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Encouragement for the Weary Saint

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Ben Lovelady

on 12 October 2014

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Encouragement 1: "Timothy, your future is as secure as Christ’s."
"Remember Jesus Christ,
raised from the dead....
2 Timothy 2:8
Encouragement 2: "Timothy, you’re part of a much bigger story."
"Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead,
descended from David
2 Timothy 2:8
Encouragement 4: "Timothy, your endurance affects the eternal destiny of others."
"Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus."
2 Timothy 2:10
Encouragement 5: "Timothy, those in Christ will spend eternity in eternal glory."
"Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that
they too
may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus,
with eternal glory
2 Timothy 2:10
Encouragement 7: "Timothy, He will soon make things right and you’ll be with Him."
"...if we endure, we will also reign with Him."
2 Timothy 2:12
Christ's Faithfulness to the Weary Saint
"Then said Christian, 'What does this mean?' Hence Interpreter replied, 'This is Christ, who continually, with the oil of His grace, maintains the work already begun in the heart; by this means, notwithstanding what the Devil attempts to do, the souls of his people still prove to be gracious. And in that you saw that the man stood behind the wall to maintain the fire, this is to teach you that it is hard for those who are tempted to understand how this work of grace is upheld in the soul.'”
John Bunyan
Pilgrim's Progress

Encouragement for the Weary Saint
"I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus."
Philippians 1:6
Encouragement 3: "Timothy, circumstances don’t dictate effectiveness."
"This is my gospel,for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal.
But God's word is not chained
2 Timothy 2:8-9
Encouragement 6:
"Timothy, if you’re dying, you’ll soon be living."
"Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him."
2 Timothy 2:11
Encouragement 8: "Timothy, live in righteous fear of the Son’s true gravity."
"If we disown Him, He will also disown us."
2 Timothy 2:12
"Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God--the gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord."
Romans 1:1-4
"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures."
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
"Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep."
1 Corinthians 15:20
"I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
Genesis 3:15
"Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly."
Philippians 1:12-14
"...having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."
Colossians 2:14-15
“…remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you say it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. nations, cultures, arts, civilizations—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
C.S. Lewis
"Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering."
Augustine of Hippo
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him."
Ephesians 1:3-4
(cf. Acts 13:48; 18:10)
"...our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."
2 Corinthians 4:17
"We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
Romans 6:4
"Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for His wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him."
Psalm 2:10-12
"…he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it. The first one came and said, 'Sir, your mina has earned ten more.' 'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.'
Luke 19:15-17
"Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law--a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.' Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me."
Matthew 10:32-38
"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."
Matthew 10:28
Encouragement 9: "Timothy, rely on God’s faithfulness to what is true, and be true."
"...if we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself."
2 Timothy 2:13
"What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: 'So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.'"
Romans 3:3-4
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