2 Timothy 4* The apostle solemnly charges Timothy to be diligent, thoughmany will not bear sound doctrine. (1-5) Enforces the chargefrom his own martyrdom, then at hand. (6-8) Desires him to comespeedily. (9-13) He cautions, and complains of such as haddeserted him; and expresses his faith as to his own preservationto the heavenly kingdom. (14-18) Friendly greetings and hisusual blessing. (19-22)1-5 People will turn away from the truth, they will grow wearyof the plain gospel of Christ, they will be greedy of fables,and take pleasure in them. People do so when they will notendure that preaching which is searching, plain, and to thepurpose. Those who love souls must be ever watchful, mustventure and bear all the painful effects of their faithfulness,and take all opportunities of making known the pure gospel. 6-8 The blood of the martyrs, though not a sacrifice ofatonement, yet was a sacrifice of acknowledgment to the grace ofGod and his truth. Death to a good man, is his release from theimprisonment of this world, and his departure to the enjoymentsof another world. As a Christian, and a minister, Paul had keptthe faith, kept the doctrines of the gospel. What comfort willit afford, to be able to speak in this manner toward the end ofour days! The crown of believers is a crown of righteousness,purchased by the righteousness of Christ. Believers have it notat present, yet it is sure, for it is laid up for them. Thebeliever, amidst poverty, pain, sickness, and the agonies ofdeath, may rejoice; but if the duties of a man's place andstation are neglected, his evidence of interest in Christ willbe darkened, and uncertainty and distress may be expected tocloud and harass his last hours. 9-13 The love of this world, is often the cause of turning backfrom the truths and ways of Jesus Christ. Paul was guided byDivine inspiration, yet he would have his books. As long as welive, we must still learn. The apostles did not neglect humanmeans, in seeking the necessaries of life, or their owninstruction. Let us thank the Divine goodness in having given usso many writings of wise and pious men in all ages; and let usseek that by reading them our profiting may appear to all. 14-18 There is as much danger from false brethren, as from openenemies. It is dangerous having to do with those who would beenemies to such a man as Paul. The Christians at Rome wereforward to meet him, #Ac 28|, but when there seemed to be adanger of suffering with him, then all forsook him. God mightjustly be angry with them, but he prays God to forgive them. Theapostle was delivered out of the mouth of the lion, that is, ofNero, or some of his judges. If the Lord stands by us, he willstrengthen us in difficulties and dangers, and his presence willmore than supply every one's absence. 19-22 We need no more to make us happy, than to have the LordJesus Christ with our spirits; for in him all spiritualblessings are summed up. It is the best prayer we can offer forour friends, that the Lord Jesus Christ may be with theirspirits, to sanctify and save them, and at last to receive themto himself. Many who believed as Paul, are now before thethrone, giving glory to their Lord: may we be followers of them.
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