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