The Greatness of God’s Salvation
March 27, 2016 Speaker: Brent Small
Topic: Salvation Passage: 2 Timothy 1:8–1:10
In this sermon podcast on 2 Timothy 1:8-10, Pastor Brent unfolds 3 “bold assertions” concerning the greatness of our salvation that compel us to courageously live the Christian life.
What would compel a man to earnestly contend for the Christian faith when he has been imprisoned for that faith? What drives a man to fight the good fight when he sits naked in a dungeon, cold, chained and awaiting the guillotine? Furthermore, how does that man then motivate a young man whom he will leave behind to contend for the faith and suffer for the gospel?
The answer lies in the “greatness” of God’s salvation. As the Apostle Paul suffers a second imprisonment and awaits his death he is faced with the challenge of motivating his son in the faith, the beloved Timothy. What does he say to compel Timothy to strive for the gospel?
Paul chooses the most compelling factor of all, the greatness of God’s salvation. After telling Timothy that he is not to cower for he has not received a spirit of timidity, Paul then calls Timothy to join him and suffer for the gospel.
But what will empower his suffering? What will move him to continue to face the challenges of the church and gospel ministry? Only the greatness of salvation can compel the minister of God. Therefore, in verses 8-10, Paul uniquely unpacks the eternal and sovereign nature of the very salvation that Timothy possesses and that every believer possesses.
Are you struggling in the Christian life or facing difficult challenges to live out the gospel? Take courage and be motivated by the greatness of God’s salvation which was planned, accomplished and delivered to you.