Monday, July 13, 2015

I Was Moved To Re Post This- Getting A deeper Revelation Of Grace

NOTE: Pray for me, hurt back working out doors, and ill thank you

2Ti 2:1  Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

VWS:

2 Timothy 2:1

Therefore (οὖν)

In view of what has been said in the previous chapter.

Be strong (ἐνδυναμοῦ)

In Paul, Rom_4:20; Eph_6:10; Phi_4:13. Lit. be strengthened inwardly.

In the grace (ἐν τῇ χάριτι)

Grace is the inward source of strength. Comp. the association of grace and strength in 2Co_12:9.

2Co 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Clarke:

2 Timothy 2:1

Be strong in the grace - Though the genuine import of the word grace is favor, yet it often implies an active principle communicated from God; light directing how to act, and power enabling to act according to the light.

Barnes:

2 Timothy 2:1

Thou therefore - In view of the fact stated in the previous chapter, that many had turned away from the apostle, and had forsaken the paths of truth.

Be strong in the grace which is in Christ Jesus; - compare the notes at Eph_6:10. The meaning is, Be strong, relying on the grace which the Lord Jesus only can impart.

JFB;

Thou therefore — following my example (2Ti_1:8, 2Ti_1:12), and that of ONESIPHORUS (2Ti_1:16-18), and shunning that of those who forsook me (2Ti_1:15).

My son — Children ought to imitate their father.

Be strong — literally, “be invested with power.” Have power, and show thyself to have it; implying an abiding state of power.

In the grace — the element IN which the believer’s strength has place. Compare 2Ti_1:7, “God hath given us the spirit of power.”

Gill;

2 Timothy 2:1

Thou therefore, my son,.... The illative particle, "therefore", shows the connection between this and the preceding chapter; the appellation, "thou, my son", expresses the apostle's tender affection for Timothy, and is the rather used to engage his attention to the advice he was about to give him; which is, that since he had received the true grace of God, and unfeigned faith dwelt in him; and since he had such gifts, qualifying him for the work of the ministry; and since so good a thing as the glorious Gospel of the blessed God was committed to his trust; and since there were so many who had departed from it, and so few that abode by it, he would have him

be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; by which may be meant either the free favour and love of God in Christ, Rom_8:39 which is in itself always strong, immovable, and unalterable; and is the strength and security of the saints, though they have not always the same strong believing views of it; and to be strong in it, is to be rooted and grounded in it, and to have a strong sense and firm persuasion of interest in it, and that nothing can separate from it: or else the Gospel, which is a declaration of grace, and is in Christ, and comes by him; and to be strong in it, is to preach it boldly, to defend it bravely, and courageously oppose every error and heresy, and every abettor thereof; and it also becomes every private believer to hold it fast, stand fast in it, abide by it, and earnestly contend for it; and so the phrase may stand opposed to תקיף באוריתא, or גבר, "one strong in the law", which is so often used by the Jews (d): or rather by grace is meant the fullness of grace which is in Christ, for the supply of his people; for in that grace which is in him, and not in that which is in themselves, should their dependence be.

 It is very agreeable to be strong in grace received, in point of exercise, but not in point of contentment; so as to rest satisfied with the present measure of it, without growing in it, and going on to perfection; and much less in point of consolation, so as to derive peace and comfort from it; and still less in point of trust and confidence in it; for it is but a creature, though a very glorious one, being the workmanship of God, and very variable as to its exercise, and as yet imperfect; and not that, but the object of it, is to be trusted in: though indeed a person's enjoyment of everlasting glory and happiness may be strongly concluded from the work of grace which is begun in him; that being an immortal seed, and a well of living water springing up into eternal life; and with which glory is inseparably connected.

But grace in Christ is what believers should always have recourse unto, and exercise faith on; and not only believe that there is such a fullness of grace in Christ, which they have both heard of and seen, and which they know is laid up for them, and given to them, and is sufficient for them; but they should go forth out of themselves unto it, and draw water with joy out of the full wells of salvation in Christ: and this grace is of a strengthening nature, both to ministers of the word, to enable them to fulfill their ministry, to bear reproaches, afflictions, and persecution for the Gospel, and the infirmities of weak brethren; and to private believers, to strengthen them against every corruption, temptation, and snare, to exercise every grace, and discharge every branch of duty.

The meaning of Grace Webster’s dictionary old edition.

 Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him.

And if by grace, then it is no more of works. Rom 11.

 Favorable influence of God; divine influence or the influence of the spirit, in renewing the heart and restraining from sin.

My grace is sufficient for thee. 2 Cor 12.

 The application of Christ's righteousness to the sinner.

Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. Rom 5.

Spiritual instruction, improvement and edification. Eph 4:29.

Apostleship, or the qualifications of an apostle. Eph 3:8.

Favor; mercy; pardon

There are more definitions, but this will suffice to make my point about GRACE. We have all learned of it, we all know the basic def. is unmerited favor, but as we see what grace means it is much deeper than that. It had to be a quality for an Apostle, it is a instructor, it is grace to others, from grace we have received, the strength of grace as we read the verses, I want to narrow this teaching down to the Strength of Grace.

We see the verse quoted in most of the commentaries and in Webster’s def. the verse.

2Co 12:9  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Paul learned this lesson well and that is why he is now telling Timothy be strong in grace. It is unmerited favor it is from our lord; it is a way to achieve strength, power, confidence, in our lord, Grace. What a powerful word, what a powerful attribute of our lord, grace, seems simple enough, but as you see it may be a tad more than you have studied and learned. Grace is so deep, it is said so often, we start to make light of grace, we say grace before we eat, in the gospel message we hear of grace, but grace is much more than a word used every day. When something is said and used every day, the mind tends to not focus on what is being said, what is meant. Tradition is good, if it is from the bible, but tradition no matter how good can become stale, if we do not go deeper into the root of it. Grace is a word that must be fully understood.

In the O.T. the word says say Grace, Grace to the mountains, this is powerful, saying the word grace to the lords creation. While the earth groans in the birth pains, let us yell grace, grace to the mountains, let us apply grace in all out works, or they are dead, law vrs. Grace. Jesus fulfilled the law, we are in the dispensation of the grace covenant, Jesus blood does what the law could never do, it is opposite of the law, the law is the tutor, teacher to show us how no one could ever attain a proper standing with the lord, the blood of animals could not do it.

Jesus and the rich man, the rich man said I have observed all the laws fro my youth, Jesus said, sell all you have and give it to the poor, we all know the end of that story, the rich man walked away, Grace vrs. the N.T. Grace Law. The N.T. is to be accomplished only by grace, but there are rules, and we must run in grace and strive to walk in the way of the N.T. law,.

2Ti 2:5  And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

Law, the N.T. is there a problem in this a contradiction, NO lets take a look at that verse.

Gill:

2 Timothy 2:5

And if a man also strive for masteries,.... In the Olympic games, by running, wrestling, leaping, &c.

yet is he not crowned; with a corruptible, fading crown, a crown made of herbs and leaves of trees, as parsley, laurel, &c.

except he strive lawfully; according to the laws and rules fixed for those exercises; so no man that calls himself a Christian, minister, or any other, can expect the crown of life, the prize of the high calling of God, except he runs the race set before him, in the right way; looking to Christ, the mark, pressing through all difficulties, towards the prize, and holds on and out unto the end.

2 Timothy 2:5

If a man also strive for masteries - Εαν δε και αθλῃ τις· If a man contend in the public games - the Olympic or Isthmian games among the Greeks, so often alluded to and particularly explained in the notes on 1Co_9:24-26, to which the reader is referred for a full illustration of this verse.

Is he not crowned - Though he may have conquered, except he strive lawfully - unless he enter according to the rules of the athlete, and act as these direct. No man, however zealous he may have been, is to expect the Well done, good and faithful servant, from Jesus Christ, unless he have labored in the word and doctrine, preached the truth as it is in Jesus, and built up the Church upon Him who is its only Foundation.

You think the N.T. call to holiness is easy, Jesus said if you hate someone your a murder, look at a women with lust your an adulterer, this seems imposable, that’s the key, it is, in comes grace, the blood and the enabling power of The holy Spirit. We can say, ‘I will do enough just to make it into heaven’, and many will, those who want to strive for masteries, go the full way, full denial of self, it is as the commentaries said, like an athlete, it takes putting to death the deeds of the flesh. We are promised we have been given all from the lord to live out a holy life, but only if we use the tools, and one of the tools is the strength form a deep insight and revelation of Grace.

1Pe 1:15  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1Pe 1:16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

1Pe 1:17  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

1Pe 4:1  Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Do you see why I always write and preach that the N.T. is a blood covenant of suffering, it is in the word.

2Pe 1:3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

There it is, the bible fact we can if we choose to strive for the masteries, we can live a holy life if we choose to, we have been given everything.

The word will never tell us something we should do and can do, if we were not given grace strength to do it that is striving lawfully, according to the rules. If the word says be ye holy, that means we can be holy, the word will never say we must live the Christian life if it were not a possibility I am not talking about perfection, but on going sanctification, by the strength of Grace, now I hope you never look at that word Grace the same again and understand we must strive lawfully, according to the rules, and we have been enabled to live it, if we choose to do so.

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