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The Last Words of the Apostle Paul


Daily Bible Reading – Amos 1-3; Psalm 80; 2 Timothy 4

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 4:6-18

The last book in the Bible written by the apostle Paul is 2 Timothy.  At this point in his life, he was locked away in a prison in Rome for preaching the Gospel.  Paul knew that he was nearing the end of his life, and he sent one last letter to his friend Timothy.  When I read 2 Timothy, I cannot help but feel a little bit sad and I cannot help but feel a little bit sorry for Paul.  After all, he did nothing wrong and was living a Godly life, but because of the sinfulness of this world he was persecuted, imprisoned, and eventually killed for his faith.  Today’s key passage contains the last known words we have written by Paul, and while he had every right to be depressed or even angry about his current predicament that is not what we see in his words.  As Paul was closing his letter, and in fact as he was “closing” his life, his words show that even when nearing death, Paul’s character did not change.  His words near death reflected the same three characteristics that defined his entire life – faith, love, and forgiveness.

Faith – Our passage begins with these words from Paul – “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (Vss. 6-8)  As Paul grew closer and closer to his last days, he had no fear of death.  He had no doubts about where he was going or about the reward that was awaiting him in Heaven.  In the face of death, Paul had the same unshakable faith that he had during his entire life.

Love – Though Paul was most likely living in a cold, damp dungeon, in his words we still see love.  Though Demas deserted him (Vs. 10), in his words we still see love.  In his words, we see the love Paul has for Luke who was the only person left with him who was faithful.  In his words, we see the love for Timothy as he asked his good friend to visit him soon.  In his words, we even see a love for Mark as he asks Timothy to bring Mark with him when he comes to visit.  If you will remember from Acts 15:36-41, earlier in his life Paul did not have the best relationship with Mark.  During his first missionary journey, Mark left Paul and Barnabas which was upsetting for Paul.  This strained relationship with Mark was so bad that it caused Paul and Barnabas to part company completely.  Obviously, though, Paul and Mark must have reconciled and we see that Paul had nothing but love for Mark.

Forgiveness – We have already seen that Paul must have forgiven Mark for his past indiscretions, but we also see a greater level of forgiveness in Paul’s words.  He says, “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.” (Vs. 16)  Paul forgave the people who deserted him, and he was hoping that God would forgive them as well.  Just as Jesus forgave even the men who crucified him, Paul forgave the ones who deserted him.

Near the end of his life, Paul still had a great message and he still had great character.  My prayer today is that at the end of our lives, we all have the same characteristics of faith, love, and forgiveness that Paul displayed in this book.  Since we do not know when the end will come, we have to be prepared by living our lives each day with these characteristics in mind.  There is no better day to begin that than today.

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The Origin and Purpose of the Bible


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 13,14; 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Timothy 3

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 3:14-17

 

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the Bible?  Where did it come from?  Or what about its purpose?  Why do we have the Bible?  If you have ever found yourself asking these questions, then today’s key passage has the answers you have been seeking.  In it, the Apostle Paul is writing to his friend Timothy.  Timothy was a young man and was one of the first second-generation Christians.  At this point in history, most Christians were first-generation, meaning they converted because they heard the good news about Jesus Christ from an evangelist and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.  Timothy, on the other hand, grew up learning about God.  As a small boy, his mother and grandmother read him the Holy Scriptures and taught him about God and about the Gospel of Christ, which led him to becoming a believer himself.  In today’s passage, Paul reminds Timothy of his youth, and then reminds him of the origin and purpose of the Word of God.

Origin of the Bible

Paul reminds Timothy that, “all Scripture is God-breathed” (Vs. 16).  What does this mean?  A lot of times people have a tendency to think of the Bible as simply a collection of stories about God.  They wrongly believe that the Bible represents merely our human interpretation of who God is and what He has done.  While it is technically true that the Bible was written down by the hands of human beings, that is only half of the story.  The people who wrote the Bible did not do so on their own.  They did not write it based on their own ideas of God.  Instead, they wrote exactly what God wanted them to write.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God inspired these writers to tell His story.  The Bible comes from God, and we can trust in it because God was in complete control of its writing.

Purpose of the Bible

Paul continues in our passage and reminds Timothy of the purpose of the Bible.  He says that the Bible, “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. (Vs. 16)  Because the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we can trust what it says about Him.  We can have faith that the character of God represented in the Bible is accurate, and therefore by reading His Word we can learn about Him.  In addition, the Bible helps us to know the difference between right and wrong.  As we read it, we can begin to discern how God wants us to live our lives, and we can discern the things in life He wants us to avoid.  Through following His Word, we can be trained in righteousness, and can learn to live a holy and blameless life through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

As we study the Bible, we must never forget one final note about its purpose.  Paul reminds Timothy that the Bible is useful, “so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (Vs. 17)  The purpose of the Bible is not simply education or training for the sake of training.  We read it to learn how to do God’s will, and it is only useful to us if it leads us to action.  We can read the Bible all day from cover to cover, but the real power of God’s inspired Word comes when we begin living it.

The next time you sit down to read your Bible, keep these things in mind.  Remember that the Book you are holding in your hands was written by the Creator of the universe.  Remember that He wrote it to show you who He is, and how you should live your life.  When you read, allow the words to strengthen your spirit and your faith in God.  Above all else, when you read, allow the words to lead you to do God’s will.

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Uncovering the Truth


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Timothy 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 3:1-9

In Paul’s second letter to Timothy (his last known writing that we have in the Bible), Paul spends some time talking about the last days.  The last days refers to the time between when the Holy Spirit came upon the believers at Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection and the second coming of Christ.  In other words, we are currently living in the last days.  Paul talked about false teachers who will be active during this period, and he warns Timothy, and us, about these people.  He says that these people will have the “form of godliness” meaning that they will appear to be Christian on the outside, but will not actually be following Christ on the inside.  This “form of godliness” includes going to church, knowing Christian doctrine, and following a community’s traditions and social mores.  These practices might make a person look good on the outside, but Paul warns that on the inside they are not really living in love and are not really practicing what they preach.  He says that while it may be difficult at first to distinguish between these people and the true believers, eventually the actions of these people will bring the truth to light.

People cannot pretend forever.  Sin will not hide forever.  Some people may be pretty good at hiding sin, but eventually our true hearts will be revealed.  While reading this passage, I was hit with a thought.  What if we were guaranteed that all of our actions, words, and thoughts would one day be revealed to everyone?  What if we knew that all of our family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances would one day know all of the details about us?  If we knew this to be true, would we live our lives any differently?  Would we make different choices?  Would we guard our hearts more carefully?  While this idea of all of our peers knowing our innermost thoughts is not Biblically sound, we do know that God knows our innermost thoughts.  We know that God is fully aware of everything about us.  He knows everything we have ever said, done, or thought.  On the Day of Judgment, we will be forced to account for these things before God.  Before God, we will not be able to hide our true motives.  We will not be able to hide our sin.  We will not be able to undo our mistakes.  On that day, it will be like walking in to take an exam and realizing that we forgot to study.  We cannot study that day…it will not do us any good.  We can, however, start to prepare now.  We can prepare our hearts for that day.  We can confess our sinfulness to God and ask for His forgiveness through His Son Jesus Christ.  We can accept Him as the Lord of our lives, and we can start to follow Him – not just going to church or reading the Bible, but actually following Him.  We can start living as He has directed.  We can learn to obey Him.  Now is the time to start that process.  If we start today and change everything about ourselves that we would not want to be uncovered later, we will have nothing to fear about tomorrow.

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The Last Words of the Apostle Paul


Daily Bible Reading – Amos 1-3; Psalm 80; 2 Timothy 4

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 4:6-18

The last book in the Bible written by the apostle Paul is 2 Timothy.  At this point in his life, he was locked away in a prison in Rome for preaching the Gospel.  Paul knew that he was nearing the end of his life, and he sent one last letter to his friend Timothy.  When I read 2 Timothy, I cannot help but feel a little bit sad and I cannot help but feel a little bit sorry for Paul.  After all, he did nothing wrong and was living a Godly life, but because of the sinfulness of this world he was persecuted, imprisoned, and eventually killed for his faith.  Today’s key passage contains the last known words we have written by Paul, and while he had every right to be depressed or even angry about his current predicament that is not what we see in his words.  As Paul was closing his letter, and in fact as he was “closing” his life, his words show that even when nearing death, Paul’s character did not change.  His words near death reflected the same three characteristics that defined his entire life – faith, love, and forgiveness.

Faith – Our passage begins with these words from Paul – “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (Vss. 6-8)  As Paul grew closer and closer to his last days, he had no fear of death.  He had no doubts about where he was going or about the reward that was awaiting him in Heaven.  In the face of death, Paul had the same unshakable faith that he had during his entire life.

Love – Though Paul was most likely living in a cold, damp dungeon, in his words we still see love.  Though Demas deserted him (Vs. 10), in his words we still see love.  In his words, we see the love Paul has for Luke who was the only person left with him who was faithful.  In his words, we see the love for Timothy as he asked his good friend to visit him soon.  In his words, we even see a love for Mark as he asks Timothy to bring Mark with him when he comes to visit.  If you will remember from Acts 15:36-41, earlier in his life Paul did not have the best relationship with Mark.  During his first missionary journey, Mark left Paul and Barnabas which was upsetting for Paul.  This strained relationship with Mark was so bad that it caused Paul and Barnabas to part company completely.  Obviously, though, Paul and Mark must have reconciled and we see that Paul had nothing but love for Mark.

Forgiveness – We have already seen that Paul must have forgiven Mark for his past indiscretions, but we also see a greater level of forgiveness in Paul’s words.  He says, “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.” (Vs. 16)  Paul forgave the people who deserted him, and he was hoping that God would forgive them as well.  Just as Jesus forgave even the men who crucified him, Paul forgave the ones who deserted him.

Near the end of his life, Paul still had a great message and he still had great character.  My prayer today is that at the end of our lives, we all have the same characteristics of faith, love, and forgiveness that Paul displayed in this book.  Since we do not know when the end will come, we have to be prepared by living our lives each day with these characteristics in mind.  There is no better day to begin that than today.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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The Origin and Purpose of the Bible


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 13,14; 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Timothy 3

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 3:14-17

 

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the Bible?  Where did it come from?  Or what about its purpose?  Why do we have the Bible?  If you have ever found yourself asking these questions, then today’s key passage has the answers you have been seeking.  In it, the Apostle Paul is writing to his friend Timothy.  Timothy was a young man and was one of the first second-generation Christians.  At this point in history, most Christians were first-generation, meaning they converted because they heard the good news about Jesus Christ from an evangelist and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.  Timothy, on the other hand, grew up learning about God.  As a small boy, his mother and grandmother read him the Holy Scriptures and taught him about God and about the Gospel of Christ, which led him to becoming a believer himself.  In today’s passage, Paul reminds Timothy of his youth, and then reminds him of the origin and purpose of the Word of God.

Origin of the Bible

Paul reminds Timothy that, “all Scripture is God-breathed” (Vs. 16).  What does this mean?  A lot of times people have a tendency to think of the Bible as simply a collection of stories about God.  They wrongly believe that the Bible represents merely our human interpretation of who God is and what He has done.  While it is technically true that the Bible was written down by the hands of human beings, that is only half of the story.  The people who wrote the Bible did not do so on their own.  They did not write it based on their own ideas of God.  Instead, they wrote exactly what God wanted them to write.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God inspired these writers to tell His story.  The Bible comes from God, and we can trust in it because God was in complete control of its writing.

Purpose of the Bible

Paul continues in our passage and reminds Timothy of the purpose of the Bible.  He says that the Bible, “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. (Vs. 16)  Because the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we can trust what it says about Him.  We can have faith that the character of God represented in the Bible is accurate, and therefore by reading His Word we can learn about Him.  In addition, the Bible helps us to know the difference between right and wrong.  As we read it, we can begin to discern how God wants us to live our lives, and we can discern the things in life He wants us to avoid.  Through following His Word, we can be trained in righteousness, and can learn to live a holy and blameless life through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

As we study the Bible, we must never forget one final note about its purpose.  Paul reminds Timothy that the Bible is useful, “so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (Vs. 17)  The purpose of the Bible is not simply education or training for the sake of training.  We read it to learn how to do God’s will, and it is only useful to us if it leads us to action.  We can read the Bible all day from cover to cover, but the real power of God’s inspired Word comes when we begin living it.

The next time you sit down to read your Bible, keep these things in mind.  Remember that the Book you are holding in your hands was written by the Creator of the universe.  Remember that He wrote it to show you who He is, and how you should live your life.  When you read, allow the words to strengthen your spirit and your faith in God.  Above all else, when you read, allow the words to lead you to do God’s will.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Uncovering the Truth


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Timothy 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 3:1-9

In Paul’s second letter to Timothy (his last known writing that we have in the Bible), Paul spends some time talking about the last days.  The last days refers to the time between when the Holy Spirit came upon the believers at Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection and the second coming of Christ.  In other words, we are currently living in the last days.  Paul talked about false teachers who will be active during this period, and he warns Timothy, and us, about these people.  He says that these people will have the “form of godliness” meaning that they will appear to be Christian on the outside, but will not actually be following Christ on the inside.  This “form of godliness” includes going to church, knowing Christian doctrine, and following a community’s traditions and social mores.  These practices might make a person look good on the outside, but Paul warns that on the inside they are not really living in love and are not really practicing what they preach.  He says that while it may be difficult at first to distinguish between these people and the true believers, eventually the actions of these people will bring the truth to light.

People cannot pretend forever.  Sin will not hide forever.  Some people may be pretty good at hiding sin, but eventually our true hearts will be revealed.  While reading this passage, I was hit with a thought.  What if we were guaranteed that all of our actions, words, and thoughts would one day be revealed to everyone?  What if we knew that all of our family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances would one day know all of the details about us?  If we knew this to be true, would we live our lives any differently?  Would we make different choices?  Would we guard our hearts more carefully?  While this idea of all of our peers knowing our innermost thoughts is not Biblically sound, we do know that God knows our innermost thoughts.  We know that God is fully aware of everything about us.  He knows everything we have ever said, done, or thought.  On the Day of Judgment, we will be forced to account for these things before God.  Before God, we will not be able to hide our true motives.  We will not be able to hide our sin.  We will not be able to undo our mistakes.  On that day, it will be like walking in to take an exam and realizing that we forgot to study.  We cannot study that day…it will not do us any good.  We can, however, start to prepare now.  We can prepare our hearts for that day.  We can confess our sinfulness to God and ask for His forgiveness through His Son Jesus Christ.  We can accept Him as the Lord of our lives, and we can start to follow Him – not just going to church or reading the Bible, but actually following Him.  We can start living as He has directed.  We can learn to obey Him.  Now is the time to start that process.  If we start today and change everything about ourselves that we would not want to be uncovered later, we will have nothing to fear about tomorrow.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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The Last Words of the Apostle Paul


Daily Bible Reading – Amos 1-3; Psalm 80; 2 Timothy 4

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 4:6-18

The last book in the Bible written by the apostle Paul is 2 Timothy.  At this point in his life, he was locked away in a prison in Rome for preaching the Gospel.  Paul knew that he was nearing the end of his life, and he sent one last letter to his friend Timothy.  When I read 2 Timothy, I cannot help but feel a little bit sad and I cannot help but feel a little bit sorry for Paul.  After all, he did nothing wrong and was living a Godly life, but because of the sinfulness of this world he was persecuted, imprisoned, and eventually killed for his faith.  Today’s key passage contains the last known words we have written by Paul, and while he had every right to be depressed or even angry about his current predicament that is not what we see in his words.  As Paul was closing his letter, and in fact as he was “closing” his life, his words show that even when nearing death, Paul’s character did not change.  His words near death reflected the same three characteristics that defined his entire life – faith, love, and forgiveness.

Faith – Our passage begins with these words from Paul – “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (Vss. 6-8)  As Paul grew closer and closer to his last days, he had no fear of death.  He had no doubts about where he was going or about the reward that was awaiting him in Heaven.  In the face of death, Paul had the same unshakable faith that he had during his entire life.

Love – Though Paul was most likely living in a cold, damp dungeon, in his words we still see love.  Though Demas deserted him (Vs. 10), in his words we still see love.  In his words, we see the love Paul has for Luke who was the only person left with him who was faithful.  In his words, we see the love for Timothy as he asked his good friend to visit him soon.  In his words, we even see a love for Mark as he asks Timothy to bring Mark with him when he comes to visit.  If you will remember from Acts 15:36-41, earlier in his life Paul did not have the best relationship with Mark.  During his first missionary journey, Mark left Paul and Barnabas which was upsetting for Paul.  This strained relationship with Mark was so bad that it caused Paul and Barnabas to part company completely.  Obviously, though, Paul and Mark must have reconciled and we see that Paul had nothing but love for Mark.

Forgiveness – We have already seen that Paul must have forgiven Mark for his past indiscretions, but we also see a greater level of forgiveness in Paul’s words.  He says, “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.” (Vs. 16)  Paul forgave the people who deserted him, and he was hoping that God would forgive them as well.  Just as Jesus forgave even the men who crucified him, Paul forgave the ones who deserted him.

Near the end of his life, Paul still had a great message and he still had great character.  My prayer today is that at the end of our lives, we all have the same characteristics of faith, love, and forgiveness that Paul displayed in this book.  Since we do not know when the end will come, we have to be prepared by living our lives each day with these characteristics in mind.  There is no better day to begin that than today.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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The Origin and Purpose of the Bible


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Kings 13,14; 2 Chronicles 25; 2 Timothy 3

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 3:14-17

 

Have you ever wondered about the origin of the Bible?  Where did it come from?  Or what about its purpose?  Why do we have the Bible?  If you have ever found yourself asking these questions, then today’s key passage has the answers you have been seeking.  In it, the Apostle Paul is writing to his friend Timothy.  Timothy was a young man and was one of the first second-generation Christians.  At this point in history, most Christians were first-generation, meaning they converted because they heard the good news about Jesus Christ from an evangelist and accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.  Timothy, on the other hand, grew up learning about God.  As a small boy, his mother and grandmother read him the Holy Scriptures and taught him about God and about the Gospel of Christ, which led him to becoming a believer himself.  In today’s passage, Paul reminds Timothy of his youth, and then reminds him of the origin and purpose of the Word of God.

Origin of the Bible

Paul reminds Timothy that, “all Scripture is God-breathed” (Vs. 16).  What does this mean?  A lot of times people have a tendency to think of the Bible as simply a collection of stories about God.  They wrongly believe that the Bible represents merely our human interpretation of who God is and what He has done.  While it is technically true that the Bible was written down by the hands of human beings, that is only half of the story.  The people who wrote the Bible did not do so on their own.  They did not write it based on their own ideas of God.  Instead, they wrote exactly what God wanted them to write.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God inspired these writers to tell His story.  The Bible comes from God, and we can trust in it because God was in complete control of its writing.

Purpose of the Bible

Paul continues in our passage and reminds Timothy of the purpose of the Bible.  He says that the Bible, “is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. (Vs. 16)  Because the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we can trust what it says about Him.  We can have faith that the character of God represented in the Bible is accurate, and therefore by reading His Word we can learn about Him.  In addition, the Bible helps us to know the difference between right and wrong.  As we read it, we can begin to discern how God wants us to live our lives, and we can discern the things in life He wants us to avoid.  Through following His Word, we can be trained in righteousness, and can learn to live a holy and blameless life through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.

As we study the Bible, we must never forget one final note about its purpose.  Paul reminds Timothy that the Bible is useful, “so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (Vs. 17)  The purpose of the Bible is not simply education or training for the sake of training.  We read it to learn how to do God’s will, and it is only useful to us if it leads us to action.  We can read the Bible all day from cover to cover, but the real power of God’s inspired Word comes when we begin living it.

The next time you sit down to read your Bible, keep these things in mind.  Remember that the Book you are holding in your hands was written by the Creator of the universe.  Remember that He wrote it to show you who He is, and how you should live your life.  When you read, allow the words to strengthen your spirit and your faith in God.  Above all else, when you read, allow the words to lead you to do God’s will.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Uncovering the Truth


Daily Bible Reading – 2 Timothy 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 3:1-9

In Paul’s second letter to Timothy (his last known writing that we have in the Bible), Paul spends some time talking about the last days.  The last days refers to the time between when the Holy Spirit came upon the believers at Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection and the second coming of Christ.  In other words, we are currently living in the last days.  Paul talked about false teachers who will be active during this period, and he warns Timothy, and us, about these people.  He says that these people will have the “form of godliness” meaning that they will appear to be Christian on the outside, but will not actually be following Christ on the inside.  This “form of godliness” includes going to church, knowing Christian doctrine, and following a community’s traditions and social mores.  These practices might make a person look good on the outside, but Paul warns that on the inside they are not really living in love and are not really practicing what they preach.  He says that while it may be difficult at first to distinguish between these people and the true believers, eventually the actions of these people will bring the truth to light.

People cannot pretend forever.  Sin will not hide forever.  Some people may be pretty good at hiding sin, but eventually our true hearts will be revealed.  While reading this passage, I was hit with a thought.  What if we were guaranteed that all of our actions, words, and thoughts would one day be revealed to everyone?  What if we knew that all of our family, friends, coworkers, and acquaintances would one day know all of the details about us?  If we knew this to be true, would we live our lives any differently?  Would we make different choices?  Would we guard our hearts more carefully?  While this idea of all of our peers knowing our innermost thoughts is not Biblically sound, we do know that God knows our innermost thoughts.  We know that God is fully aware of everything about us.  He knows everything we have ever said, done, or thought.  On the Day of Judgment, we will be forced to account for these things before God.  Before God, we will not be able to hide our true motives.  We will not be able to hide our sin.  We will not be able to undo our mistakes.  On that day, it will be like walking in to take an exam and realizing that we forgot to study.  We cannot study that day…it will not do us any good.  We can, however, start to prepare now.  We can prepare our hearts for that day.  We can confess our sinfulness to God and ask for His forgiveness through His Son Jesus Christ.  We can accept Him as the Lord of our lives, and we can start to follow Him – not just going to church or reading the Bible, but actually following Him.  We can start living as He has directed.  We can learn to obey Him.  Now is the time to start that process.  If we start today and change everything about ourselves that we would not want to be uncovered later, we will have nothing to fear about tomorrow.

 

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The Last Words of the Apostle Paul


Daily Bible Reading – Amos 1-3; Psalm 80; 2 Timothy 4

Today’s Key Passage – 2 Timothy 4:6-18

The last book in the Bible written by the apostle Paul is 2 Timothy.  At this point in his life, he was locked away in a prison in Rome for preaching the Gospel.  Paul knew that he was nearing the end of his life, and he sent one last letter to his friend Timothy.  When I read 2 Timothy, I cannot help but feel a little bit sad and I cannot help but feel a little bit sorry for Paul.  After all, he did nothing wrong and was living a Godly life, but because of the sinfulness of this world he was persecuted, imprisoned, and eventually killed for his faith.  Today’s key passage contains the last known words we have written by Paul, and while he had every right to be depressed or even angry about his current predicament that is not what we see in his words.  As Paul was closing his letter, and in fact as he was “closing” his life, his words show that even when nearing death, Paul’s character did not change.  His words near death reflected the same three characteristics that defined his entire life – faith, love, and forgiveness.

Faith – Our passage begins with these words from Paul – “For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (Vss. 6-8)  As Paul grew closer and closer to his last days, he had no fear of death.  He had no doubts about where he was going or about the reward that was awaiting him in Heaven.  In the face of death, Paul had the same unshakable faith that he had during his entire life.

Love – Though Paul was most likely living in a cold, damp dungeon, in his words we still see love.  Though Demas deserted him (Vs. 10), in his words we still see love.  In his words, we see the love Paul has for Luke who was the only person left with him who was faithful.  In his words, we see the love for Timothy as he asked his good friend to visit him soon.  In his words, we even see a love for Mark as he asks Timothy to bring Mark with him when he comes to visit.  If you will remember from Acts 15:36-41, earlier in his life Paul did not have the best relationship with Mark.  During his first missionary journey, Mark left Paul and Barnabas which was upsetting for Paul.  This strained relationship with Mark was so bad that it caused Paul and Barnabas to part company completely.  Obviously, though, Paul and Mark must have reconciled and we see that Paul had nothing but love for Mark.

Forgiveness – We have already seen that Paul must have forgiven Mark for his past indiscretions, but we also see a greater level of forgiveness in Paul’s words.  He says, “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.” (Vs. 16)  Paul forgave the people who deserted him, and he was hoping that God would forgive them as well.  Just as Jesus forgave even the men who crucified him, Paul forgave the ones who deserted him.

Near the end of his life, Paul still had a great message and he still had great character.  My prayer today is that at the end of our lives, we all have the same characteristics of faith, love, and forgiveness that Paul displayed in this book.  Since we do not know when the end will come, we have to be prepared by living our lives each day with these characteristics in mind.  There is no better day to begin that than today.

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