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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #85
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 things.”

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 CHRIST.

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 us.