The ability to carry on with the Christian life originates from Jesus Christ. Since Christ died for us and delivered us from transgression, we are therefore liberated from the control of sin. Christ gives us the strength and the comprehension to live as per God's will. Thusly, we would now be able to anticipate Christ's arrival with anticipation and expectation.
In verses 11-12:
The teaching of grace and salvation of the Gospel is for all people, regardless of their ethnic origin or the color of their skin (Ephesians 3:2). The Gospel teaches us to deny sin and to live righteously, for we are no longer under the law but grace (Romans 6:12-14). It instructs us to abandon sin, and to have no more to do with it. We are to deny wickedness and common desires, put off the old conversation (Ephesians 4:22), and the lust of the flesh and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).
We are to live soberly, righteously, and godly. We do this by caring and doing good for one another (1 Corinthians 10:24 & 12:25) and doing what is right for God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Whatever we do in and out of the church building or within the church body should be for the glory and honor of God (Ephesians 4:12).
In verse 13:
We must look to God in Christ, as the object of our hope and worship. In doing so, we look for the glories of another world, that heavenly home. At, and in, the glorious appearing of Christ, the blessed hope of Christians will be complete, to bring us to holiness. Christ’s first appearing was in payment for justice, His second will be in His glory and majesty (Hebrews 9:28). Christ is our hope (1 Timothy 1:1) and without Him man would be miserable (1 Corinthians 15:19).
In verses 14-15:
Christ loved us and gave Himself for us; and what we must do is to love and surrender ourselves to Him. Redemption from sin and purification go together and make a peculiar people for God. We are free from guilt and condemnation. Christ purchased our salvation by giving himself as a ransom (1 Timothy 2:6) and sanctified us (John 10:17-19). Christ suffered for our sins (1 Peter 3:18) by making Himself to be sin that we might be made righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21).
We should speak only of and from God’s Word, not our own (1 Peter 4:11). Having an opinion is one thing, but what does the Word of God, the Holy Bible, say about any subject. Granted, one person may interpret the Word differently from someone else, but we should look at the basics of the Gospel.
Paul told Titus to not only teach the Scriptures but to live them as well. therefore, we are also to teach, to encourage, and to give corrections. How are we to teach the Word?
Albeit good teachings happen in study halls and little gatherings, but a large part of the teaching that Paul alludes to should be done in the “classroom” of the individual and family connections.
2 Timothy 1:8-14
Jesus called but who among us has answered? Have we picked up the Holy telephone or have we left the earthly answering machine on? Have we told the unholy secretary to hold all calls? Or have we responded, “Speak, for thy servant heareth” (1 Samuel 3:10).
Called by God
Call = to command
Here, Paul is in prison and writes to Timothy to tell him that he must resist being ashamed of bearing the testimony of the Lord. Timothy must boldly endure his portion of afflictions for sharing the Gospel.
The Lord promised blessings for those who do suffer.
Timothy needed to remember that, while Paul was in Prison, he was still kept by God’s power and was doing more for Christ’s glory than others who were free. He did not need to let the fear of imprisonment keep him from preaching boldly.
Commissioned by Christ
Commission = authoritative order, a charge
Paul stated that Timothy needs to understand that God’s grace and purpose was the source of his ministry, and that his salvation was not the result of good works. Christians are called to fulfil the holy calling. It does not matter about your status in social circles, your wealth or lack thereof, or your educational background.
Consigned by the Holy Ghost (Spirit)
Consigned = set apart or devote to
We may be in this world, but we are not to be a part of it. We are to let our light shine before others.
Matthew Henry’s Commentary – Thou hadst a soul committed to thee, how was it employed? In the service of sin, or in the service of Christ?
1 Timothy 1:12-20
What is it to have mercy? What is it to have guilt? No doubt we have at some point felt that we are no longer to be forgiven for some sin or transgression. But then there is something called faith.
In verses 12-13:
Is it not wonderful to know that Christ has reached down and forgiven us from our sins, and then to call us into a ministry, no matter what that ministry is? Look at Paul and what he was before he came to know Christ as his Savior. He denounced the teachings of Christ and he hunted down Christians then killed them.
Were any of us just as guilty? Some of us undoubtedly have felt that we were beyond the reach of forgiveness. If God can forgive Paul for all he did and can forgive all the others before and after him, should we not see that God can forgive us as well? (2 Corinthians 3:5-6; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:25; Luke 23:34; Acts 8:3 & 26:9; 1 Corinthians 15:9)
In verses 14-15:
How many times have we felt that our faith was still lacking in substance? Maybe we have felt that we still are not where we should be in our walk with God. That is when we should continually and fervently look to Jesus to strengthen our faith. He is always there for us and will supply all our needs.
Notice how Paul talks of God’s abundant grace? God’s “flooding” grace is the only thing that could ever cover the offenses of Paul’s life. And that came from the shed blood of Christ on the Cross of Calvary. Paul continues in stating that the divine grace of God was what it took to save the chief of sinners, which is what he called himself. (Luke 7:47 & 19:10; Romans 5:8 & 5:20; 2 Timothy 1:13)
In verses 16-17:
Here Paul is offering praise to God for how God demonstrated His perfect patience. Paul understood that the sole purpose of Christ coming was for the redemption of all men. With Christ redeeming Paul, he viewed it as a validation to everyone who doubted his conversion, that this invitation was to all of mankind.
Christ indicated His “longsuffering” with Paul; therefore, Paul would be a guide to all men that believed in Christ of how they should live. Next Paul proclaims God’s supremacy who is the King eternal, immortal, invisible and the only wise God.
God is neither upgraded or enhanced, nor discolored or tarnished, nor restricted or limited by time and He rises above time. God is worthy of all honor, glory, and praise forever more. (Ephesians 2:7; 1 Timothy 6:15-16)
In verses 18-20:
Paul valued the gift of prophecy which gave messages of encouragement and warning to the church. Timothy was to be set apart as a pastor is today. He must have felt encouraged by those that prophesied his abilities and gifts. We all have gifts and abilities to use in the service of the Lord. If we begin to feel discouraged in our walk and work, seek guidance from other believers and never forget to pray to God for reassurance.
We must hold fast to our faith in Christ and do what is right by Him. If we intentionally ignore our conscience, it hardens our hearts. God will speak to us as we walk with Him, just as others have done in the Bible. We must walk closely with God; it will give us the capacity to understand right from wrong and keep our conscience clear. (2 Corinthians 10:4; 1 Timothy 6:12; 1 Corinthians 5:5)
The Apostle Paul realized that he would have fairly died if the Lord's grace and mercy had not been abundant to him who was dead in transgression, by working love and faith into his heart by Christ’s death on the cross. No more genuine words have been verbally expressed that the Son of God came eagerly and intentionally to spare non-believers. The ministry is a war against sin, under the direction and guidance of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is the Captain of our salvation. We should always be upright and true in our actions and behaviors regarding all aspects of our lives.
2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
What is Laziness? It is being unwilling to work or being idle. Here is where Paul admonishes the church against laziness.
There were a few people falsely teaching the Thessalonian church that being as Christ was returning soon, people should stop working, lay aside any responsibilities, quit planning for the future, and just sit back and wait. Be that as it may, their absence of action just drove them into transgression. The church then had to start supporting this type of people which was burdensome and was wasting time. They sat around idly instead of helping other people, and they became ‘busybodies. They may have thought that they were living spiritually by not working, however Paul advised them to be mindful and return to work.
Being prepared for Christ does not mean that we sit on our stool of do nothing, it implies that we should be obeying Him in each everyday issue. Since we realize Christ is coming, we should live so that our confidence and our day-by-day practice will satisfy Him when He returns for us (2 Corinthians 5:9-10, James 1:22, James 4:17, 2 Peter 3:14).
In verses 6-10:
Notice how Paul starts this passage with a command to the people? He does not sugar-coat it. This is a serious situation. He is stating that believers need to be careful with the people that they are associated with. Bad habits start to rub off onto others. Good people can be influenced by others if they are not always on their guard.
Paul is referring to lazy people. Have we ever witnessed any lazy people within our church congregation? I have a sermon titled “A Pound of Tators” from the book of Luke, chapter 19, where I discuss the Tator Family. Here are a few of its members:
The last member, Speck Tator, is the lazy one. How many of them are there in our church? We read on how Paul states that if people don not work, they should not eat. We can take that two ways, one way is the natural. People who are physically able but are too lazy to do an honest day’s work, should not be supported by others (welfare, government assistance). The other is spiritual. People that are too lazy to work in the church in some form or fashion. It may not be a high-profile position within the church. There is plenty to do behind the scenes.
There comes a time for relaxation and recreation. We must have that balance of work, stress, and down-time. Take time for leisure activities but do not get lazy. We must make good use of our time for the Lord. Rest when needed but work as required (1 Thessalonians 5:14, 1 Thessalonians 2:9, 1 Thessalonians 4:11).
In verses 11-15:
A lazy individual who does not employ themselves in the service of the Lord winds up investing energy doing less supportive exercises, such as gossiping. That is the thing that a “busybody” or a 'snoop' does, they gossip or tattle, and that is what tears church members down. These sorts of people are not keen on getting the Gospel message out for God. They make aggravations of themselves and start mischief inside the congregation body. On the off chance that we discover our noses in different people groups business, we might be underutilized in the work of the Lord.
We should abstain from interacting with troublemakers in the church, other than to witness to them. Unfortunately, some believers may entertain socially with the “busybodies” just so the “busybodies” will not talk bad about them. We all have met these types of people, the ones that complain and decide to put their two-cents worth opinions into and about everything, grasping for attention and just wanting to stir something up.
Paul is instructing the church to cease and desist from supporting people with persistent laziness. Do not condone acting in a cruel manner towards them, but in brotherly love two or more should confront those believers that have sinned against the church (Matthew 18:15-17). That way, reconciliation can be made between the unruly person and the church (1 Thessalonians 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:14).
Christians should be working to further the Kingdom, not just sitting back, and watching the world go by. Do not be a lazy Christian or a lazy church. Whatever task we have been called to do, assigned to do, or asked to do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto man (Colossians 3:23).
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
What happens when we die physically? Do our bodies remain in the ground? What about our souls?
Prophetic truth has a utilitarian reason. It is to condemn the hearts of sinners. It is to empower Christians to holiness, and to provide hope and solace to Christians in the hour of death. This letter was composed to urge Christians to live purified lives while they await the return of Christ.
Why had such a large number of believers died and what might befall them when Christ returned was the question that the Thessalonians asked Paul. Paul needed to clarify that passing was not the end. He writes to explain that they should not feel hopeless. All people grieve and feel sorrow with the passing of a loved one, but we do not have to feel as unbelievers feel. At the point when Christ returns, all Christians will be brought together, alive or dead, and will never have to endure suffering or die a physical death ever again.
Do we believe that Jesus was raised from the dead? As Christians, we should believe Christ arose. And as He is risen, so will we rise from the dead. We must remember that there are three deaths, the physical, the spiritual, and the eternal.
The physical death is to be absent from the body. The body ceases to function. Many believers have and will see a physical death. Spiritual death is of a carnal mind, being separated from God. This is a non-believer's position. The eternal death is to be eternally separated from God.
Paul wrote to invite Christians to comfort and energize each other when a friend or family member passes on. The love that should unite Christians in this life is the love that will join believers at Christ's return.
Each Christian who has died since the hour of Christ until the exact instant He seeks His congregation will be revived. It does not make a difference what condition that body is in; it will be raised and be as He is. Those of us who remain living will be raptured after the dead in Christ have been restored.
We will all meet Christ in the air. What a meeting it will be! As Paul had given comfort to the Thessalonians with the resurrection promise, so should we give each other that same comfort of the great hope.
Paul explains true Christian behavior. The old nature is dead. We are to accept Jesus as our Savior and put on the new nature. When we let Christ in our hearts, He changes us into what we should be.
In verses 1-4:
“For ye are dead.” Simply put, we died. We should have little desire for this world and what it has to offer. Our old nature has been removed. We that have been born again are dead to sin; its dominion has been broken. Our real home is in Heaven with Jesus.
“Your life is hid with Christ.” The world cannot see our life. It looks dull to them. We know Christ and Christ knows us. The world does not know Him.
“When Christ, who is our life.” Jesus lives in every believer through His Spirit.
Jesus helps us to live and gives us hope for the future.
“Shall Appear.” As we realize that Jesus is corning again, we should continually look up. We must keep watching for His return for we do not know the hour that He will come back.
“Ye shall appear with Him in glory.” Upon Christ’s return, all believers will be gathered up together with Him in Heaven, those whose life is now hid with Christ.
Paul is reminding us to remember who we once were, who we are at this moment, and who we will be when Jesus returns. Are we truly looking for Jesus to return? What do we focus on?
In verses 5-9:
If we are truly believers of Christ, it will show in our personal holiness and our fellowship with others. In other words, our actions will display what is in our hearts. What does our relationship with Jesus, if any, show in our everyday life? On our daily “to do list,” living holy should not be there. Living holy should be a way of life!
Mortify means to subdue, control, restrain, discipline, or put to death. Look at the different “works of the flesh” that Paul is specifically pointing out in these verses; fornication (sexual immorality), uncleanness (thoughts, words, etc.), inordinate affection (unbridled passions and lust), evil concupiscence (evil desires), and covetousness (envious, greedy, desirous, idolatry). We should be unresponsive to all of the above, or anything that can come between our spiritual lives and God. Just as gardeners prune dead branches from trees and bushes, Christians should prune away the dead things of this world from our lives.
Lay aside the old self and put on the new. Put off old habits and begin new habits, living for Christ and be guided by the Holy Spirit.
“Mirror, Mirror of the Book. Please tell me how I look.”
In other words, what fruit do we bear that others see? Does God need a microscope to see any fruit that we bear? In Galatians 5, we are told what to avoid and what to cultivate. We are not only to cease from doing evil, but we are also to seek to do what is right in the eyes of God. Get rid of the old rags sin, then put on the new clothes of righteousness.
In verses 9-10:
When Christians lie to one another, it disrupts unity and destroys trusts. It can also lead to breaking down relationships and disharmony within the church. Discipleship is a continuing education, a learning process. The more we know and learn, the more we begin to change for the better. People will see Christ in us. We must never give up in obeying God. Practice, patience, reexamination, and attentiveness will help keep us in line with God's will.
In verse 11:
There should be no barriers in the Christian church such as nationality, social standing, religion, race, etc. Christians should accept all people that come to Christ, for it was Christ that broke down the walls of division (race, education, social standing, nationality, religion) and merged all believers into one family.
In Paul's day, many of these people were led to Christ. The Gospel had reached out and touched many lives. Our Christian life is to walk out everywhere showing Christ in all we do. It is believers’ duty to live as He lived. Christians ought to focus on constructing bridges rather than walls.
Here Paul is writing to the Philippians, instructing them to be humble like Christ.
This passage is comparative to Isaiah 53, the prophecy of the suffering servant. There are several characteristics of Christ that are brough about in this passage of scripture:
The case of our Lord Jesus Christ is set before us. We should take after Him in His life, if we would have the advantage of His death. There are two natures of Christ: one Divine nature, and one human. Who being as God, shared the Divine nature, as the endless and just generated Son of God, had not thought it a theft to be equivalent with God, and to get Divine love from mankind. In human nature, Jesus became like us in everything aside from wrongdoing.
Of His own will, He stepped down from Heaven, where he had been with the Father before the world was. Christ not just took upon him the resemblance and type of a man, yet of one of a very low state; not showing up in grandeur. His entire life was an existence of destitution and languishing. In any case, the lowest state was His passing on the cross, the demise of a criminal and a slave; presented to open disdain and contempt. Christ's human nature was exalted in association with the Divine.
At the name of Jesus, and the authority of Jesus, all should pay reverence. It is to the magnificence of God the Father, to admit that Jesus Christ is Lord; for it is his will, that all men should respect the Son as they respect the Father. (John 5:23). Here we see such intentions to self-denying love as nothing else can supply. Do we in this manner adore and comply with the Son of God?
In verses 5-8:
We See the Steps Down:
In verses 9-11:
We See the Steps Up:
What was Jesus’ attitude? Did He complain and murmur? Who has never complained or murmured when told to do something that we didn’t want to do?
He Was Cursed:
He Learned Obedience:
He Was Exalted:
Believers should have an attitude that enables us to lay aside our rights in order to serve others. If we say we are believers of Christ, then we should want to live as he lived. We should also develop an attitude of humility as we serve, just as Christ did; even though we may not get recognized for our service. Can you accept the fact that the pain involved in obedience may benefit those you serve and not you?
Even those condemned will recognize the authority of Jesus at the last judgment. Everyone can decide to see Him as Lord now, in loving and willing commitment, or be compelled to recognize Him as Lord when He returns. Who among us is prepared to meet Him?
We all have sinful desires (flesh), but in order to follow the Holy Spirit, we must deal with these. We cannot ignore them. The spontaneous works of the Holy Spirit is fruit. We cannot get them unless we allow Christ to work in us through the Holy Spirit.
In verses 16-18:
Paul depicts the powers at work inside us, the Holy Spirit, and the evil tendencies. The Holy Spirit is of course stronger, yet we are frail. If we are left to our own knowledge, we will settle on inappropriate decisions. If we attempt to stroll in the Spirit by our own human exertion, we will come up short. The best approach to freedom from our human wants is through the enabling of the Holy Spirit.
Being driven by the Holy Spirit includes the longing to hear, the willingness to comply with God's Word, and the capacity to observe between your emotions and God's promptings. At the point when we live every day guided by the Holy Spirit, that is when the expressions of Christ will be in our hearts and minds. The love for Christ will appear in our activities and the intensity of Christ will assist with controlling ourselves from common wants (Colossians 3:3-8; Ephesians 4:23-24).
In verses 19-21:
We have regular wants, and we cannot overlook them. With the goal for us to follow the Holy Spirit's direction, we should manage them unequivocally (Galatians 5:24). These wants incorporate clear sins, for example, black magic and extramarital perversion, and more subtle ones, for example, desire, outrage, and jealousy. The individuals who disregard such sins or decline to manage them uncover that they have not gotten the gift of faith that prompts a changed life.
Works of the flesh:
In verses 22-23:
The fruit of the Spirit is the unconstrained work of the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit creates these characteristics which are found in Christ. They are the side-effects of Christ's controlling our lives. We cannot get them by attempting to acquire them. For the fruit of the Spirit to develop in us, we should get our lives together with Christ. We should know Him, love Him, and endeavor to resemble Him. The outcome will be that we will satisfy the expected purpose behind the Law, cherishing God, and man.
Since God sent the Law, He likewise sent the Spirit. The consequences of a Spirit filled life are in concordance with the plan of God's Law. An individual who is wealthy in the fruit of the Spirit satisfies the Law obviously better than an individual who watches the customs yet has little love in his heart. Which of these characteristics do we want the Spirit to create in us?
Fruit of the Spirit:
In verses 24-26:
To acknowledge Christ as our Savior, we must abandon our wrongdoings and readily nail them to the cross. That does not imply that we will never observe those wants again, because Christians, despite everything, still could sin. Be that as it may, we have been liberated from the power of sin and we no longer need to surrender to it. We should day by day submit our corrupt wants to God's control and consistently draw on the Holy Spirit's capacity to defeat them (Galatians 2:20; 6:14).
God is keen on all parts of our lives, not simply the spiritual aspect. As we live by the Holy Spirit's capacity, we must present each part of our lives to God, that includes the emotional, social, professional, physical, and intellectual parts of our lives. The Holy Spirit is the wellspring of our new life, so we ought to stroll with Him.
We need a specific measure of endorsement from others. The individuals who make a special effort to make sure about distinctions or to win ubiquity with others show that they are not following the Holy Spirit. People who seek God for endorsement will not have to look for it from others. As children of God, we have His Holy Spirit as the assurance of His endorsement (Galatians 5:16; Philippians 2:3).
We should set ourselves vigorously to mortify the deeds and desires of the flesh, and to stroll in our new life. Not being covetous of vain-greatness, or unduly wanting for the regard and adulation of men, not inciting or begrudging each other, yet looking to deliver all the more plentifully the good fruits of the Spirit, which are, through Jesus Christ, to the acclaim and wonder of God.
2 Corinthians 4:6-17 (17)
What good comes out of trials? This is the second letter from Paul to the believers in Corinth to defend his position as an apostle and to denounce false teachers who twisted the truth.
Romans 5:3-4 – but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope
Romans 8:18 – for I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us
Job 23:10 – but he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold
1 Peter 4:16 – yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf
What tool will He need:
Malachi 3:17, And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
When people see you go through trials, do they view it as a sign of weakness, a sign of instability, or the inability to cope? Do they view your trial as a sin manifesting itself? How should we portray ourselves during trials? Should others see our inner travailing? Should we hide our trials?
Our troubles should not lessen our faith. There is a purpose for the suffering. We should our troubles as opportunities to let the Lord's light shine through us.
1 Corinthians 5:7
Because they did not have time to wait for the bread to rise, the Hebrews were instructed to make bread without yeast (“unleavened bread”) as they prepared for their exodus from slavery in Egypt. They were told to remove all yeast from the house because it was also a symbol of sin. (Exodus 12:15, 13:7). Christ is the perfect sacrifice for our sin. He is our Passover. We should not have anything to do with any past sins (“old leaven”) because He has freed us from the shackles of sin.
In the Old Testament, a lamb had to be used as a sacrifice to temporarily cover the sins of man. This is due to the sin brought onto man in the Garden of Eden. On the night that the children of Israel were to leave Egypt, the family was to sacrifice a lamb without blemish and sprinkle the blood on the doorposts. As the Angel of the Lord went through destroying the first-born Egyptians, would Passover the homes where the blood was applied to the door posts.
The blood represents life.
Where is the lamb?
Behold the Lamb:
Worthy is the Lamb: