Fred von Bargen
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you have learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 3:14-15)
In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, Paul is reminding Timothy to keep the strong faith of his mother and grandmother, which Timothy was taught as a child. Paul is concerned that Timothy’s faith is wavering as persecution from Rome has increased. Paul’s own statement of faith to Timothy is strong and inspiring. He is in prison suffering mightily, yet he will not renounce Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Paul encourages Timothy (and us) to remain steadfast in the one True Faith in order to obtain salvation through Jesus Christ.
Paul knows that his suffering is a result of proclaiming his faith in Jesus Christ. Paul willingly suffers knowing that if the “die in Him we also live in Him”. Paul’s words are encouragement to us all knowing that through life’s many trials Jesus Christ is always with us and that no matter how difficult our final reward is eternal life with Jesus.