From Lynda Lindsey
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. II Timothy 3:14-15
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:16-17
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. II Timothy 4:1-2
Americans, having developed a heightened awareness of danger after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, quickly adopted safeguards to minimize future danger and maximize our level of preparedness and readiness. In like manner, God’s servants know the times in which we live demand our highest level of readiness and anticipation. We know difficulties and lawlessness will increase, that people will no longer desire sound teaching and will turn away from truth. Yet we also know Him in whom we have believed and are convinced that He is able to guard and keep us firm to the end.
Jesus has given us every necessary gift so that we may work diligently and wait patiently for His return. He will sustain us to the end, guiltless in Him. We have God’s written word of truth, the sacred writings, which make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ and enable and equip us for good works in the Master’s kingdom. Neither were we orphaned, left alone in this world when the resurrected Jesus ascended to the Father. God’s Holy Spirit, our Helper, our “Reminder-er,” our Teacher and Comforter, is always with us, strengthening us in our fight against sin.
Paul, knowing evil would grow, not abate, before Jesus’ return, admonished Timothy to continue his ministry, that of boldly preaching God’s transforming word. Faith comes from hearing God’s word, but unless faithful preachers continue to preach the true gospel, the kingdom cannot grow. A man’s last words testify to the veracity of his beliefs; Paul is bold to the end. Paul, soon to die, has fought the good fight, he’s preached the word, in season and out, and now he’s passing the mantle to Timothy. The gospel, faithfully passed down to us, is now in our hands. What will we do with it?