Interactive Bible study with John Piper. II. Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:1–12. This kindness under such trying circumstances, this steadfastness and boldness in the face of shame and danger, were the fruits of his faith in Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:16-18. To the Christian mind the painful feelings occasioned by the recollection of violated friendship become unspeakably more poignant and intense, when we discover that the claims of friendship and the obligations of religion have been cast off together--that he whom we loved has made shipwreck at once of his faith and of his affection--of his duty to his God and to his friend. But more wonderful still will be that day when the purpose for which the world has been created shall have been accomplished, and, like a faded vesture, it shall be folded up. 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Without a Divine revelation, we do not know that God is merciful at all. 2. If the mariner who is saved from the wreck, when all his shipmates are lost, estimates his preservation more highly than he who has returned to the desired haven with them all in safety, must it not seem a glorious benefit to appear as “vessels of mercy prepared unto glory,” when many fellow-sinners are found to be “vessels of wrath fitted to destruction”? But ten thousand times rather would I have laid this poor and apparently helpless captive under obligations to me by kindness to him, than have merited, by the most splendid civil or military services, the gratitude and reward of him who wore the imperial purple. (E. Payson, D. D.), What shall we think of such who never mind this day? And, as far as we have an opportunity of observing, are not the laws of this government strictly carried out--in every case, sooner or later, exacting penalties from the disobedient? 1983-1999. The good works of this man were all before Paul at this time--his boldness in Christ’s cause, his steadfastness, his kindness; the apostle’s mind was evidently filled with admiration of him, and his heart glowing with love towards him; yet what in this ardour of feeling does he say? And in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well. Although this is possible, still such an inference from one rather general expression is precarious. You are looking forward to many years of life, but the Judge may even now be standing at the door. Note; Every faithful soul may regard death as a vanquished foe: when the sting of sin is taken out, we have nothing to fear, but every thing to hope; while through the grave we see the golden gates of life and immortality unfolded, and the bright beams of everlasting glory illuminating the dark valley of the shadow of death. A good man will seek … "Commentary on 2 Timothy 1:18". The inference, then, that we draw from this prayer is this obvious one--our final salvation, the deliverance of even the best of men in the great day of the Lord, will be aa act of mercy. But these assertions prove only that those who make them are unacquainted with the religion, which they blindly assail. This verse is almost identical with 1 Tim. And then again mercy is closely allied to grace. καὶ δσα κ. τ. λ.: This clause is an afterthought. All rights reserved. Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. Δῴη , give ) A pathetic Anaphora [the frequent repetition of a word in beginnings of sections. The reference to the great day of judgment falls in with this hypothesis. I. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". ), When Thomas Hooker was dying, one said to him, “Brother, you are going to receive the reward of your labors.” He humbly replied, “Brother, I am going to receive mercy.”, The Christian manner of expressing gratitude, The enemies of Christianity, while stating its supposed defects, have asserted that it recognises neither patriotism nor friendship as virtues; that it discountenances, or at least does not encourage, the exercise of gratitude to human benefactors; and that its spirit is unfriendly to many of the finer feelings and sensibilities of our nature. 5. It is error, and gross error. He was one of those whose effectual fervent prayer reached the heavenly temple, and, through the channel of the atonement, drew down eternal blessings on his soul, and on the souls of those for whom he interceded. American Tract Society. 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