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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #84
Posted: June 22, 2006

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths
 

We turn our attention to three IN CHRIST phrases found in II Timothy 1:l&13-14.  Paul says to young Timothy, Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is IN CHRIST JESUS.  Hold fast the form of sound words which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is IN CHRIST JESUS.  That good thing which was committed unto me keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth IN US.”

Let us be reminded that Paul is writing this letter from a Roman prison.  These are his final words before he is to be executed.  I am amazed at Paul’s focus upon being IN CHRIST when most would have focused on the dark dilemma of death. 

In verse 1 Paul speaks in an authoritative way as an apostle.  The word ‘apostle’ speaks of one who was sent by God on a special mission.  Paul says this mission was determined by the divine will of God.  Paul’s mission was to convey to others the promise of life IN CHRIST JESUS.  This life Paul tells us in Titus 1:2 is ‘eternal life’.  Eternal life is perpetual unending breath.  The foundation of this life is found only in Jesus Christ.  He claimed to be the way, the truth, and the life.  He told Martha, ‘I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me shall never die’.  We cannot identify with Paul being an apostle but we can identify with his mission to tell others about the promise of life IN CHRIST. 

We now turn our attention to the study of verses 13-14.  Paul here exhorts young Timothy about his relationship to the Word of God.  The phrase ‘hold fast’ has the idea of keeping close to the heart.  It is not a one-time thing but an ongoing continual holding to the heart.  The word ‘form’ is used of two word pictures.  One, is the impression left of a seal when imprinted upon a document.  The other is the impression left of the beats of a horse’s hoofs upon the ground.  The phrase ‘sound words’ speaks of the Word of God in its entirety.  The word ‘heard’ is not that of listening with the ears but spiritual hearing of the heart.  Paul said these sound words originated IN CHRIST JESUS the living Word and came from Paul in faith and love.  Let us hold the Word of God close to our hearts.  The continual blows of this Book upon our heart will leave the impression and likeness of Christ. 

In verse 14 the ‘good thing’ Paul speaks of is the ‘sound words’ of verse 13.  The word ‘committed’ means to deposit or entrust to another.  The word ‘keep’ means to guard, watch over, and defend.  Paul made a deposit of the Word in Timothy the young preacher.  He is exhorting him to defend and guard these sound words. 

Paul tells us ‘we will hold fast and keep these sound words only by the Holy Ghost which dwells within us’.  The title ‘Holy Ghost’ is the co-equal member of the Trinity.  He is the Holy breath of God.  It is He who breathed the Word into the Bible writers.  The blessed Holy Ghost dwells in every true believer.  The word ‘dwell’ means to be at home in for the purpose of influencing for good. 

As we hear the blessed sound words of the Bible how the Holy Ghost of God causes us from within to yield to what we have heard with our hearts.  It is through this great transaction we are made into the image of Christ and thus give evidence that He is in us and we are IN HIM.
 

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