(21 verses, 2:20 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Paul gives final instructions for Godly living as found in the gospel of Jesus
MARK and LEARN
- Paul teaches that true contentment is found in the knowledge of Jesus and the forgiveness of sins. Many seek comfort in the world’s riches and money, but these things will never be able to satisfy. Moreover, we cannot take the things of this world, which is passing away, along with us. The love of money, not money in itself, is the root of all kinds of evils. It may be used without fear as long as one does not put his trust in them. Paul does not frown on the rich, but exhorts them to be “rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share” (vs. 18).
- Those who have the forgiveness of sins and make that their security are able to pursue that which is godly and beneficial for their neighbor (vss. 11-12). Against and before the world one is able to make the good confession, personified by the confession of Jesus before Pilate, a ruler of the world. Timothy is to “guard the deposit” entrusted to him (vs. 20) which is nothing else than the gospel of Jesus. This and this alone is contentment in life, and strength against the world and its powers.
- Lord Jesus you give to your people the testimony of the apostles and prophets as a sure testimony of you and your gospel. Root out of us by your word all that would trust in the things of this world for our salvation, that our true contentment would be found in you. Bless those, like Timothy who are entrusted with the care of your flock that they would remain faithful to you and your gospel. In your name we pray, Amen.