Posted by: SandreS | September 15, 2009

The Church in Ruins (Brief Thoughts on II Timothy), Part 9

Partakers of the Afflictions of the Gospel

Be not therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner: but be partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God (II Timothy 1:8).

Paul encourages Timothy to be a co-sufferer with him; to join with him in the patient suffering and endurance of evil for the sake of God’s glorious and gracious good news.

A.E. Knoch wrote wonderfully of this calling of all those who will be true to the message delivered to Paul:

Those who spread Paul’s teaching must suffer Paul’s treatment. The teaching and the treatment are close companions. The more gain you deserve at the dais [Judgment Seat of Christ] the more pain you are likely to bear beforehand. Paul’s case was not due to his person, but his message. The more you think about it, the stranger it seems that he exhorts his successor to suffer evil! How seldom is this note heard today in preparing for the ministry! Is it not because Paul’s message is missing? … [W]hen we are faithful to Paul’s evangel, and the inevitable evil ensues, let us bear it and never shrink from suffering with the great herald and apostle and teacher. Rather, let us cherish it as a privilege, the highest honor which this era can confer on the sons of Adam.[1]

(to be continued)

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2001, 2009 Bible Student’s Press

[1] A.E. Knoch, The Problem of Evil, pp 270ff, Concordant Publishing Concern, 2008


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