Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Grow from the Example of Others, Part 2

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Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:10-11
It has now been made known through the coming of our Savior, Christ Jesus. He has destroyed death. Because of the good news, he has brought life out into the light. That life never dies.  I was appointed to announce the good news. I was appointed to be an apostle and a teacher.

Insights: The next two examples Paul gave to Timothy was the way in which he lived a victorious life because of Jesus’ work.  In other words, Jesus destroyed death.  He brought life to those who were dead in their trespasses and sin.  Paul was trying to help Timothy understand the freedom we have in Christ Jesus.  He gives us life.  He gives us strength.  He gives us peace.  He gives us victory.  He is our all in all.  He is our sufficiency to live through the day.  He is our Savior.  As a result of all He did for us, then we have no other option than to follow the example of Paul.  We must grow in His grace and because of His life transforming work in us, we are compelled to announce the good news to everyone.  Jesus is the only way one gets to heaven and because He is the only way, we must love the world around us and tell others about His great mercy and grace.  We need to help the world understand that apart from Jesus they will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.  They will be in eternal torment and in pain.  Beloved, let us follow the example of Paul.  Let us walk valiantly in this world because of the victorious work of Jesus.  Let us then proclaim this victory to everyone out of the gratitude we have for His redemptive work.  He has forgiven us such a great debt, how can we not share His love with others.  Let us be found faithfully living out of His victory when He returns to take His children home.

1. Do you feel confidence in knowing Jesus is your victory over sin and death?
2. To whom are you sharing the gospel?

Prayer: Father, thank You for the victory Your Son has given to me.  Grant me the boldness to share His victory to others as I preach and teach the gospel.  Amen.

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