The Book of 2 Timothy Bible Study Chapter 1 Part 3

We look at only one, very important, verse as we kick off this week: 2 Timothy 1:12

Verse 12: (literally) For this reason and these things I suffer; nevertheless, I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and I am persuaded that He is able to keep my deposit in that Day.

  • This reason and these things: The call that Paul has on his life. Paul is confident that what he is going through (suffering) is due to the fact that he is doing the will of G-d for his life. 
  • I suffer: We live in a fallen, sinful, world. G-d knows that we are going to suffer evil things, at the hands of the enemy, for the sake of our faith (2 Tim 1:8). G-d’s will is good and perfect (Roms 12:2). It is not G-d’s good and pleasing will for us to suffer this evil. G-d did not commission the enemy or invite him into our lives to do his evil once we are saved. However, G-d does warn us that when we are being obedient to His will and plan for our lives, we are going to experience hardship, trials and tribulation (evils) in this world.
  • I am not ashamed: Once he was saved, Paul spent a lot of time in prison. Many of the people in the communities (where Paul was living and serving) would have cast Paul aside as a ‘common criminal’. Paul kept doing and saying things that the empire did not like. It was these things, these Kingdom things, that kept getting him thrown into prison. Paul was not ashamed of the fact that he went to prison for these things. He knew Whom he believed in.
  • I know whom I have believed: The grammar used here (perfect tense) lets us know that this was true for Paul in the past, it was true for him at the writing of this letter, and it would continue to be true for him into the future. Paul’s faith was secure. It was not going to alter or change. Similarly, a true believer’s faith in Messiah will not waiver. If we have believed in Messiah in the past, we will believe in Him today. Even when suffering comes upon us, we will still continue to believe in Messiah into the future. Our faith and belief do not change when our circumstances change. 
  • I am persuaded: Also written in the perfect tense. No circumstance will change Paul’s thinking on what G-d has called him to do. It is something he absolutely believes. Like Jeremiah (Jer 20:7-9), Paul, despite persecution and hardship, cannot keep silent about proclaiming what G-d had called him to proclaim. When we are walking in G-d’s call and will for our lives, we are going to experience a peace and a contentment that supersedes the consequences that come with obedience to His call. 
  • He is able: Paul is confident in the consistency of G-d. He knows that G-d is always able to carry out what He has promised. Circumstances do not limit G-d’s ability. G-d is the Rock of our salvation (Ps 95:1). We can depend on Him. 
  • My deposit: Many Bibles translate this as a verb, but it is in fact a noun. Paul’s deposit/charge is a reference to the call that Paul had received. Paul is saying that he knows that G-d is able to keep him so that the call he has received from G-d (what has been deposited into his life) will be able to be carried out. Paul knew that G-d would be faithful to deliver him through any obstacles or opposition that he was going to face. G-d was going to help Paul to overcome the suffering. He would help Paul to not be pushed back, defeated or discouraged. We can have assurance that what G-d has begun in our lives He is faithful to complete – He is able to keep us… (Phil 1:6). 
  • That Day: A reference to Judgment Day. There is a Judgment Day for all people. Judgment Day happens before the judgment seat of Messiah (2 Cor 5:10). As believers, our judgment is a judgment of reward (Roms 2:5-10; Rev 22:12). All believers, as soon as we believe in Messiah, are given eternal life (John 17:2-3). On this Day, it is not our eternal life that is being called into judgment (John 5:24), but it is our faithfulness to the call or charge that we received from G-d that will be judged. We are going to be rewarded according to the degree that we have submitted to, obeyed and carried out the will and plan of G-d for our lives. Paul has assurance that when he stands before the judgment seat of Messiah, he would have done what G-d had called him to do and he would hear the words: ‘Well done, good and faithful SERVANT’ (Matt 25:21). When we walk in the will of G-d for our lives, we live lives that are pleasing to Him. 

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