|1:1||Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,|
|1:2||To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.|
|1:3||I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;|
|1:4||Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;|
|1:5||When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.|
|1:6||Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.|
|1:7||For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.|
|1:8||Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;|
“God’s Word will definitely be accomplished”
2 Timothy is the second letter from Paul to Timothy, who did the ministry at Ephesus together. Paul, who was in prison, again came to realize that the time of his martyrdom was soon to come. Thus, he wrote this letter to Timothy, the son of faith and his fellow worker to comfort him and give him new strength and courage. In the beginning, Paul greets Timothy, saying that he became an apostle of Christ Jesus, by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus. Our life newly began, as the promise of life. The promise of life was made through the redemption and resurrection that refers to the Gospel. At that time, Apostle Paul was about to be martyred. However, his physical death did not matter to him. Rather, it served to clear the schedule for him to make the promise of his life. Make sure to hold on to the promise of life even in the midst of your troubles. According to God’s word this year, I bless you in the name of the Lord that may you have the evidence of standing as the pillar of the main sanctuary.
1. Sincere Faith
The thing Apostle Paul fundamentally emphasized when he writes 2 Timothy, is the Gospel, which is the promise of life. Chapter 1 says to "Keep the Gospel." In chapter 2, it says to "suffer for the Gospel." In chapter 3 it says to " Continuously dwell in the Gospel." And in chapter 4, it says to "Preach the Gospel." Paul reminded Timothy the kind of mind he should have when he does his ministry. Paul passes the baton of the Gospel, as Paul`s time for martyrdom comes closer. The life of an evangelist who preaches the promise of life, Apostle Paul, is revealed. The important spiritual asset of Timothy is sincere faith. Sincere faith refers to the pureness and true faith. This faith is filled with the Gospel. True faith is not the faith that is self-centered, but the faith that is centered in only on Jesus Christ. Sincere faith is the faith that devotes oneself only for the Gospel. Apostle Paul mentioned where the sincere faith that Timothy had came from. In verse 5, it says that it came from his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. It shows the importance of relaying the covenant in the family. The most successful parents in the world are the ones who plant the covenant to their children based on Acts 1:1,1:3,and 1:8. I bless our Remnants to get the evidence that become a spiritual model like Timothy and to live as the one that is imprinted with the Gospel.
2. Restoration of the Gospel-Oriented Passion
Apostle Paul referred to the circumstance that Timothy became a pastor and emphasized what fanned into flame as the gift of God. Timothy was actually a timid person. Apostle Paul said to Timothy to have a restoration of the evangelical passion. There is a precondition that God gave us, the gift that restored our relationship with God. Do not bury this, keep this burning. It is to grow your spiritual vessel for your individual faith. In today’s passage, Apostle Paul tells Timothy to not have a spirit of fear. God gave us a spirit of power, love and self-control, not fear. Paul is encouraging Timothy to carry his ministry by the power of God, and to possess spiritual influence over the believers with his evangelical love and discernment. In Romans 8:18, Apostle Paul confesses, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” I pray that may all Yewon believers be the first to preach the Gospel according to the promise of life in any circumstance, for we know that we have the promised future. So may all of you rightfully gain the title of the pillar of salvation for the souls before God.
Pastor Charles Swindoll, a former President of Dallas Theological Seminary once said this: “Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you react to it. You can’t escape from what’s happening, but can choose how to react to it.” You cannot stop the troubles from happening. It is up to you whether you just tremble with fear, insecurity, anxiety, and with worries, or you can hold onto Jesus Christ, who solved all the problems in your life. Fear is something that disappears when you’re imprinted, rooted and natured of the Gospel, the promise of life. In times of trouble, you’ve got the power to get through it, and that’s the mighty hand of the Lord. We need to see that Jesus is Christ is the one who solved every problem in our lives. I bless you in the name of the Lord that may all Yewon believers really experience this in your lives and become pillars of the Kingdom of God beyond hardships.