“Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” (2 Timothy 2:10). This verse came to mind as I was editing yesterday’s blog. 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 proves that the leaders in Corinth did not understand the depth of Paul’s passion for the gospel and his desire that they become mature in Christ (11:1-3). The sufferings listed in these verses prove beyond doubt that Paul was ready to “endure everything for the sake of the elect”.
The second half of this verse in 2 Timothy needs to be understood. To “obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus” is not salvation from sin and damnation, but “deliverance and preservation” in our walk as believers, as the context confirms. There are so many pressures in this world that work against this: money, possessions, public recognition (especially in the church), sins of attitude and lust for secret pleasures. Paul wanted Timothy to follow his example and endure all things so the church would have the right example in all areas of life and ministry.
Where is this endurance today? Where are godly leaders who are more concerned about protecting the flock than their own comforts? No wonder Paul warned the Ephesian elders to “pay careful attention to yourselves” (Acts 20:28). What is your primary concern in life and ministry?
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