God is Able

2 Timothy 1:14, “That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.”

Paul’s second letter to Timothy was for the purpose of encouraging. Timothy, who is more than likely the pastor at Ephesus when the letter is written (see 1 Timothy 1:3), was very discouraged. The Church is waning in devotion (compare Ephesians 6:24 and Revelation 2:4); the society the Church is in is filled with ungodly and evil works (see Acts 19:19); there are many in the city who are given over to the ungodly idols made by sinful man and using these to financially prosper (see Acts 19:23-24); the entertainment of the city is drawing and alluring the attention of the crowds, making it difficult to gain the time of people’s minds to consider the truth (see Acts 19:29, “theatre.” All of these things are weighing heavy on this young preacher as he labors to preach the gospel and shepherd the Lord’s people.

One of the encouraging things that Paul does is remind Timothy of the power of God’s grace. Our study verse tells us about the “Holy Ghost” which is in Timothy. The Holy Spirit is in Timothy by the power of God’s eternal grace. The Lord saved Timothy and is abiding in him. The Lord did not need Timothy’s help, but did this work alone, which declares that God is mighty to save. Paul tells Timothy, (my words and interpretation), if God is powerful enough to save you without your help, He is able to help you in any trouble you have.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the world, in its teachings, has polluted the truth about God’s eternal grace. The message that’s being told is God cannot save you unless you will meet Him half way and help Him. Question? If God is not able to save us without our help, why would we believe He could help us in our troubles? This message actually decreases our trust in God. The truth? God saved us by His grace. We see the evidence of this grace by witnessing the fruits of His great work (see Galatians 5:22). Now, the God Who saved us by His mighty power, is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think (see Ephesians 3:20). Our faith and trust in Him iS increased by believing the truth about eternal grace. Praise God, and thanks be to God for the truth of the Bible, which declares He is able. Amen!

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