This week, continuing our study of 2 Timothy, we will be looking at verses 2:10-13…
10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 11 The saying is trustworthy, for:
If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
12 if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;
13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
for he cannot deny himself.
Questions to consider:
– What does it mean to endure everything for the sake of the elect?!?! For Paul, this meant being thrown in jail and ultimately dying. What does it mean for us? Does – being a nice person, leaving a big tip at lunch, not cheating in class, only getting “buzzed” when we drink, and watching “The Hangover” but covering our eyes during the bad parts – constitute as everything we must endure for the sake of the elect? It is true that most of us will not be thrown in jail or killed for “enduring everything”, but if we really are God’s tools for saving his people how does that shape they way we live life? (hint: it probably has just as much to do with our character (aka being a good person) as it has to do with our actions (aka being on mission to serve others) )
– What does salvation mean? Is our whole goal on earth to get as many people as we can to “pray the prayer”, raise their hand to signify their trust in Jesus, and turn off KISS-FM and turn on K-LOVE? Or perhaps, is the biblical idea of salvation a bit more then that? Surely the Bible is clear that Jesus is the only way to eternal salvation and that we must repent from our sins and trust in Him to become a part of that. But, what if the 80 years we spend on earth were not just a “waiting room” until we go to heaven or hell? What if when Jesus said, “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand” he meant it? What if the biblical idea for salvation meant meeting people’s spiritual AND physical/emotional needs?
And finally, what how are we to view this “trustworthy saying” in light of Jesus’ commands in Matthew 10:5-42?