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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #86
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.