Posted: June 26, 2006
A Study of Positional Truths
Our IN CHRIST study this
week takes us to II Timothy 2:1,7 which says, “Thou
therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is IN CHRIST JESUS.
Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all
Paul here addresses
young Timothy as his son in the faith. He issues a challenge to Timothy
to be strong in the grace of his position IN CHRIST. The word ‘strong’
means to empower, or to enable by the increase of spiritual strength.
There is a strength that we can only draw from the fact of who we are IN
In verse 7 Paul calls on
Timothy to ‘consider’ some things. The word ‘consider’
means to think upon, to meditate or to muse upon. In this fast lane
world we live in very few get still and think upon the things of God.
Paul asked Timothy as a son of God to consider some qualities that
should be manifested in the life of God’s child.
Paul, in Chapter Two of
II Timothy, mentions seven such qualities to be manifested in the life
of a believer. The first is that of being a ‘soldier’. (Vs. 3)
This is a word used for a combat soldier on active duty. Ecclesiastes
says there is no discharge from this army. There is only one
reassignment and it is through death and then to heaven. The second
quality is that of a ‘striver’. (Vs. 5) The word is used to
describe both a wrestler and a runner. The wrestling of spiritual
warfare will certainly call on us to reckon ourselves in Him. The
runner is not a short distance but a long distance runner. Christ will
have to cause us to pace ourselves and run with patience the race set
before us, looking unto Jesus. The next quality is that of a ‘sower’.
(Vs. 6) He must be one who labors. Guy King says the word is that of a
farmer who exercises perpetual hum drum. The sower must first partake
of the fruit. We cannot sow the gospel message until we first partake
of the gospel truth. The next quality is that of a ‘sufferer’
mentioned in verse 12. The word ‘sufferer’ means to bear up with
patience in all trouble. We are told the sufferer will reign with Him
if we suffer with Him. The next quality is that of a ‘studier’
mentioned in verse 15. The word ‘study’ means to exert oneself
or give diligence to the subject. Timothy is exhorted to ‘study to
shew himself approved’. (To put to the test for the purpose of
approval) The student is to ‘rightly divide the Word’. The
phrase means to plow a straight furrow. His children will certainly
want to get into this Book and this Book will get into them. Another
quality mentioned in verse 16 is that of one who will ‘shun’.
The word ‘shun’ means to turn oneself about and away from. We
are to shun profane things, (Common or unhallowed things) and we are to
shun vain babblings. (Empty and hollow words) The last quality
mentioned in verse 24 is that of a ‘server’. The word ‘servant’
is that of a bond slave or one who is a willing slave to Christ.
Child of God, as we look
into the mirror of God’s Word, do you see much likeness of the qualities
of a soldier, striver, sower, sufferer, studier, shunner, and a server?
These qualities in their least form assure us we are IN HIM and He is in