Posted by: SandreS | October 2, 2009

The Church in Ruins (Brief Thoughts on II Timothy), Part 25

Gathering During the Apostasy

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (II Timothy 2:22).

Charles Welch shares with us some wonderful insight,

One of the most important facts to remember in connection with any attempt to form a meeting today is the condition that corporate Christianity had reached in the days of Paul. The second epistle to Timothy reveals a church in ruins, the foundation alone remaining and exposed to view. Consequently the discipline that was possible while the church was standing can no longer be put into operation. Instead of Timothy being instructed to exercise his disciplinary powers upon others, he is urged to exercise them upon himself. The foundation itself bears the seal:

Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity (II Timothy 2:19).

The personal note is sounded in such statements as:

If a man therefore purge himself from these [not purge others] (II Timothy 3:5).

Timothy is told to ‘shun’ profane and vain babblings, to ‘flee’ youthful lusts, to ‘follow’ righteousness, faith, love, peace with them that call on the name of the Lord out of a pure heart. Foolish and unlearned questions he is to avoid, knowing that they ‘gender strifes’ (II Timothy 2). These passages seem to indicate in a general way the mind of the Lord as to the meeting together of His people.[1]

(to be continued)

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

[1] Charles Welch, The Berean Expositor, Vol. XII, No. 3, March 1922.


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