the Lord that never fails (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
      1. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2)
    1. “he cannot deny himself”
      1. We are born into his family (John 1:10-13)
        1. This is our consolation (Hebrews 6:18-20)
      1. Jesus is the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2)
      1. He can never say of the believer “I never knew you” (Matthew 7:23)
        1. For he knows us (John 10:27-29)
        1. Our salvation is not in question only our inheritance in the millennium.
  4. Remember! (2 Timothy 2:14)
    1. “Of these things put them in remembrance”
      1. “these things” to be reminded of:
        1. The benefit of being dead with the Savior (vs. 11)
        1. The benefit of suffering for the Savior (vs. 12)
        1. The knowledge that our salvation is secure in the Savior. (vs. 13)
    1. “charging them”
      1. Orders to be given, not suggestions.
        1. Instructing, commanding
      1. Duty to be done.
    1. “that they strive not about words to no profit”
      1. A call that is repeated to Timothy and Titus (1 Timothy 6:4, 5, 23; 1:4; 6:20; Titus 3:9)
        1. Good for us to remember in our day when words are twisted.
    1. “but to the subverting of the hearers”
      1. Such are used to confuse not to benefit. (cp. Jeremiah 23:36)
      1. To overthrow not to establish.
        1. “corrupting, confusing, perverting” the hearers.
        1. Entirely destroying the faith of the hearer.

Conclusion: Thus, we learn our responsibilities as shepherds to the Lord’s flock.

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8 (Part 6)

2 Timothy 2:8-14

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8 (Part 6)

Pastoral Epistles

Lesson 8 (part 6)

2 Timothy 2:8-14

Introduction: We are now come to part 6, in our study on Lesson 8, Pastoral Epistles. In verses 8 through 13 we see a:

  1. Reminder to the shepherd: (2 Timothy 2:8)
    1. “Remember”
      1. We are a forgetful people: (cp. Deuteronomy 8:11)
        1. Forgetfulness leads to disobedience and faithlessness.
    1. “that Jesus Christ of the seed of David”
      1. Our Lord’s physical birth, “made of the seed of David” (Romans 1:3 cp. John 7:42)
    1. “was raised from the dead”
      1. The testimony of witnesses (Acts 3:15)
      1. “dieth no more” (Romans 6:9)
      1. The Savior we await (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
    1. “according to my gospel”
      1. The gospel message given to Paul directly from the Savior received not of man (Galatians 1:11-12)
      1. The gospel Paul preached (1 Corinthians 15:1-11)
        1. Problem confronting (1 Corinthians 15:12-19)
        1. Assurance given (1 Corinthians 15:20)
        1. Remember Paul gives us church doctrine and behavior in the church (1 Timothy 3:15)
  2. Problem right doctrine causes (2 Timothy 2:9)
    1. “Wherein I suffer trouble”
      1. Trouble is to be expected, preacher
        1. Jesus said of Paul (Acts 9:16)
        1. Paul says of the preacher (2 Timothy 3:12)
          1. Jesus says of His own (Mark 13:13)
    1. “as an evil doer even unto bonds”
      1. Ambassador in bonds” (Ephesians 6:20)
      1. Causing shame to come on (1 Peter 3:16)
        1. Make certain not truly an evil doer (1 Peter 4:15)
      1. See that we are not ashamed of the chain that may come (2 Timothy 1:8, 16)
    1. “but the word of God is not bound”
      1. The preacher may be, but not the message (Col 4:3)
      1. For it is the living words of the Living God (Hebrews 4:12)
        1. Moving, searching, life giving.
  3. Responding to the opposition (2 Timothy 2:10)
    1. “Therefore”
      1. In view of the gift given of the Father (John 3:16)
      1. In view of the resurrection power of God (Romans 1:4; Philippians 3:10)
      1. In view of the lively hope that is ours (1 Peter 1:3)
        1. What is that lively hope? (Revelation 20:6)
    1. “I endure all things”
      1. Endure is ours today (2 Timothy 2:3)
    1. “for the elect’s sake”
      1. Paul’s enduring to encourage the Christians (Ephesians 3:13)
      1. “Elect” (1 Peter 1:2)
        1. We are elect by believing the gospel message (1 Thessalonians 1:4-6)
    1. “that they”
      1. The “they” is the saved believers
      1. “the elect” spoken of previously.
    1. “may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus”
      1. That which Paul wanted for the saved, more than just being saved.
      1. Wanted a complete ministry for the Savior.
        1. Standing fast (Philippians 1:27)
        1. “abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
    1. “with eternal glory”
      1. Deals with millennial reign of the Savior (2 Timothy 2:12)
        1. Our inheritance in the kingdom of Christ that can be lost (Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 2:24)
          1. Not our salvation, our inheritance!
      1. Reigning is conditional upon suffering (Romans 8:17-18)
      1. Reigning is conditional on serving (Colossians 3:24)
  4. Faithful preaching text (2 Timothy 2:11)
    1. “It is a faithful saying”
      1. This is a text we can preach without fear of contradiction.
      1. God’s words are faithful and pure words (Psalms 12:6, 7; 119:138)
    1. “For if we be dead with him”
      1. We are crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:19-20)
    1. “we shall also live with him”
      1. Our life hid (Colossians 3:3,4)
      1. Yes, weak today, but just wait (2 Corinthians 13:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:10)
  5. Suffering rewarded (2 Timothy 2:12)
    1. “If we suffer”
      1. Suffering requires endurance by the grace of God (Acts 14:12)
        1. Reproached for Christ’s sake (1 Peter 4:13-16)
    1. “we shall also reign with him”
      1. Reminder that suffering now condition of reigning then (Romans 8:17-18)
    1. “If we deny him”
      1. Why would we?
        1. The weakness of the flesh in every day living, sometimes to comfortable.
    1. “he also will deny us”
      1. Deny us what?
        1. Cannot speak of our salvation for we are sealed by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30)
        1. Speaks of loss of reigning in the millennial reign of the Savior.
          1. Earned by suffering and serving.
          1. Lost by failure to suffer and serve.
  6. What about failure in faith (2 Timothy 2:13)?
    1. “If we believe not”
      1. The weakness of the flesh under torture.
      1. The weakness of the flesh through doubting
    1. “yet he abideth faithful”
      1. It is the Lord that never fails (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
      1. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2)
    1. “he cannot deny himself”
      1. We are born into his family (John 1:10-13)
        1. This is our consolation (Hebrews 6:18-20)
      1. Jesus is the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2)
      1. He can never say of the believer “I never knew you”
        1. For he knows us (John 10:27-29)
        1. Our salvation is not in question only our inheritance in the millennium.
  7. Remember! (2 Timothy 2:14)
    1. “Of these things put them in remembrance”
      1. “these things” to be reminded of:
        1. The benefit of being dead with the Savior (vs. 11)
        1. The benefit of suffering for the Savior (vs. 12)
        1. The knowledge that our salvation is secure in the Savior. (vs. 13)
    1. “charging them”
      1. Orders to be given, not suggestions.
      1. Duty to be done.
    1. “that they strive not about words to no profit”
      1. The danger of arguing over words, semantics. (cf. 1 Timothy 6:4-5)
        1. Good for us to remember in our day when words are twisted.
    1. “but to the subverting of the hearers”
      1. Such are used to confuse not to benefit. (cp. Jeremiah 23:36)
        1. “corrupting, confusing, perverting” the overhearing.

Conclusion: Thus, we learn our responsibilities as shepherds to the Lord’s flock.

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8 (Part 5)

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 8 (Part 5)

Pastoral Epistles 8 (Part 5)

Dr. John Cook / General

2 Timothy 2:6-7

2 Timothy 2:6 KJV 1900

The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.

  • “husbandman”
    • Farmer, vinedresser
    • Husbandman carries meaning of caring for.
      • Husband: manage prudently and economically; manager
    • “that laboureth
    • Ministry is a job, it’s labour (1 Corinthians 3:5–9; 1 Timothy 5:18)
      • Labour belongs to the husbandman. “…planted…watered…”
      • Results belong to God. “…God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6)
    • Calls for hard ground broken up: Jeremiah 4:3
    • “…fallow ground…”
  • Calls for cleanup: “…sow not among thorns…” (cp. Matthew 13:42)
  • Seed spread as we read in Matthew 13; Mark 3; Luke 8
    • Parable “Sower and the seed” teach us the job and results seen in time.
  • Requires patience: Galatians 6:9
    • Self-discipline, training, self-denial, alertness
  • Requires hardness:
    • Sweat
    • Carefulness “study”
    • Prayer
    • motivation
  • Requires faithfulness:
    • Stay by the crop, work the ground, weed, guard (Proverbs 27:23–27)
    • Keep the foxes out: (Song of Solomon 2:15; Isaiah 5:1–7)
  • Is entitled to eat of the crop: 1 Corinthians 9:7
    • We work for God:  “And said unto them; go…” (Matthew 20:4 cp. 28:19)
    • God in his grace enables us to partake of the fruits: Galatians 5:22
      • Sample of what is to come.

2 Timothy 2:7 KJV 1900

Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.

  • “Consider”
    • Don’t take it lightly.
    • Let it sink in!
  • “Consider what I say”
  • Consider the job.
  • Consider the difficulties.
  • Consider Whose we are.
  • “and the Lord give thee understanding in all things”
  • We depend on the Lord for the understanding of the work that is before us.
    • We depend on the Lord for source of our strength.
    • We depend on the Lord for the crop to come. (Isaiah 28:10, 13)
  • Time to grow up: 1 Corinthians 14:20
    • No longer children, now men
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ gives us the understanding: 1 John 5:20; 16:13–16
    • We are dependent on the Lord for strength, and outcome.
    • All by the work of God in our lives.

Conclusion

  1. Our job
  2. Our crops
  3. Our strength

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 7 (Part 2)

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 7 Part 2

Dr. John Cook / General

Introduction

2 Timothy 1:4 KJV 1900

Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;

Paul’s Heart’s Desire

“Greatly desiring to see thee”

•     Paul’s desire speaks to what should be our desire:

•     Desire to be with God’s people

•     Prayers very personal.

•     What is missing today?

•     Early Churches’ Love for One Another.

Romans 1:11 KJV 1900

For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end you may be established;

1 Thessalonians 2:17 KJV 1900

But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.

•     Why the Loss?

“being mindful of thy tears”

•     Tears such as found in:

Acts 20:37–38 KJV 1900

And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him, 

Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.

Timothy’s tears perhaps:

•     Tears for the Difficulties Faced Alone

How to Face:

1 Kings 3:7–9 KJV 1900

And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 

And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

•     This we certainly need to stay in the ministry

•     Tears of the Absence of Close Fellowship

“that I may be filled with joy;

At the Presence of Timothy:

•     Joy of seeing his son in the ministry!

•     Joy of ministering to Timothy once more!

•     Joy for seeing the faithfulness of Timothy in the ministry!

•     Paul Needed Such Encouragement:

2 Timothy 4:9 KJV 1900

Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:

2 Timothy 4:21 KJV 1900

Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren.

•     So do we all!

2 Timothy 1:5 KJV 1900

When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

Remembering:

When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee”

•     Paul rejoiced at Timothy’s testimony of faith!

•     Outward actions for the Savior shows our faith to others!

•     Consider:

James 2:18 KJV 1900

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

Important Because of Men

1 Samuel 16:7 KJV 1900

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Appearances Matter:

1 Thessalonians 5:22 KJV 1900

Abstain from all appearance of evil.

unfeigned faithwhich dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice”

•     Christian Heritage Rejoiced In

Acts 16:1–3 KJV 1900

Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: 

Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 

Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.

3 John 4 KJV 1900

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Rejoicing in the Fruit of Such Faith:

Philippians 2:19–20 KJV 1900

But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 

For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.

Conclusion: Paul reminds:

Serve God With a Pure Conscience.

Pray for Our Brothers in the Lord.

True Faith is Unfeigned and will Stand the Trials.

Christian Should and Do Desire Close Fellowship

All Need Encouragement in the Lord’s Service.

Pastoral Epistles Lesson 7 (Part 1)

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Pastoral Epistles Lesson 7 Part 1

Dr. John Cook / General

Introduction

2 Timothy 1:1 KJV 1900

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

Paul is the writer of the book:

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God”

Declaration of His apostleship

Authority: “the will of God”

Must know our authority!

Matches Intro in Colossians:

Colossians 1:1 KJV 1900

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother,

“according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

Called our Hope:

Titus 1:2 KJV 1900

In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Life in the Savior:

Colossians 3:3 KJV 1900

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Jesus is my Hope:

Colossians 1:27 KJV 1900

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

My Hope is not a what but is a Who!

Jesus is my Life:

1 John 5:11–12 KJV 1900

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

1 John 5:20 KJV 1900

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Jesus is the Gift and Giver of Eternal Life:

1 John 5:10–13 KJV 1900

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

Jesus Gave His Life:

John 10:11 KJV 1900

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

2 Timothy 1:2 KJV 1900

To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

To Timothy, my dearly beloved son”

Addressed to Timothy, Paul’s son in the Faith!

1 Timothy 1:2 KJV 1900

Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

“Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Grace: God Giving Me What I do Not Deserve.

Mercy: God Not Giving Me What I do Deserve

Peace: God Giving Me What is Beyond My Understanding

Philippians 4:7 KJV 1900

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

“from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord”

God the Father the Source of all Blessings

God the Son the Access to all Blessings

2 Timothy 1:3 KJV 1900

I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;

“I thank God”

Thanksgivings Belong to God

Revelation 7:12 KJV 1900

Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Paul’s Heritage:

“whom I serve from my forefathers”

Paul’s Conscience:

“with pure conscience”

Romans 9:1 KJV 1900

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

Acts 24:16 KJV 1900

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

“that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day”

Constant Prayer: don’t quit praying

1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV 1900

Pray without ceasing.

Conclusion:

  • Paul the writer
  • Timothy the addressee
  • Message:
    • Jesus our Hope!
    • Jesus our Life!
  • Gifts from God to us as Christians:
    • Grace
    • Mercy
    • Peace

Lesson 6 Pastoral Epistles (Part 8)

1 Timothy 6:19-21

1 Timothy 6:19 KJV 1900

Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

“laying up in store for themselves…”

Careful where you lay up those stores:

Matthew 6:19–21 KJV 1900

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

There is one thing that is certain, ETERNITY:

Luke 12:33 KJV 1900

Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

We must not trust in uncertain riches!

Now consider:

“…a good foundation…”

Where is that foundation to be found, in the Lord:

Luke 6:48–49 KJV 1900

He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

Where is that foundation to be found, in love:

Ephesians 3:17 KJV 1900

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Where is that foundation to be found, in understanding and knowing the Lord:

Jeremiah 9:23–24 KJV 1900

Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Neither let the mighty man glory in his might, Let not the rich man glory in his riches:

But let him that glorieth glory in this, That he understandeth and knoweth me, That I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: For in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

Next, consider the time that is important:

“…against the time to come…”

The time to come is ETERNITY:

1 Timothy 6:7 KJV 1900

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

Departure from TIME is certain:

James 1:9–11 KJV 1900

Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

In ETERNITY comes the Judgment Seat of Christ:

2 Corinthians 5:10–11 KJV 1900

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

Then consider what we are to lay hold on:

“…that they man lay hold on…”

Hold on to our blessed hope:

Titus 2:13 KJV 1900

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

This is a LIVING hope:

1 Peter 1:3–5 KJV 1900

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Moving on we see:

1 Timothy 6:20 KJV 1900

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

Paul addresses the call:

“…O Timothy…”

The addressee is:

Paul speaks directly to Timothy!

Warning that has been delivered to him:

1 Timothy 6:11 KJV 1900

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Order for direct action for Timothy to take:

2 Timothy 2:1 KJV 1900

Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

Furthermore:

“…keep that which is committed to thy trust…”

Faithful stewardship is required:

1 Peter 4:10 KJV 1900

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Corinthians 4:2 KJV 1900

Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

The TRUST given:

1 Timothy 1:11 KJV 1900

According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

The glorious gospel must be delivered in its purity:

Galatians 1:6–7 KJV 1900

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

The glorious gospel is SOUND Gospel:

2 Timothy 1:13–14 KJV 1900

Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.

The glorious gospel is a FAITHFUL Gospel:

Titus 1:9 KJV 1900

Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Staying true to the words of God is how we show our Love for the Savior:

John 14:23 KJV 1900

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

What we are to avoid:

“…avoiding profane and vain babblings…”

Words of no profit:

“Babblings” are nothing but “hot air!”

For example:

1 Timothy 4:7 KJV 1900

But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

How do we avoid:

2 Timothy 3:14–17 KJV 1900

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Furthermore:

“…and oppositions of science falsely so called…”

This is the world’s wisdom:

1 Corinthians 3:19 KJV 1900

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

Strikes at the heart of educated!

“science falsely so called”

Shows they called that science which is not science!

“…science..” missing from most new bibles, replaced by “knowledge”!

What’s their problem:

Dislike their “god” being called false!

Now look at:

1 Timothy 6:21 KJV 1900

Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

Path to error:

“Which some professing have erred concerning the faith…”

Who have erred:

“Some” those that put science in front of God’s words!”

Where is the true knowledge:

Begins with “the fear of the Lord”:

Psalm 111:10 KJV 1900

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: A good understanding have all they that do his commandments: His praise endureth for ever.

Found in the Savior:

Colossians 2:3 KJV 1900

In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

No knowledge outside of the Savior:

Colossians 2:8 KJV 1900

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

Whence comes error:

Following the world’s wisdom:

1 Corinthians 3:18–20 KJV 1900

Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

1 Corinthians 2:6–8 KJV 1900

Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The outcome of error:

1 Timothy 1:19 KJV 1900

Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

Finally:

“…Grace be with thee. Amen.”

To continue in the ministry:

We Need God’s Grace Alway

To stay faithful though others depart from the truth of God’s words!

Good test:

1 Timothy 6:5 KJV 1900

Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

1 Timothy 6:10 KJV 1900

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

1 Timothy 6:20 KJV 1900

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

Lesson 6 Pastoral Epistles (Part 7)

1 Timothy 6:16-18

Hello, and welcome to John Cook Ministries. I’m John Cook; a bible believing, KJV, retired missionary. This is a series of study on

The Pastoral Epistles:

•     1 Timothy

•     2Timothy

•     Titus

1 Timothy 6:16 KJV 1900

Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

“…who only hath immortality…”

Jesus Shall Never Die

He is our guarantee of immortality!

Colossians 3:3 KJV 1900

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Jesus is the Eternal God!

Psalm 90:2 KJV 1900

Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

John 8:58 KJV 1900

Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

“…dwelling in the light which no man can approach…”

1 John 1:5 KJV 1900

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Psalm 104:2 KJV 1900

Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: Who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

Revelation 21:3 KJV 1900

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Revelation 22:5 KJV 1900

And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

“…whom no man hath see, nor can see…”

Exodus 33:20 KJV 1900

And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Jesus the Revelation of God to Man

John 1:18 KJV 1900

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

Colossians 1:15 KJV 1900

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Hebrews 1:3 KJV 1900

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

“….to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.”

All glory belongs to Him

Ephesians 3:21 KJV 1900

Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Jude 25 KJV 1900

to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Revelation 4:11 KJV 1900

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Romans 11:36 KJV 1900

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

All Power Belongs to Him

Psalm 62:11 KJV 1900

God hath spoken once; Twice have I heard this; That power belongeth unto God.

Our Service Must be in His Power and For His Glory

1 Peter 4:11 KJV 1900

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 6:17 KJV 1900

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

“…charge them that are rich in this world…”

What God Expects of the Rich

Direct and Definite Charge to be Delivered

“…be not high minded…”

Proverbs 28:11 KJV 1900

The rich man is wise in his own conceit; But the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

God can take what we have

Job 12:20 KJV 1900

He removeth away the speech of the trusty, And taketh away the understanding of the aged.

Don’t be to proud of what you have, it all can disappear in an instant!

Proverbs 27:24 KJV 1900

For riches are not for ever: And doth the crown endure to every generation?

Riches can be dangerous!

Deuteronomy 6:10–12 KJV 1900

And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not,

And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full;

Then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

“…nor trust in uncertain riches…”

Riches are Fleeting

Psalm 52:7 KJV 1900

Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; But trusted in the abundance of his riches, And strengthened himself in his wickedness.

Proverbs 23:5 KJV 1900

Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Proverbs 11:28 KJV 1900

He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: But the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

“Money talks, it says “Good bye!”

“…trust…in the living God…”

Psalm 62:8–10 KJV 1900

Trust in him at all times; ye people, Pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: To be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.

Trust not in oppression, And become not vain in robbery: If riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

Psalm 84:11–12 KJV 1900

For the Lord God is a sun and shield: The Lord will give grace and glory: No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

“…who giveth us richly all things to enjoy…”

God in Christ is the Source of all Blessings

Psalm 104:28 KJV 1900

That thou givest them they gather: Thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good.

Acts 17:25 KJV 1900

Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

Psalm 68:19 KJV 1900

Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loadeth us with benefits, Even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Lamentations 3:22–23 KJV 1900

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Look Carefully Where You Put Your Treasure

Matthew 6:19–20 KJV 1900

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

1 Timothy 6:18 KJV 1900

That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

“…charge them that are rich in this world…that they do good….”

Psalm 34:14 KJV 1900

Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it.

Use What God has Given to the Benefit of Others

Galatians 6:10 KJV 1900

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

“…that they be rich in good works…”

Titus 2:14 KJV 1900

Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Ephesians 2:10 KJV 1900

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

“…ready to distribute…”

The Opposite of the Flesh

Looking Out for Others

Romans 12:13 KJV 1900

Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

1 John 3:17 KJV 1900

But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

“…willing to communicate…”

Hebrews 13:16 KJV 1900

But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Philippians 4:15 KJV 1900

Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

Conclusion

•     Honour and Glory Goes to God

•     Response of the Rich in God’s Service

Lesson 6 Pastoral Epistles (Part 6)

1 Timothy 6:14-15

Here’s the charge:

1 Timothy 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

  1. “That thou keep this commandment”
    1. What Paul is declaring here is not just a good idea or his opinion.
      1. A command to follow
        1. Command: 1 Timothy 6:11-12 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
      1. Soldiers are to obey commands
      1. Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
  2. without spot”
    1. Loose living avoided: 2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
    1. Obedient living: 2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
    1. Spot has to do with leprosy
      1. First mention: Leviticus 13:2 When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests:
    1. Said another way: Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  3. unrebukable”
    1. As an obedient child of God: Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
    1. Our Lord shall present us unrebukable: Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
  4. How long: “until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ”
    1. His appearing our blessed hope: Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
      1. 1 John 3:2-3 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
    1. Blameless in the Savior:1 Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1. The day we are looking for: Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
      1. 1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

  1. “Which in his times”
    1. “His times” goes from the Lord’s appearing to his bride to the Great White Throne Judgment (1007 years).
    1. Our service will be revealed: 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
  2. “he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
    1. God is going to let all know Who is in charge: Isaiah 45:21-25 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.
      1. Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father