Posted: July 7, 2006
A Study of Positional Truths
We look in our study of
IN CHRIST phrases this week in II Timothy 3:10-12 where Paul said,
“But thou hast fully known my
doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long suffering, charity,
patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch at
Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the
Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly IN CHRIST JESUS
shall suffer persecution.”
In verse 10 we see ‘A
Pattern to Follow’. The phrase ‘fully known’ means to follow
after, to be at ones side, to allow a standard or rule, to conform or
join oneself to a pattern or to become a disciple of one by wholly
conforming to another’s example. Timothy has done more than make a
mental decision to follow the Lord. There has been a major change in
his life. There are several areas that Timothy has conformed to the
likeness he found in Paul. One of the areas is that of ‘doctrine’.
(One’s teaching) Timothy has taken on a likeness to what Paul has
taught. The ‘manner of life’ speaks of ones conduct, walk or
style of life. The word ‘purpose’ is used of the setting forth
of the showbread in the Temple. The root of the word means to
foreordain. Timothy wants the same ordained plan for his life that Paul
has lived. He wants God to ordain that his life be set forth as
spiritual bread for others to break, feast upon, and grow thereby. The
word ‘faith’ is that meaning of the substance of ones unseen
foundation that he stands upon without apology. The word ‘longsuffering’
means long in spirit or long- tempered. Timothy desires to be cool,
calm, and collective as Paul has displayed in his reactions to life.
The word ‘love’ is the love produced by God in the heart of a
wholly yielded child. The word ‘patience’ speaks of forbearance,
the ability to lift the things of life and walk on.
Paul reminds Timothy in
verse 11 of ‘A Promise of Faithfulness’. Timothy has witnessed
the endurance Paul had in persecution and afflictions. The word ‘persecute’
means to drive out or to put to flight. The word ‘afflict’ means
to suffer ill treatment. Paul said he ‘endured’ them all. (To
bear up under, to abide under and through) Because of Paul’s endurance
there is the promise. The Lord ‘delivered’ him out of them all.
The word ‘deliver’ means to persevere in while rescuing from.
My, my, what a promise of faithfulness.
Lastly, in verse 12
there is ‘Persecution That Is Fulfilled’. This certainly lays in
the claim of a promise, probably not a promise that causes shouting or
dancing in the streets, but a promise none the less.
The promise of fulfilled
persecution is made to those who choose to ‘live godly’. The
word ‘godly’ means an attitude always turned God-ward, desiring
that all done is pleasing in His sight. The text tells us it is not a
possibility but a definite ‘shall suffer persecution’.
Let us not think that
living wholly in Him makes us immune from trouble but it guarantees it.
Through much tribulation we shall enter the kingdom. Man born of woman
will be here but a few days and they will be full of trouble. If you
suffer with Christ you shall reign with Him. Let us remember to be IN
CHRIST, the ark of safety, assures us of safe passage through trouble
and not out of trouble.