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2 Timothy 1:8-12
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.
Reflection & Application
2 Timothy 1:1, 8
- How can Apostle Paul so confidently ask Timothy to “share in suffering for the gospel”? In what ways am I “ashamed of the testimony about our LORD” or ashamed to “share in suffering for the gospel”?
2 Timothy 1:9
- How does the fact that I have been saved “not because of [my] works but because of his own purpose and grace” affect my attitude toward my life?
2 Timothy 1:10-12
- How confidently can I say, “I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me”? What implication does this confidence have on the kind of life I will live, especially in terms of suffering?